You are invited to attend:




At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Explore unexamined, self-limiting beliefs, stereotypes and assumptions about aging and make better, more conscious choices about our worldviews on aging;
  • Develop self-compassion to cope more effectively with change, worry, and stresses associated with aging;
  • Discover and reflect on what has given heart and meaning to our lives and how that informs our intentions for our aging process;
  • Enhance connection and reduce isolation from others and the web of life by understanding our shared humanity in the aging process;
  • Reduce fear and increase acceptance in the presence of death and dying for ourselves and for our loved ones.

The workshop will focus on listening to our own inner wisdom and guidance, integrating Talking Points and best practices, sharing in intimate conversation circles, and listening to the collective wisdom of the group.

Session Topics

Introduction / Self-Compassion


Life Review

Transformative Practices

Death Makes Life Possible

Surrender – Letting Go / Creating a New Vision of Aging

Location:  Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

Day/Dates & Time:  Thursdays – Jan. 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 7:00 – 9:00

Fee:  $99

How to Register:  contact Pam Fodor at

Minimum 12 attendees:  Maximum 20 attendees

Workshop Facilitators: Chuck and Jean Ruth, certified by IONS to teach Conscious Aging (link follows)

Workshop Study Guide

The Conscious Aging workshop is based on a study guide developed by Kathleen Erickson-Freeman, Elder Education Program Manager, at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Study Guide is based on IONS Conscious Aging education programs and the research and practices described in two of IONS’ seminal books:

Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine by Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Tina Amorok, PsyD, Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, is a collection of 47 essays on integral medicine, consciousness, and healing that integrates mainstream medical knowledge with recent developments in the emerging areas of frontier sciences and insights from alternative healing perspectives.

Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life by Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, Cassandra Vieten, PhD, and Tina Amorok, PsyD, is the product of IONS’ decade-long investigation into transformations in human consciousness. It brings what we know about achieving personal transformation off the mountaintop, down from the ivory tower, out of the laboratory, and translated to the real challenges facing us as humans in the 21st century.

“Aging is not merely about the body losing its poise, strength and self-trust. Aging also invites you to become aware of the sacred circle that shelters your life.”

—John O’Donohue in Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom