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Empowered Elder Workshop

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

A Seven Week Journey of Exploration and Connection

Together we will grow a community of interconnected Elders. The Empowered Elder Workshop provides a safe space for Elders to explore and share deeply what is on their hearts about the world, the future and their roles as elders. As we move around the Spiral of the Work that Reconnects we will investigate what it means to be an elder, why the world today especially calls us to step up as elders to address the social and environmental challenges humanity faces.

Wednesdays, May 8 – June 19, 2024
9:00 – 11:00 am PT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET


The Empowered Elder Workshop provides:

  • a deeply connected learning community of awesome Elders;
  • seven weekly live interactive webinars;
  • resources, readings, videos, poetry and books to educate and inspire;
  • guidance to discover our roles as elders and how we can take action for positive change on personal, community and global levels;
  • experiences that allow us to move from our individual self to a sense of self that is one with the whole living Earth;
  • practice in the use of the transformational tools of the Work That Reconnects, mindfulness, deep listening, journaling, nature connection and dialogue.

Course Fees

The course is offered on a sliding scale of $125 – $200. A small portion of the fee will go to Elders Action Network, our administrative host, and the remainder to the course facilitators.
Please make your full payment via PayPal to:

What participants have said about the workshop…

I went from worrying about how I would fill my time in retirement, to wondering how I would manage to get all of the important things done! I’m so energized now and stay busy everyday.

Becoming more aware of my ability to make a difference , as an elder, in my community and the world!

If you are an elder and want to give back to your community and the world, EAN Empowered Elder webinar is for you!

I came to realize more clearly than before the healing power of interconnectedness with others, human and more than human! I felt supported and connected to the group in a way that surprised me. This Elderhood work is crucial work, actually astonishingly deep and meaningful work, both for us as individuals and also for our culture. This course is answering a profound need, and all the resources and practices are rich and powerful.”

Overview of the Workshop

Session 1 – Being an Elder 

  • Introduction to EAN and to the values, roles, and tasks of elderhood
  • What it means to be an Elder today. What roles are calling you?

Session Growing in Consciousness

  • Introduction to the science of mindfulness and the Story of Oneness
  • How growing in mindfulness/consciousness/awareness supports our understanding of ourselves as part of the larger living system of Earth

Session – State of the World

  • Introduction and exploration of environmental, socio-economic, and spiritual crises and divides in our world today
  • How squarely facing our grief at the state of the world empowers us to act on behalf of Earth

Session – The Great Turning: The Sustainability Revolution

  • Introduction to the Ecological/ Social Revolutions of our time and some of the new sustainable models of environmental, social and economic systems
  • How shifting from “there’s little-or-nothing I can do” to understanding what I CAN do and changing my behavior is part of the solution

Session Sacred Activism

  • Exploring and connecting to what is “sacred” and important to you, as well as how to take action from love not hate, from unity not division
  • Finding your calling – what is being asked of you now as an Elder?

Session – Taking Action Together for the Earth

  • Sharing our visions for engagement; Forming Elder Circles, Climate Action Chapters, self care, spiritual practice or other community groups;
  • Shifting from “not knowing what I can do” to commitment with others to take action on behalf of Life

Session – Closing Circles and Celebration of our Journey Together

  • Hearing from the Elder Circles, Action Groups, and individual projects that have formed about their plans and next steps
  • Celebrating our time together and reflecting on what we have learned

Foundational Resource Books 

The following books have provided key source material for this workshop. We highly recommend them but they are not required reading.

  • From Age-ing to Sage-ing (2nd ed.) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
  • The Great Work — Thomas Berry
  • Active Hope – How to Face the Mess we are in without Going Crazy  Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
  • The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism — Andrew Harvey
  • The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution William Martin


Facilitated by Constance Washburn and Wende Love

Constance Washburn MA​  is an educator, community organizer and program designer. She has been practicing the Work That Reconnects since 1994. She is co-director of the International Spiral Journey – a Facilitator Development Program in the Work That Reconnects and on the core Weavers Team of the Work That Reconnects Network. She is a founding member of Elders Action Network and The Passageways to Elderhood Alliance (PEAL).

Constance designed and developed the Empowered Elder course over a year’s period in 2016 in collaboration with the leadership team of the Elders Action Network then the Conscious Elders Network. She also ran several 3-4 day Work That Reconnects retreats with Elders Action Network to further deepen the process for EAN elders.

She has an MA in Theater and Education as well as certificates in the Ecology of Leadership, Permaculture Design and Transforming Business, Society, and Self from U.Lab MITx and completed the Community Resilience Model training in working with trauma. She is a mindfulness/ meditation instructor in the Vajrayana Tradition, a long time yoga practitioner and best of all a grandma.

Wende Love – Level II Purpose Guide, Founding Member of Passageways to Elderhood Alliance (PEAL), Co-Facilitator of Empowered Elderhood Workshop offered through Elders Action Network, Co-Facilitator of Listening Circles, Dynamic Art of Interactive Guided Meditation Masterclass by Jack Kornfield, Sunday Community Practice Member, OpenGate Sangha, Adyashanti Teachings, Member of Spiritual Group, gathering for over 7 years.

Wende has practiced spirituality for over 30 years, attended many retreats and workshops with many of today’s deepest Spiritual teachers. She is a Purpose Guide, guiding individuals to discover their Soul Purpose (her passion). She has been working from 2022 to present with Constance Washburn and various elders to birth a new organization – Passageways to Elderhood (PEAL) whose mission is the forming of an Alliance of organizations and individuals that offer programs(passageways) to Elders. 

Wende is passionate about working with Elders to guide them to discover why they are HERE now and what are their gifts (purpose, wisdom) that their communities desperately need them to bring forth. She feels our Youth need our Elders and our Elders need our Youth.

Level II Purpose Guide™
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” –Frederick Buechner


May 8
9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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