"Until recently, most of us understood and accepted aging as a process of retirement, moving to a “seniors’ residence”, and a gradual decline and disengagement from life. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s book From Age-ing to Sage-ing© proposes a new model of late-life development called sage-ing, a process that associates old age with self-development and spiritual growth. Individuals learn to draw from the growth techniques of modern psychology and contemplative spiritual practices of the world’s wisdom traditions. The concepts in From Age-ing to Sage-ing© are based on models of the traditional “wise elder” whose wisdom guided the social order for thousands of years, state-of- the-art breakthroughs in brain-mind and consciousness research, and the ecology movement, which urges us to live in harmony with the natural world. The course will be based on the concepts discussed in Rabbi Zelman’s book and will involve participants in widening and deepening their understanding of aging and elder-hood. We will explore looking at life in a new way as we grow older, spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives, finding ways to transmit that wisdom as a legacy to future generations and how to give back through service while achieving our best selves as we age. It is not necessary to read the book to enjoy this program."