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The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain

8519 Pickards Meadow Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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We invite you to participate in this exploration of conscious aging, engage in a community-building process, explore the identity shifts of different ages and stages and discover what it means to become an elder.

The Elderhood Journey continues this year in August 22, September 26, October 23, and November 14.

You may register and join us for one, several, or all sessions.

We will both initiate new explorations as well as review places that we have been before.

In the First Session on August 22, after a brief reflection on our past explorations, we will do a deep dive examining a seminal paper written by Sarah Haggerty entitled Psycho-Spiritual Development in Elderhood. The paper is both evocative and provocative and provides great grist for group exploration. In small groups we will delve more deeply into our own journeys in spiritual development. After a delicious lunch together, we will engage in a paired walk on the beautiful grounds of The Eco-Institute. Mike McLeod will then lead us as a group through a series of thoughtful life questions that we will both discuss as a group and then in dyads. Two participants from last year will share their own spiritual journeys as a model for us all, as this first session is meant to prepare participants to share our own spiritual journeys with the group in September.


Calling Elders and people of all ages who are interested in the powerful role of Elders in community!

Discover new horizons on how to live with greater awareness in the latter third of life.

Re-Imagine a special role in our community and explore what the inspiration of Elderhood is asking of each of us.

We each hold some of the answers that we need at this time in the world, and through this collective journey, we will bring them together.

What challenges and opportunities exist for the last third of life?

How can I use this time of life as an opportunity to live more deeply?

What are the characteristics of an elder and what is the difference between an elder and an older person?

What wisdom might I harvest at this time of life that I could share with others?

How can we gracefully accept the changes that come with aging?

What are the personal and spiritual shifts that are needed to grow towards true Elderhood?

Are we willing to embark on a new, inward journey?

The Elderhood Journey Features:

  • An intimate group with thoughtful and experienced guides

  • Reflective journaling time

  • One on one connection with peers

  • Sharing your wisdom and gaining support from a group of peers who are collaboratively exploring heartfelt dimensions of Elderhood

  • Reflections that you can take home at the end of the sessions


In this exploration, we use the term spiritual journey. To us the term spiritual means: there is more to the world than meets the eye; an attention to the inner life; and, valuing compassion, empathy and open-heartedness. It is serving that inner wisdom of faith-based traditions – the soul, the inner spirit as an access way to our inner light. Atheists and agnostics can also identify as spiritual, seeking answers that scientific materialism cannot answer. All value engagement in a regular spiritual practice, silence and deep listening to ourselves and others. The journey takes intentionality, courage, and time. It is a marathon that never ends.
(Thanks to the article What does it mean to be spiritual by Galen Watts printed in THE CONVERSATION, 11.16.17)


August 22, 2019

September 26, 2019

October 23, 2019

November 14, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

The Eco-Institute Community Barn Loft or Lakeside Gazebo

Lunch Provided


Individual Sessions Rates:

$60 Scholarship Rate

$100 Regular Rate

$140 Generosity Rate

All Four Sessions Package rate:

$200 Scholarship Rate

$300 Regular Rate

$400 Generosity Rate

*Session Agenda available upon request

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