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WISDOM CIRCLES

A Wisdom Circle is

  • An opportunity to explore, share and understand what is deeply meaningful to each of us regarding the journey from aging to sage-ing.
  • Made up of people who come together to share and learn from each other.
  • A dialogue that focuses on topics related to aging and the changing role of elders in our society.
  • A safe, respectful place to engage in life review, healing, and focusing on your legacy.
  • Learning some tools to become wise sages.

A Wisdom Circle is not…

  • A therapy group or a religious or political group.

Wisdom Circle participants...

  • Are good listeners.
  • Are comfortable with silence.
  • Do not have the need to advise or fix others.
  • Have a general sense of curiosity.
  • Keep an open mind to the views of others.
  • Have a good sense of humor and use it wisely.
  • Appreciate the differences among people.
  • Are able to speak honestly about feelings, self, and needs.

Why Have a Wisdom Circle?

  • To help elders assume their rightful place in their family and in society.
  • To help elders become appropriate role models for younger generations.
  • To help elders appreciate the elder years as an essential part of the human experience. 
  • To discover the new role of elders as we live longer, healthier lives.
  • To discover mental and emotional elements that were neglected earlier in life.
  • To help elders become leaders with a unique vision for the world that comes with having lived a long life.
  • Personal development through discussion of topics such as developing wisdom, forgiveness, facing mortality, leaving a legacy, service and elder activism.

For more information, please contact Pat Hoertdoerfer