The Soul of Aging
With Diane MacCormack
March 18 - 21, 2024
The “Soul of Aging” offers a transformative journey for individuals seeking to explore the spiritual dimensions of their aging process within a supportive community. This retreat delves into profound questions surrounding forgiveness, spiritual development, self-expression, our relationship with time, the art of love and service, and the meaningful exploration of our mortality.
Rooted in the groundbreaking teachings of Dr. Parker J Palmer, the program adopts the Circle of Trust approach developed by the Centre for Courage and Renewal. This method establishes a secure, confidential, and sacred space where participants assist each other in accessing the voice of their souls.
Throughout the retreat, participants develop the art of deep listening and learn to foster environments conducive to honest sharing and self-discovery. Each participant leaves with a self-created collage depicting their envisioned future and a comprehensive workbook.
Session#1 – Calling in the Ancestors: Visions of Aging
Explore the ancestral wisdom and visions that shape our perspective on aging.
Session#2 – Spiritual Formation Across the Lifecycle: Living Into the Soul’s Calling
Examine the spiritual journey across different life stages and align with the calling of the soul.
Session#3 – The Courage to Name and Claim Your Unlived Life
Confront and embrace the unexplored aspects of your life, summoning the courage to claim them.
Session#4 – Pathways to Wholeness
Discover transformative pathways towards holistic well-being and integration.
Session#5 – Truth & Forgiveness: The Call to Completion
Navigate the profound themes of truth and forgiveness, answering the call to achieve a sense of completion.
Session#6 – Enlightenment in Slow Motion
Delve into the concept of enlightenment as a gradual, unfolding process.
Session#7 – Stories of Divestment: The Foreign Currency of Change
Explore narratives of letting go and embracing change as a valuable currency in our lives.
Session#8 – The Wisdom of Living In Deep Time
Contemplate the profound wisdom that comes from living in harmony with the deeper rhythms of time.
Session#9 – The Final Stage of Growth
Reflect on the final stage of growth, acknowledging and embracing the unique qualities it brings.
Session#10 – Generativity, Legacy, and Harvesting our Lives
Explore the concepts of generativity and legacy, recognizing and harvesting the richness of our life experiences.
Diane MacCormack is trained and experienced in “Soul of Aging” facilitation. She is a retired public health nurse and a spiritual seeker who found the “Circle of Trust” approach helpful in her own growth. After the life-changing diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer in April 1999, Diane’s entered spiritual exploration, which began in the United Church to deepen her understanding of Christianity. From there, she continued her growth through practices like centering prayer and contemplative practices. She found meaning in pilgrimages, Celtic Christianity, Taize, visiting cathedrals, attending hermitages and walking labyrinths around the world, including right here at Bethlehem Centre. Through nature…
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