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The Open Road

Pathways of Conscious Aging

October 03, 2014 – October 05, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Gail Straub
SM14-5302-805Gail Straub,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

As we age, one of the most striking things we notice is how few positive visions exist for growing old. During this workshop, we explore ways to craft new attitudes, beliefs, practices, and celebrations for growing older. 

Gail Straub offers this workshop as a cocreative dialogue focused on four pathways toward conscious aging: work, spirituality, creativity, and community.

As we look at ways to work less but work deeper, we find our unique rhythm of doing and being. Under the theme of spirituality, we seek to identify what to pay attention to and what to clear away as we age, and learn to let go of ego concerns as a spiritual practice for dying.

When we consider creativity, we explore ways to manifest our unfulfilled dreams, and share our wild and unexpected impulses. Finally, as we think about community, we delve into difficult conversations and unspoken taboos about aging.

This workshop is highly experiential and includes guided journal work, small group dialogue, artwork, and a council on conscious aging, where we share our fears, confusions, tears, and laughter. Together we envision how to reinvent ourselves in surprising ways to sustain meaning and joy later in life.


Continuing Education
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Gail Straub is also teaching Empowerment Workshop and The Practice of Empowerment.

Things to Bring:

Bring your favorite poem about aging. 

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty

Gail Straub

Gail Straub, a foremost expert on empowerment, codirects the Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change and is director of IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women working with women in Africa, India, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Jordan. She also is the author of four books, including the best-selling Empowerment, the critically acclaimed The Rhythm of Compassion, and her award-winning feminist memoir Returning To My Mother's House.