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That Magic Time: Living Into a Creative Life as We Age

Date: 9:00am PDT September 27 Location: South Chapel, Graduate Campus

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South Chapel, Graduate Campus

Are you wondering about what’s ahead for you as you age? Confused by people telling you how to live your life in the coming years?

Are you in, or considering, a transition such as moving out of work for an organization or into retirement?

Are you seeking to live your life as you age with creativity, purpose, and authenticity?

If you’re asking any of these questions, or ones like them, then come join us to explore “That Magic Time” in your life. This metaphor (also known as the “magic hour”) comes from the world of film and photography and refers to the transitional time on the edges of the day, such as the period just after sunrise and before sunset. These are times when the slanting light illuminates the world with clarity and warmth and allows us to see into the shadows.

Using this imagery, we can see and understand our lives in a different light, now that we are no longer in the direct glare of the busy-ness of mid-day, or mid-life. We can use this newfound understanding of ourselves and our lives to guide us as we age.

Inspired by the work of Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation and A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life), a continuing group of no more than 24 participants will gather in a “circle of trust” to create a safe and trustworthy space for reflection and discernment. We’ll use storytelling, poems and passages from various wisdom traditions, journaling, the arts, and conversation in small and large groups.

This set of three day-long experiential sessions offers you an opportunity to:

  1. Identify the steppingstones walked on your journey to this age and consider ways to creatively approach an autumn stage of life
  2. Explore the nature of transitions in your life
  3. Re-discover your personal gifts and take future guidance from them
  4. Recognize your creative growth edges and horizons
  5. Discern how to connect your inner life and your outer world of roles and relationships
  6. Strengthen your capacity to live creatively with situations that require “both/and” rather than “either/or”
  7. Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply to their stories with compassion

Who should attend?

Any person who is seeking to live life as they age with creativity, purpose, and authenticity – which could include people transitioning into retirement or those who have already made such a shift. Participants commit to attending all three sessions. 

Learn more about the Center for Courage & Renewal, Circles of Trust, and the work of Parker Palmer at

Workshop Details & Registration

Dates: Three Saturdays: September 27,  2014, February 7 and May 16, 2015

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Facilitators: David Hagstrom and Karen Noordhoff

Cost: $375 by 9/11, $450 after, for all 3 retreats, including lunch and 18 CEUs or PDUs

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About the Facilitators

imageDavid Hagstrom is a writer, storyteller and former faculty member at Lewis & Clark College. Over David’s 50 years in education, he has encouraged individuals to re-discover and nurture their passions and enthusiasm for the work they do. Prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal as a facilitator of “circles of trust,” he has guided groups of educators and ministers for 15 years.           


imageKaren Noordhoff has recently retired as a faculty member at Portland State University, having mentored graduate students and developed a doctoral leadership program for Portland area educators. About this new period of her life, she often says, “I’ve retired from the institution, but not my work in the world.”  Prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal as a facilitator of “circles of trust,” she has guided groups of educators, clergy and persons of faith, and others from a wide range of vocations, for 15 years.  She loves cooking, canoeing, cats and pretty much anything French.

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