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SAGE-ING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE contributed by TTN member, Karen West

October 25, 2018

On the "sage-ing.org" website, you'll find the following overview of the Sage-ing International conference: "240 elders aspiring to be on a Sage-ing journey and those who serve them came together at the Sage-ing International Conference: Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action, October 25-28, in Chaska, Minnesota, to stand for the well-being of the future. There were seven keynote speakers, over 40 workshop presentations, daily rituals, interactive sessions, fireside chats, walks in nature, music, poetry, film and dance."

It was all that and so much more! My favorite part, the keynote speakers were Barry Barkan, Richard Leider, Rachael Freed, Yeye Luisah Teish, Bill Thomas, and Matthew Fox. All of their talks were good, but my favorite was Dr. Bill Thomas. I really recommend that you watch his TEDx talk "Elderhood rising-the dawn of a new age." It is really good, and it will be a good introduction to the TTN program I'm going to present on January 14 (which I hope all of you will come to). The "conscious aging" and "sage-ing" movement is helping elders realize what an exciting and empowering time elderhood can be if-as Bill Thomas says in his TEDx talk-"they are willing to leave "adulthood" behind and enter into "elderhood," or as I and so many other people say, if you are lucky enough to have discovered that there is a "second half" to life that we can choose to enter. Richard Rohr, in his book "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life," says that the second half of life (should we choose to move into it) is very different from the first half. And he says this "further journey" is a "well-kept secret, for some reason." The people of Sage-ing International are in on that secret, and they want to share it with you.

Everyone at the Sage-ing International conference learned a lot about being empowered as we age, but the best part of the conference was getting to know the people. I feel like I have been blessed, because I discovered this community and what it has to offer, and I really hope I get the opportunity to share this amazing resource with all the amazing women at The Transition Network.