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Creatively aging into the second half of life

Boomers have always challenged the mores and status quo of society
Walter and Barbara Drew will be the keynote presenters at an introductory overview of creative aging hosted by the Centre for Spiritual Living Oct. 16-17.

In response to baby boomers looking for a greater sense of purpose as they navigate the “second half” of their lives, the Centre for Spiritual Living is hosting a unique event especially for individuals born before 1965.

Boomers have always challenged the mores and status quo of society, and they now have the potential to bring their idealistic and innovative approaches to redefining the “modern Western culture” concept of aging. Attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that serve well for a life of “doing, accomplishing, and acquiring” will be examined and practises to keep growing, thriving and serving in a newly intentional way will be taught.

The presenters, Walter and Barbara Drew, ages 74 and 67, are certified facilitators of the conscious aging programme of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, having extensive experience with the ideas of G.IGurdjieff, Ernest Holmes, and Jean Houston. An introductory overview of creative aging will be presented on Friday night, Oct 16, from 7-9 p.m. This mini workshop is open to everyone by donation.

The keynote presentation full day workshop, “Living from Passion, Purpose, and Possibility”, is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on Saturday, the 17th, and promises to be entertaining as well as interactive and informative. This retreat will explore spiritual practices that can assist in shifting consciousness away from self-limiting beliefs and fears about aging and toward living a life fueled by passion, a sense of purpose, and expanded possibilities.  Fee for the full day, including lunch for those pre-registered, is $100.

The Saturday workshop will be followed Sunday at 7 p.m., by a newly designed “Rite of Passage” ritual, celebrating the crossing over from first to second half of life. This is open to any person wishing to participate, by donation. Although each event stands well alone, participants are encouraged to take part in all the activities for a richer and deeper experience. The Drews will also be guest speakers at the Sunday Celebration service at the Centre, 10:30 a.m. All events take place at the Centre for Spiritual Living, 516 S Dogwood St, in Campbell River. Registration is available online at