If my face is to be weather beaten as well, it’s little enough lost for a year among the lakes and vales where simply to look out my window at the high pass makes me indifferent to mirrors and to what my soul may wear over its new complexion.
~ Fleur Adcock
60 is not the new 50.
It is something completely different. It is less about sticking with what you’ve always done and more about doing what brings you joy. Less about safety and more about taking on a new passion … or revisiting one you lost along the way.
It’s about a time of seeing, probably for the first time, how precious time is … and how quickly it’s moving. Of wanting to leave a legacy for future generations. Of understanding you’re not too old to start a new life. That if you’ve always wanted to write, then you should write. If you’ve always wanted to paint or learn a musical instrument, then you should do it. It is finally time to do what brings you joy.
Bruce Frankel, author of What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life: True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life, talks about the surprises he discovered while doing research for his book. “They rarely referenced their own ages. They were more focused on what they were going to do next, how they were going to improve upon what they had done, what they were dreaming up. I continue to be surprised by how agile of mind and body they were, how intellectually challenging, how resourceful and how determined they are to make a difference in ways we often more associate with young adults.”
According to actress Shirley MacLaine, “Limitations? Those are only what you think they are and nothing more. Set your goals, go after them and don’t be afraid to experience a part of yourself you haven’t encountered before.”
If you can see 60 on the horizon … or you’re already in your 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, it is definitely not too late to create the life you’ve always imagined. Join me and a community of women who are interested in going into 60 and Beyond wide awake, fully engaged, and living life to the fullest.
We’ll spend the weekend walking quietly in nature, sitting joyfully in circle, journaling, meditating, working experientially in small and large groups, laughing, crying, eating chocolate mindfully … and in the process finding the direction for a fully-alive new life and a deeper sense of meaning.
About the Facilitator
Karen Ely is the founder and director of A Woman’s Way, one of the country’s premier women’s retreat and workshop program located in Sedona, Arizona. Karen is the author of four books:Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself published in 2006, which chronicles the end of her 32-year marriage; A Retreat of My Own, a women’s personal retreat guide published in 2008; Breathing Space: Mini-Retreats for the Heart & Soul published in 2011; and A Safe Place to Stand, the personal story of her 27-year spiritual journey, which will be published in 2014. Karen is an experienced facilitator with a commitment to assisting women in creating and living authentic lives of passion and joy.
This weekend retreat will be held at the beautiful Wolf Cove Inn Bed and Breakfast, a lakefront inn with two acres of magnificent scenery in the Sebago Western Lakes Region of Maine. On the shores of Tripp Lake, the Inn offers an oasis of relaxation, the perfect setting to revel in nature, find solitude and enjoy time together. For information, please visit www.wolfcoveinn.com.