According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, by 2030 there will be approximately 72 million people aged 65 years and older. In our youth obsessed culture, there is a lot of anxiety about aging. Many people will face their later years as solo agers. Fears about aging or facing death and dying alone are painful for many.
Aging is indeed challenging… yet it is also a time of great opportunity for spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth.
Over the course of four years, IONS developed the Conscious Aging workshop to address these challenges and opportunities. We found that seniors are yearning to engage in dialogue together on these issues. They are looking for guidance, meaning making, connection and community to help fortify themselves for their aging years. Out of this experience IONS created the Conscious Aging Facilitator Training program.
A Comprehensive Training Program
Lead the workshop in your community!
The Conscious Aging Facilitator Training Program provides facilitators with all the resources they need to market, set up and conduct the eight-session IONS Conscious Aging workshop series in their local community. Successful completion results in becoming an IONS Certified Conscious Aging Facilitator for the period of 1 year (annual renewal required for continued certification — see below).
IONS Certified Facilitators have a unique role to play in helping elders explore the bounty and challenges of their senior years. In presenting the Conscious Aging workshop series in their own communities, the goal is to build a safe and creative space for people to explore the gifts of later life, develop strategies to alleviate the stressors of aging, and foster and relish accrued strengths and wisdom.
The Conscious Aging program is based in part on the research and practices described in two of IONS’ seminal books: Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine, and Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life
Field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings, this self-paced, self-study program is designed for those who have experience in facilitating groups as a practitioner or community volunteer, especially active or retired social workers, psychologists, MFTs, counselors, ministers, trainers, faculty, coaches, community group leaders, group facilitators, and nurses.