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Conscious Elders Network 2016 National Gathering 

"One Earth, One Humanity, One Future" 

September 18th - 21st


'We the Elders' launched CEN in April, 2014, responding to our concern about the serious social justice and environmental issues we face as a nation. We began this quest motivated by our deep desire to leave a livable world and future for our grandchildren and all of Life. As elders, we know that we have the experience, knowledge, wisdom, resources, and time to create the needed changes to address those issues in our society. We can envision a better future. 


Having achieved significant accomplishments during our first two years, we are planning to gather as the leaders of this movement once again this September. We will set the stage to take significant steps in the magnitude of our engagement, the effectiveness of our work, and the zeal of our commitment... steps made possible by being and working together. We invite you to join us in our endeavor!

Our goals and plans for this gathering include:

Developing elements to expand and strengthen the scope of our activism in the areas of Environmental and Climate Action, Social and Economic Justice, and Regenerative Living;

Defining a comprehensive education program and curriculum for shifting our consciousness as individuals and as a collective;

Setting the stage for establishing a network of Elder Circles and Climate/Social Justice action chapters across North America; and

Bonding, inspiring one another, and having fun together!


Morning Plenary Sessions will explore the synergism and empowerment that comes from collaborating and co-creating in community, the challenges of developing such a culture, and the commitment required to enact living to our vision of “We are One.

Afternoon Break-out Sessions (partial list)

Climate Action – mobilizing the power of elders to restore a livable planet for future generations by  working to change our nation’s energy policies.

Social Justice - considering how to engage effectively in social justice issues within our local and national communities, specifically around racism and wealth inequality. 

Regenerative, Sustainable Living – presenting alternatives for living in right relationship with earth’s dwindling resources while also building community: including co-housing, ‘agrihoods’, slow money, and sharing economies.

Giving Back to the World – considering five factors central to discerning and choosing one’s deepest call to service, 

The New Worldview – embracing Earth’s evolutionary journey to redefine ‘progress’: from more wealth to more health, more stuff to more satisfaction, and more experiences to deeper meaning.   

Elder Circle and Chapter Building – learning the fundaments of how to create, nurture, and sustain a committed community of conscious elders where you live.

CEN Education and You! – creating educational and consciousness-raising opportunities for the CEN community, and establishing partnerships with other organizations providing complementary courses and retreats. 

Reclaiming our Moral Voice – exploring how elders are key to re-building our communities and creating the inter-dependent web of life that holds as its highest value “reverence for all Life”. 

We the Elders are here to do this noble work; it is our Destiny!   



We will again be meeting at the beautiful Mercy Retreat Center in Burlingame, CA, starting with dinner on Sunday, Sept. 18th and ending with lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. Although it is just five miles from San Francisco International Airport, the retreat center and its beautifully landscaped grounds, labyrinth, and quiet pathways provide a serene and nurturing setting for our gathering.  

Mercy Center, single room, shared bath     $595

Commuter, includes lunches and dinners   $460

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