School for the Second Half of Life
“Wholly unprepared, [we] embark upon the second half of life. Or are there perhaps colleges for forty-year-olds which prepare them for their coming life and its demands as the ordinary colleges introduce our young people to a knowledge of the world and of life? No, there are none…. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning–for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.”C.G. Jung, psychiatrist and author
The third cohort of The School for the Second Half of Life began their first semester on January 12, 2019. Because of the pandemic, we continued classes by zoom, beginning March, 2020 through graduation in December, 2020. Our plan is to admit the next (fourth) cohort of the School, in-person, September 2021. Information sessions for admission will be available in Spring 2021 and applications will be accepted in June 2021. Watch this space.
The second half of life is not defined by a specific age, but as that time when you might begin to wonder, “Is there more to life?” You’ve enjoyed successes and survived failures, endured loss and had cause for celebration. Yet, little by little, or through a sudden event, you find you cannot or don’t want to live the way you always have.
The second half of life is more than an extension of what has come before. It is a distinct and creative developmental process of its own – a ripening. This stage of life invites us to a greater sense of wholeness and a new sense of freedom to make choices that are true to ourselves and to a meaningful life unfolding through the wisdom of years. Our youth-driven culture tends to view aging only as something to be dreaded and denied. The reality is that these years, lived mindfully, offer an opportunity to enter more deeply into, and to appreciate what matters most in life.
"The school was an essential resource, helping me to explore how to live a more authentic life,
guided by the soul’s deep love. As part of a kindred circle of seekers, I was able to envision
new opportunities to thrive. Whether by developing wisdom and understanding
through a ‘beginner’s mind,’ cultivating innate talents or learning contemplative practices,
the school was as inspirational for me as it was educational.”
- Karin A. Nobile
Through mythology, story, scripture, poetry, literature, film, art and music, we will explore how aging has been viewed across time, cultures and traditions and which wisdom practices support and sustain growth into the fullness of life. We will use current research in happiness, medicine and the brain to inform our re-visioning of the second half of life. And, we will engage our experience, imagination and creativity to explore the big questions with others.
Sessions will include suggested readings, input, small and large group discussion, individual time for reflection and a monthly reflection paper. Optional additional programs and activities (priced separately) will be offered throughout the year.
- The School will meet one Saturday per month, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for three “semesters.” Participants commit to the three semesters when they register.
- Overnight lodging (for an additional cost) is available for those who travel a distance, or for those who wish additional time for personal reflection and renewal.
- Tuition for each of the three semesters is $750. A special “buddy discount” of $725/semester is available to both parties who sign up together.
- A payment plan and limited scholarship monies are available.