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

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 meaning of life that unfolds 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 second half of life is not defined by a specific age, but as that time in life 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 life event, we find we cannot or don’t want to live life in the way we always have. It’s time to look at life with fresh, soft eyes.

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 our growth into the fullness of life.

We will use current research in happiness, medicine and the brain to inform our revisioning of the second half of life.  And, we will engage our experience, imagination and creativity to explore the big questions.

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 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.
  • The next cohort will enter Fall 2017. Dates for Fall 2017 semester include the following Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., with an optional social gathering from 3:30-5 p.m. on September 16; October 29; November 11 and December 9.
  • Summer 2018 will include a break during June, July and August. The School will reconvene for the third and final semester in Fall 2018.
  • 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.

To enroll, call Rosemary Jones in Guest Services at (203) 245-0401 ext 114.