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Education

CEN Educere* (CEN-EDU) is the Educational Branch of the Conscious Elders Network (CEN), dedicated to upholding the CEN’s mission to boldly confront the foreseen crises of 21st century life on planet Earth.

* Educere: Verb – to educate.  Noun – education that prepares a new generation for the changes that are to come, readying them to create solutions to problems yet unknown.

Our Vision is to deepen and broaden our human capacity for conscious awareness, contemporary eldering, and networking all in support of lifelong learning and the practice of compassionate pro-activism for individuals, groups and the whole.

Our Mission is to connect an inspired and aspiring community of elders by providing relevant courses, retreats, materials, and trainings, both created within CEN or developed by aligned organizations outside of CEN.

The Education Branch encompasses the CEN action groups and projects that have the overall purpose of educating in order to deepen our understanding of our own consciousness, our relationships with other humans, and our interconnectedness with all other elements of our Earth home. These groups are The Wisdom Council, The New Worldview, and Conscious Living, Aging, and Dying.

CEN-EDU’s mission includes working with the Outer Action and Community-Building Branches to present knowledge and how-to courses relative to local actions we can each take to achieve greater social and ecological justice. It also includes expressing the results of these educational efforts and opportunities via CEN's journal, websites, and resource repositories.  

Our work envisions a culture influenced by the wisdom and experience of elders from generations past, present ,and “future.” To this end, we deepen and broaden our capacity for conscious awareness, eldering, and networking.

We continually explore essential questions, such as: 

  • What is the promise of elderhood in the 21st Century?

  • What are the promises we need to make now for the future?

  • How do we educate and inspire a diverse generation of elders to deliver on these promises?

  • How do we lay down the responsibilities of adulthood and take up the responsibilities of elderhood?

  • How can we provide collective disciplines and advocacy to transcend our illusions of separation —from self, diverse sentient beings, and from living Earth processes?   

How We Do It

  • We coordinate efforts of CEN members and working teams to effectively minimize repetition while maximizing cross-fertilization.

  • We evaluate, invite, and actively endorse curriculum offerings from CEN affiliates willing to share their educational programs.

  • We develop and maintain a feedback loop to continuously improve and enhance content, format, and methodology.

  • We help create and sponsor CEN Core Curriculum to both deepen and expand our collective understanding of the foundational elements of CEN’s Vision and Mission.

  • We coordinate procedural formats for meetings, elder circles, Coaching Circles, Community Conversations, trainings and other CEN-sponsored events to foster consistency, continuity and connectivity for CEN offerings.

  • We coordinate with CEN groups regarding educational elements for our national conferences, journal, newsletter, website, and other CEN outlets as needed.   

  • We assist in developing an online library of resources – books, articles, films, slide shows and more to advance the educational mission of CEN.

The CEN-EDU team meets every first and third Wednesday at 11:00 PT/2:00 ET. We heartily welcome new members. Please contact one of the team leaders: Meg Newhouse, Pam Nichols, or Kathleen Schomaker.