Creating an Elder's Community: How and Why

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Elders' experience, wisdom, needs and capacities are different from younger folks' and are best identified, in this rapidly changing world, by themselves. Isolation is one of the most damaging potentials for this population and connection is something that helps us and our communities thrive. Many elders have learned how to live inclusively and to embrace difference, qualities that can reach beyond political, gender, and cultural differences.
Why a Transition Elders' working group?  Community resilience is one of our primary Transition goals. Together we can prepare for change and help out during crises. Baby Boomers on up are quickly becoming one of the largest demographics, are increasingly retired with leisure time, and possess a desire to "give back" to their communities. Together they discover capacities they were unaware they had.
In this TeleSeminar Alexandra and Sandy will share how the Elders have become one of the strongest working groups in the Transition Sebastopol initiative and why we think it is popular, has a balance of gender participation, and sponsors so many activities. We will also bring the voices of some men from our Guidance Council. 
We look forward to speaking with folks across the range of Transition US and beyond.
Alexandra Hart is a Transition Sebastopol elder who conceived the idea for what has become the Elders Salon and subsequent satellite events as a working group in Sebastopol in early 2010. She is a retired fiber artist, author and one-time editor of the "AHP Perspective" members' magazine for the Assn. for Humanistic Psychology. She has also, over the past 30 years convened many local rituals, Councils and Circles for the Sonoma County circling movement.

Sandra Scotchler, MFT, has been drawn to the healing arts since childhood.  She values the path of the wounded healer and her practices have been as an R.N., body therapist, and Family Therapist.  Becoming an elder at this time calls her to join with others who care deeply about the earth and want to collaborate in bringing the needed transformation.

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