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An Exploration of Eldering: featuring guest wisdom keepers Martin Shaw and Pat McCabe

Eldering
Key Info: 
  • An opportunity to explore the meaning of contemporary eldering
  • How might a mythic perspective and traditional ways inform our understandings of eldering?
  • A chance to gather with your peers to journey and reflect together on the role and contribution modern day elders can make in their communities.

Facilitated by Lynn Alderson and Fiona Tilley with guests Pat McCabe and Martin Shaw

Fee: 
£ 650.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon and includes four nights private accommodation with shared bathroom plus all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237

Eldering is an ancient and honourable tradition. Modern communities have fallen asleep to this inherent wisdom - needed more than ever in these uncertain and challenging times.

Far too often we are expected to move alone from one stage of life to another with little psychological or spiritual support. How can we be more prepared to shift our career-focused adulthood into our eldering years?

This short course is a departure from our usual format as throughout the week we will hear from a variety of voices exploring a different aspect of elderhood and we want to integrate participants story and wisdom within the group sessions.

The course will be led Lynn Alderson and Fiona Tilley who will also act as facilitators, bringing ways of working that will challenge and help each of us to come to a new and deeper understanding both of the collective potential and our individual contributions.

The week features our guest wisdom keepers Pat McCabe and Martin Shaw who will each run a short session. 

Pat McCabe is an elder of the Dine people, one of the first peoples of North America. She will be able to speak about her role as a modern elder in a culture where older people are regarded very differently, where the tradition of eldering is still very much alive, and how she came to find and accept her path.

Martin Shaw is a mythologist and storyteller and will be able to help us to think our about our own lives from a very different point of view, understanding the journeys we are on from a new perspective, and help us to think creatively and deeply about fundamental concepts such as death and our place in the world.

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Facilitated by Lynn Alderson and Fiona Tilley with guests Pat McCabe and Martin Shaw

Lynn Alderson

Lynn has been involved in group work for more than 40 years, having learned from early work in the Women's Movement its value in both changing consciousness and changing lives. Having worked for some years as a non-religious funeral/life celebrant her work more recently has focused on ageing, death and eldering. 'Finding companions for this latest part of our journeys has radically transformed my experience of becoming and being older.'

Fiona Tilley

Dr Fiona Tilley

Facilitator

Dr Fiona Tilley completed her PhD research into the environmental practices of small and medium sized enterprises in 1998. A career in academia followed with positions at Durham University Business School and latterly the Sustainability Research Institute at the University Leeds. She has published extensively in the field of sustainability entrepreneurship and emerging new business models. From 2009 she stepped back from conventional education in sustainability social sciences to explore alternative and transformational learning practices. Finding Schumacher College has been a significant place of influence. More recently the College has offered opportunities to facilitate short courses and to convene modules on the MA Ecology and Spirituality and to be the Programme Co-ordinate for Becoming Indigenous.

Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

Woman Stands Shining, Pat McCabe, has the honor of being of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. A Life-Bringer, Life-Bearer Mother, writer, artist, activist, speaker and cultural liason, her work is driven by the study of the Science of Right Relations. Moving from the central knowledge that We, The Five-Fingered-Ones, are born into Beauty, as Beauty, for Joyful Life, she brings the understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing into discussion and inquiry on Sustainability. Born to a People who have deep understanding and methodology for Restoration, she carries the Beauty Way into places where it has formerly been kept out. She is an active participant in Indigenous Peoples gatherings worldwide most recently in Chile, Belgium, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Bali. She has worked with the International Center for Cultural Studies in India and with Sarvodaya with Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne in Sri Lanka, as well as with organizations and gatherings in the U.S. Her recent work includes being a cultural consultant to the Pachamama Alliance, Inner Circle Invitee to the Language of Spirit Dialogue - Dialogue between Quantum Physicists, Linguists, Scientists and Indigenous knowledge keepers. Upcoming work includes the AUM National gathering, Women's teachings In Chile, and work with Israeli and Palestinian women.

Martin Shaw

Dr Martin Shaw is programme co-ordinator for the Schumacher College MA in Myth and Ecology. Director of the West Country school of myth he has also devised and lead the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University in the U.S. Author of the award winning Mythteller trilogy (A Branch From The Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower and Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia), his translations of Celtic folklore and poetry (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Poetry International, The Mississippi Review, Poetry Magazine, Orion, and The Kenyon Review. His book of Lorca translations (with Stephan Harding), "Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca" is due out in 2018 with White Cloud Press.

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