This class is based on the work of Rabbi Zalman-Schachter Shalomi z”l of the same title. We will be using his book as well as Conscious Aging: Cultivate Wisdom, Connect with Others, Celebrate Life – a curriculum published by the Institute of Noetic Sciences – as guides to stepping into the role of Elder and Sage. This is not just for the “hoary heads” among us but all those who wish to be conscious about moving into our advanced years with grace and wisdom.
And, baruch Hashem, Dr. Victoria Howard, who taught at Naropa University WITH Reb Zalman z”l and specializes in conscious aging will be enriching the class with her expertise. Please see her bio below:
Victoria Howard, PhD, LPC: Dr. Howard has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology specializing in issues of aging. Her dissertation was titled Suffering and Insight: Life Review with Older Adults. She was a co-founder of the MA Gerontology Program at Naropa University and helped to create the Masters in Divinity Program at Naropa where she taught the Pastoral Care Track. Dr. Howard is an authorized Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition and a teacher of Buddhist Psychology.
She has helped to found two homecare agencies in Boulder, Colorado and provided consultation and staff training for small group homes for frail elders. She also trained volunteers at Hospice Care of Boulder & Broomfield Counties. Dr. Howard is a published author and a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice working with older people and their families. Last but certainly not least, she is a grandmother of three and a great grandmother of a wonderful four year old and a brand new baby.
This class will be a minimum of eight sessions. Free for TBS members and their families; non-members can check out one class for free, after which the course is $90.