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You are here: Home Workshops & Events Walking the Four Directions as Conscious Elders

Walking the Four Directions as Conscious Elders

When Feb 17, 2018 10:00 AM to
May 12, 2018 04:00 PM
Cost: $45 - $75 per session, sliding scale
Ages: Open to all
Taught by: Randy Morris, Elsa Bowman, Kathie Gillet, Mary Lou Finley
Contact Name Cameron Withey
Contact Email
Contact Phone 425-485-7396
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A Workshop Series for Elders and Elders-In-Training

The times in which we are living require that elders ‘wake up’ to their rightful place as wisdom keepers for past, present and future generations.  Join a community of elders who are willing to dive into the hard-won truths of their lives, harvest the wisdom lying there and step into their rightful place as creators of a just, peaceful and sustainable future for their loved ones and for the earth community.

There are four sessions in the series, corresponding to each of the directions. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions:


East: Waking Up As Conscious Elders

February 17, 2018 • Led by Randy Morris

The times in which we are living require that elders ‘wake up’ to their rightful place as wisdom keepers for past, present and future generations.  But what is this wisdom we are supposed to have, and how do we access it?  Through story, dream, ritual and song, we will serve as witnesses to each other and to the roles that we each play in maintaining earth community and a thriving planet.


South: Discovering the Ageless Body

March 17, 2018 • Led by Elsa Bowman

Everything changes, as our aging bodies continually remind us. Yet the inner image of our self remains young and vibrant. The South Door session will focus on ways to discover and celebrate our body's connection to an ageless self through physical practices of prayer, reverence and celebration.


West: Revitalizing Our Vision: A Soul-Sized Response to Real World Affairs

April 14, 2018 • Led by Kathie Gillet

How do we, as elders, revitalize and regenerate our vision for social, economic and environmental justice?  The West is home to the ancestors and our collective wisdom. The West is about living in our creative tension and releasing fears that permeate into the world.  Joining our collective wisdom with embodied ways of knowing can help us transform fears, some of which might even masquerade as good intentions.  Guided by a clear and open heart we can strengthen our response to real world change.


North: The Path of Non-Violent Resistance for Conscious Elders

May 12, 2018 • Led by Mary Lou Finley

During the 20th century Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to the world a great gift: the power of nonviolence.  They showed the world how to fight injustice with the power of love and great faith in human possibility.  In this participatory workshop we will explore the Six Principles of nonviolence as developed by Martin Luther King, Jr., looking to see how they might play a role in our development as conscious elders and our intention to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable future.




Time: 10am - 4pm on these Saturdays: February 17, March 17, April 14, May 12.

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Advanced registration is encouraged. See the 'Register Now' link below. You are welcome to email or call 425-485-7396 with questions.

Cost: $45 - $75 per session, sliding scale. You are welcome to self-select anywhere along the scale, based on your financial capacity.


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About the Facilitators

Randy bio pic Randy Morris, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Antioch University Seattle where he supervised the Spiritual Studies and Psychology areas of concentration.  He continues to teach classes in dreams, mythology, depth psychology and eco-spirituality, and has a private mentoring practice.  Randy is President Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Rite of Passage Journeys, and led vision quests for many years.  He is the editor of the book Rites of Passage Into Elderhood.
Elsa Bowman bio pic
Elsa Bowman’s long career in K- 12 education included research in the arts, gender issues, and adult development.   She completed her shamanic training at the Four Winds Society, Park City Utah and is a certified teacher of its Dying Consciously program.  She also trained as a practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living, Tacoma.
Kathie G bio pic Kathie Gillett, Ph.D., is a visionary leadership consultant and educator who participates simultaneously as a teacher and a life learner. Her life's mission includes modeling service leadership and taking an active role in caring for our world. Kathie's work involves healing multi-generational grief and trauma. Kathie's practice of attending to embodied ways of knowing transforms resistance into deep engagement with our collective soul.  Her work honors cross cultural traditions and the power of community to heal.
Mary Lou Finley
Mary Lou Finley, Ph.D., served on Martin Luther King’s staff in the mid-1960’s and has been teaching about nonviolence for more than 30 years.  She is a certified Kingian Nonviolence trainer, working with the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago.   Mary Lou is a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University Seattle, and is co-editor of the recent book, The Chicago Freedom Movement:  Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North.
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