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Elders' Salon Wisdom Council/discussion group (Sebastopol)

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This series is hosted at a cohousing neighborhood and led by a cohousing co-creator, Alexandra Hart. I've been to one and recommend it if you're in the area -- Raines

A Wisdom Council or Discussion Group of Transition Sebastopol

Calling All Elders, Earth Elders, Wannabe Elders, Soon-to-become Elders, or Interested Baby Boomers on up!

The Elder Salon is a nonhierarchical circle of peers. We’ll introduce the discussion with some thoughts from an elder voice or thought-provoking instigator to kick off our own discovery of what it is WE think and believe about the topic; what WE want and need now and in our future; what WE think should be the course of action and attitudes as we progress into and through our older years.

WHY: There are a lot of new ideas about aging, staying youthful in body and spirit, and our role in society and local life. What have our generational contributions been and what is left undone? What are our mistakes and triumphs?
If we don’t want others to determine what becomes of us in very old age, we need to be proactive and begin making conscious, thoughtful choices about our future, how we want to live and be regarded.
What role do elders want to play in the coming changes; what wisdom can we offer?

Source Material:
A beginning list of resource books to kick off discussions:

The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America’s Most Audacious Generation, Theodore Roszak, New Society Press, 2009

Audacious Aging, Edited by Stephanie Marohn, Elite Books Online, 2009
(Raines wrote a chapter in this on Aging In Community (
The Transition Handbook, From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience, 2008, Rob Hopkins
60 On Up The Truth About Aging in America. Lillian B. Rubin, New Beacon Press, 2007

The mission of Transition Sebastopol is to create a positive vision of the future by cultivating community resilience, in response to the potential challenges of resource depletion, climate change, and economic instability.

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