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The Center for Conscious Eldering
Invites You to Participate in:


discovering purpose, meaning, and the call to service in the elder third of life


June 24 - 30th at Breitenbush Hot Spring, Oregon
October 1-7 at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Email or call Ron Pevny (970-247-7943 or for Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats, and registration information.

Retreat Guides:

Ron_and_Ann.pngRon Pevny recognized his calling as a wilderness rite of passage guide in 1979 and ever since has been dedicated to assisting people in creating lives of purpose and passion. He co-created Choosing Conscious Elderhood in 2002, and in 2010 founded the Center for Conscious Eldering as well as becoming a Certified Sage-ing (R) Leader. He is author of the new book Conscious Living, Conscious Aging from Beyond Words/Atria Books.

Anne Wennhold offers Conscious Aging seminars and Mandala Drawing and Drum Making workshops in the New York area. She facilitates several Shamanic Drum groups and helps individuals access their creativity and inner guidance through guided journeys. She also facilitates “Transitions In Aging” discussion groups for seniors. She is Ron’s primary partner in offering Choosing Conscious Elderhood.


Susan Prince is a life coach and talented workshop leader with a background that includes environmental education for young people. With her strong commitment to conscious eldering, she is active in the Conscious Elders Network and in an indigenous model of community where elders have a pivotal role. Susan also provides Elder support for the Tree of Life Women’s InitiationProgram. 


Susan Manning is a Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Dr. Manning’s teaching and research interests included professional ethics, civic leadership and moral identity, and client empowerment in mental health systems.. She has been inspired by the conscious aging movement since her retirement and participated actively in conscious elder retreats and Sage-ing conferences. She values a strengths approach to life stage development and the power of our stories to help us move forward in our lives.

What Participants Have to Say:

I can’t begin to tell you how much the Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreat meant to me. You (Ron and Anne) were both spectacular in your ability to hold the space for the mystery to unfold. Your passion and commitment for this work was so very clear to me and I’m sure to everyone in the group. The degree to which I felt safe, cared for, looked after and encouraged was exactly what I needed. The work itself, and particularly the rituals, drumming, poetry and my solo day were all critical pieces of the puzzle designed to move me forward. I guess one could say this week was the perfect storm of kindness, love, compassion and place. Cathy Carmody, 2012 Choosing Conscious Elderhood participant

QUESTIONS? Call Ron Pevney 970-247-7943