Celebrating our Elder Wisdom

Michelle Benjamin

Gabriola Arts Council

Tuesday, May 20 2014

As we age, it is easy to feel invisible or relegated to the rocking chair. Some think we have lost our ability to contribute to the world and should wait quietly for our dying. The last stage of our lives is another phase of our living - maybe even the most important one - and our senior years can be a time of integration when worldly concerns fall away as we prepare for the mystery to come. It can also be a time when we are fully engaged with our communities, our families and ourselves. 

Join a group of Gabriola elders to share stories, learnings, joys and losses. Using elements of theatre and play, we will recreate significant moments and celebrate our knowledge while discussing vital questions: How to get respect for the wisdom we have accrued? Will we have opportunities to pass on our knowledge? How do we want to be remembered after our dying, and acknowledged while we are living? 

We will explore how we reclaim our honoured ancestral role and talk about how we continue to live passionately in the world while planning for a healthy and satisfying death. 

The program takes place on Wednesdays from May 28 to July 16 at the Women’s Institute Hall. There is no charge. Call Kayte at 250-247-9798 or email kaytesummers@shaw.ca for information or to register.