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Welcome to the Conscious Living, Aging, and Dying
Community Conversations  

2nd Thursday of each month at 9am PST       Noon EST

We invite you to join us for our Conscious Living, Aging and Dying (CLAD) community calls on the 2nd Thursday of each month to participate in conversations of interest to you. We will be using this page to introduce the topic for each of our calls, to share any resources or information we think you might want to look at before or after the call, and to give you the details of when and how to participate. Miss our last meeting? Watch it in our Archive!

Older Wiser Freer

a conversation with Author Carol Orsborn

February 8th       9 - Noon PST       Noon - 2 pm EST


Older Wiser Freer
CarolOrsborn.jpgIn our next CLAD Community Conversation, author Carol Orsborn will be sharing how she came to question “serenity” as a core element of successful aging. In serenity’s place, she intentionally cultivated attributes that allowed her to develop attitudes and characteristics that can best be described as fierce. She will draw upon a wide range of influences, from development theory and spiritual activism to a story about the Dalai Lama bursting out in tears to spark the conversation.

In the past, the elderly were often painted with a broad brush as being “serene”—a romanticized way of marginalizing and dismissing us.  Serene people “make no trouble” and slip graciously away from the mainstream and into the dark night. A healthier vision of conscious aging is that while we may be quiet and peaceful sometimes, we may be rabble-rousing and making trouble at others. Sometimes we are faced with external challenges that call forth new levels of courage and strength, such as societal crisis, illness, and loss. Other times our challenges are internal, such as anxiety about the future or confronting feelings of regret. The truth is, as long as we keep growing through life, there will be anxious moments. But there will be transiting, transforming, and overcoming, too.

Through a combination of psycho-spiritual work, as well as spontaneous growth and grace, we can come to experience a level of freedom that can’t be shaken because we have learned to embrace the wider spectrum of the true human potential.

Joining Our Conversations

Our 2-hour CLAD conversations will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9 am PST      Noon EST

We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be unable to help with connection issues.

Link here for instruction and access to Zoom video conferencing.


Watch past CLAD Community Conversations in our Archive!

We would also love to hear your suggestions for call topics for 2018!  Please let either of us know if there is an interest you may have related to conscious living, aging and/or dying that you would like to explore in a CEN community conversation. You can reach Pam at  and Carol at .