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Aging with Panache: Later Life Is Now
March 31–April 7, 2017
County Galway, Ireland

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.”—George Bernard Shaw

We invite you to register, and participate in a seminar designed to help us explore the new opportunities and challenges we face as we grow older. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from, and interact, with noted authors, analysts — a chance to reflect on both past and future while still living consciously and moving ahead in life. Join us at the deluxe Connemara Coast Hotel in County Galway — located against a backdrop of the magical Aran Islands, and with spectacular views of Galway Bay awaiting us each morning.

What does it mean to age with panache? Often, it means being able to enjoy life in real time, feeling grateful for the bounty in our lives and feeling positive in all we have accomplished. It means staying curious, vital, and active. We need not succumb to physical limitations that can be experienced as challenges rather than defeats.

SETTING & ACCOMODATIONS

Connemara Coast Hotel, County Galway
Overlooking Galway Bay, the lovely Connemara Coast Hotel is magnificently set along a rugged coastline edged with golden beaches. Located just six miles west of Galway City, our seminar site offers old-fashioned Irish hospitality, excellent cuisine that features the best of local seafoods; a modern, fully equipped health club and spa; indoor and outdoor jacuzzis; and a large indoor swimming pool. Against a backdrop of the magical Aran Islands, with many rooms affording a view of Galway Bay, the Connemara Coast Hotel provides a scenic and ideal setting for our program.

Meals will be wonderful times to get to know one another and interact with presenters. Every day will begin with a hearty, full Irish breakfast, complemented by a wide selection of fresh fruit, local Irish cheeses, and fresh breads. Those who have been with us before know what a treat is in store with gourmet meals and outstanding Irish service at the Connemara Coast Hotel.

Our breaks will feature fresh brewed coffee, traditional Irish and herbal teas, and freshly baked scones. On Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, we will lunch together at the elegant Connemara Coast Hotel, where we will also enjoy festive gourmet opening and closing dinners.

 

Growing Older

In approaching later life, it is important to remember that “aging” is not a diagnosis.
It is a time to develop new and hidden aspects of our personality and is a stage in our lives with the potential for profound creativity, vibrancy, and joy. It can be an opportunity to revisit old, or explore new, interests and do things for the pleasure and fun of it.

As we age, we have choices: we can focus on loss, disappointment, and boredom. Or, we can transform this period into an exciting, personally rewarding, next phase in our lives. Part of this transformation requires embracing a new way to live and be in the world—one where we are open to the mystery of life. We can reassess and prioritize our interests and find passion in the leisure activities that we pursue.

Later life is a wonderful time for weeding and pruning. It is a time when our work and the social connections that gave us status no longer need define us. Our friendships may be fewer but deeper, more intimate, and meaningful. Many of us can discover the joys of mentoring and the satisfaction of sharing our wisdom without the responsibilities and stress of our younger years.

Later life should be a time when we can let go of the fear of the unknown. As we age, most of us come to realize that there is more to life than what we have experienced until now. We have choices: we can shrink from life, or enlarge it; focus on losses, or look at the potential gains and richness of this next phase of our lives. In this seminar, through a combination of presentations and experiential, smaller-group workshops, we will learn how “aging with panache” serves as a model to learn, change, be creative, and enjoy life to its fullest.

Through a combination of presentations, workshops, sharing, dialogue, and discussion led by a distinguished and experienced faculty, the focus of this seminar will be to help us explore this vital and all important period of our lives.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE*

Friday, March 31
Arrival Connemara Coast Hotel. Check in, with time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.

4:30 p.m. Orientation and an opportunity to get to know one another
7:30 p.m. Welcoming dinner in the Park Restaurant (included)

Saturday, April 1
7:00 a.m. Full Irish Breakfast served daily
9:15 a.m. Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin: Brief remarks
9:30 a.m. Jean Bolen, Superfoods for the Psyche: Ingredients for Living (and Aging) Well—Meaning, Fun, Love
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Simon Sleeman, Still Full of Sap, Still Green
1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)
2:30 p.m. Workshops I

Erik Goodwyn, Breaking Free at Last: Individuation in Later Life
Allan Guggenbühl, Civilization in Transition: Threat and/or Opportunity
Monika Wikman, Mining the Richness of Our Dreams as We Age

Sunday, April 2
9:30 a.m. Monika Wikman, Celtic Myths on Aging and Beyond
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops II

Jean Bolen, Circles with a Sacred Center: Sanctuary, Temenos, Hestia
Christina Mulvey, Music, Memory, and the Creative Self
Simon Sleeman, Ritual of Transition

1:00 p.m Break for lunch (included)
2:30 p.m. Workshops III

Erik Goodwyn, The Neuroscience of Aging: New Discoveries
Allan Guggenbühl, Civilization in Transition: Threat and/or Opportunity
Christina Mulvey, Music, Memory, and the Creative Self
Nóirín Ní Riain, “Those Who Are Older Should Speak, for Wisdom Comes with Age”: Sharing Our Stories—a workshop with song and poetry

Monday, April 3
9:30 a.m. Nóirín Ní Riain, Later Life Is Now
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops IV

Jean Bolen, Circles with a Sacred Center: Sanctuary, Temenos, Hestia
Nóirín Ní Riain, “Those Who Are Older Should Speak, for Wisdom Comes with Age”: Sharing Our Stories—a workshop with song and poetry
Simon Sleeman, Spiritual Practices as We Age
Monika Wikman, Mining the Richness of Our Dreams as We Age

Afternoon: Free to relax, enjoy our hotel’s amenities, or explore Galway on our own
8:15 p.m. Michael Gibbons, Connemara’s Sacred Landscapes and Seascapes: 6,000 Years of Our Past Explored, a presentation in word and image

Tuesday, April 4
Free day to rest, enjoy the hotel’s spa and surroundings… OR… for those who have reserved their place in advance (optional), full-day outing to Connemara

Wednesday, April 5
9:30 a.m. Erik Goodwyn, The Alchemy of Aging: Transforming into Gold
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops V

Jean Bolen, Mother Nature, Sacred Feminine, Self: Encounters with the Mystery
Allan Guggenbühl, Mythodrama: Reenacting Our Past Glories
Christina Mulvey, Active Imagination in Later Life

1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)
2:30 p.m. Workshops VI

Erik Goodwyn, Breaking Free at Last: Individuation in Later Life
Simon Sleeman, Spiritual Practices as We Age
Monika Wikman, Growing While We Grow Older: A Workshop for Women

Thursday, April 6
9:00 a.m. Allan Guggenbühl, Cherishing the Stories of the Past: The Privilege of Age
10:30 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:00 a.m. Christina Mulvey, How Art, Music and Poetry Can Enliven and Rejuvenate
12:30 p.m. Faculty panel and participant discussion; seminar closure
Afternoon Free to rest, relax, walk, and enjoy wandering about Galway (OR) visit sites of interest on our own
7:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner (included)

Friday, April 7
Departures for Dublin Airport and Radisson Dublin Airport hotel. Times and sign-up sheets to be posted.

*Please Note: Daily schedule subject to change. Included: full breakfast daily; all breaks for coffee and tea; lunches on Saturday, April 1; Sunday, April 2; and Wednesday, April 5; welcoming and farewell dinners (March 31 and April 6). Shuttle service will be available to Galway City center.

 

Optional Tuesday Outing to the Connemara Highlands

Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading archaeologists, will guide us on a field trip exploring Connemara’s highlands—following in the footsteps of Dunton, Yeats, Pearse, Wilde, and Wittgenstein.

Faculty

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author, speaker, and activist. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, she is the author of thirteen books, including The Tao of Psychology; Goddesses in Everywoman; Gods in Everyman; Crossing to Avalon; Close to the Bone; The Millionth Circle; Goddesses in Older Women; and Crones Don’t Whine. Dr. Bolen appears in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy Award–winning Women—for America, for the World; the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered; and Femme: Women Healing the World.

 

Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s most respected archaeologists, is highly acclaimed for his ongoing fieldwork in Connemara. A popular presenter, he has lectured worldwide, including at Oxford, Cambridge, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian. Author of Connemara: Visions of Iar Chonnacht, as well as numerous articles and reports, he is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Croagh Patrick archaeological research team, and the Heritage Council of Ireland.

 

Erik Goodwyn, MD, holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics, a master’s in anatomy and neurobiology, and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. Currently on the faculty of the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Goodwyn is the author of The Neurobiology of the Gods. An officer in the US Air Force for seven years, he has researched and written on the dreams of soldiers in combat zones as well as authored articles combining archetype theory with cognitive anthropology.

 

Allan Guggenbühl, PhD, psychologist and Jungian analyst in Zürich, is a professor at the University of Education of the State of Zürich, editor of the Jungian journal Gorgo, and director of the Institute for Conflict Management in Bern. He earned a PhD from the University of Zürich in education and psychology and a diploma in analytical psychology from the Jung Institute in Zürich. Well known for his innovative methods of Mythodrama, Dr. Guggenbuhl’s publications include, among others,  Men, Power, and Myths: The Quest for Male Identity; and The Incredible Fascination of Violence.

 

Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD, Director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. Among his publications are the articles “The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology,” “Sounds of Silence,” and “Psychological Types, Job Change, and Personal Growth,” and the collection of essays Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism. Moderator of an important conference on aging at the Library of Congress, Dr. Maidenbaum was also a faculty member at NYU for 18 years where he taught courses in Jungian psychology, and was a contributing author of Current Theories of Psychoanalysis.

 

Christina Mulvey, a graduate of the Jung Institute in Zurich, lectures on a range of subjects in Ireland, the UK, Canada, the US, and Switzerland. Her analytic practice in County Wicklow, Ireland, includes individual and group work as well as supervision and the training of psychotherapists. She is especially interested in the application of art, literature, and music to the analytic process while her engagement with, and love of, horses is an important aspect of both her life and profession. Christina’s publications include The Wool Gatherer, the Poetry of Analysis.

 

Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD, has shared the stage with internationally known musicians and lecturers and introduced addresses of the Dalai Lama. A theologian, musicologist, and recording artist, she was awarded the first doctorate in theology from the University of Limerick. Her publications include her many music CDs; an autobiography, Listen with the Ear of the Heart, and Theosony: Towards a Theology of Listening. The subject of a major documentary by Irish national television, Nóirín currently lives at the Benedictine Monastery of Glenstal Abbey.

 

Father Simon Sleeman, MA, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy at University College in Dublin and master’s degrees in theology from St. John’s University, New York, and in organizational development from Loyola University of Chicago. Born in Berlin and educated in the Glenstal Abbey School he was Headmaster of Glenstal’s Secondary School for seven years and Bursar of Glenstal Abbey from 2000 to the present.

 

Diana Rubin, LCSW, in private practice in New York City and the Hudson Valley, specializes in working with creative and performing artists. For many years a staff psychotherapist at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s Institute for the Performing Artist, she has organized and led Jungian seminars and study tours for more than 20 years, and lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics related to Jung, creativity, and the arts.

 

Monika Wikman, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst and Astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has contributed articles and poems to numerous journals. Internationally, Dr. Wikman leads retreats for inner renewal through the activation of the subtle body realms and lectures on mythology, dreams, wellness, alchemy, and creativity. A graduate of the Jung-Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, she has taught in the graduate department at California State University and currently has a private practice in Tesuque, New Mexico.