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

Date: 9:00am PST February 7, 2015 Location: South Chapel, Graduate Campus

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South Chapel, Graduate Campus

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 such 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 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 experiential session offers you an opportunity to:

  1. Identify the steppingstones walked on your journey to this stage of life
  2. Explore the nature of transition
  3. Re-discover your personal gifts and take future guidance from them
  4. Consider your possible creative growth edges and horizons
  5. Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply to their stories with compassion, as they also listen deeply to yours

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. 

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

Workshop Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday, February 7, 2015

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

Facilitators: David Hagstrom and Karen Noordhoff

Cost: $150 including lunch and 6 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Facilitators

David 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.           


Karen 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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