Reb Eliana will lead the first two sessions, inviting participants to take an in-depth look at the values we hold precious and talk about ways to strengthen them in our daily lives. We will also examine the values that challenge us and brainstorm about ways we can overcome our resistance to them. In small and large group breakout sessions, we will focus on recognizing and practicing our values so that others may read the torah of our lives – the legacy we leave behind.
Through a process of deep reflection on shared experiences, stories, and wisdom of sages, participants will have an opportunity to:
Vatikah Diane will guide the middle two sessions, expanding the concept of Legacy beyond the “traditional one” of what is left to our heirs. In today’s world many do not marry, have children or a life partner, yet the richness of their lives is filled with wisdom and a strong sense of purpose. We will consider ways to live these beloved attributes and values and create a ripple effect in the world.
Session 3: Rediscovering Your Light
Through journaling, sharing, and meditation, we will reflect on the collective wisdom of those who have come before us. Using photographs and personal memories we will explore the gifts we have received. We will honor them and the light we carry.
Session 4: Stepping Into Your Own Light
We will reflect on our own life experiences and wisdom to find that which guides us in our own daily lives, and explore ways to shine our own unique light in the world. We will consider how to share our sense of passion and purpose in the world inspiring others through mentoring and creative pursuits.
Rabbinic Pastor Shulamit Fagan will bring her storytelling expertise to the final two sessions. The stories of our lives are very important. They have value for our children and grandchildren, who may not know us as well as they or we would like. They have value for other humans because they may have lessons from which we can all learn. And most importantly, they have significant value to ourselves. Stories help us remember who we were then, and who we are now.
In these last two sessions we will learn to find the stories we want to tell, discuss methods of writing and/or telling those stories, learn how to edit, and share a story or two with each other. Please come with an open heart, a willingness to share, something to write with (pen and paper or computer), art supplies if you like to picture your stories, a sense of humor, and a desire to be the best you.
No class on 11/24 - Thanksgiving break
Rabbi Eliana Nadyne Lee practiced for 35 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is a Mashpi'ah Ruchanit [spiritual director] trained through the Hashpa’ah Program for Spiritual Directors. Eliana is a Vatikah, an elder who transmits the teachings of Reb Zalman through programs about Age-ing to Sage-ing®. She was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing and she is the author of three published books and two unpublished Siddurim [prayer books]. Reb Eliana has expertise in the field of spiritual direction, health care, and creative writing. She teaches courses on Healthy Pleasures in the Four Worlds, Creating Your Own Siddur, and Valuing Our Values.
Diane Horn RDH, CHHC, began her career as a Registered Dental Hygienist, graduating from UCLA. After 40 years of practice, she realized she wanted to help people improve their wellness and quality of life beyond the dental office. She received a Certificate in Life Coaching from the Newfield Network Institute and a Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Diane is the author of “7 Simple Ways to Re-Discover your Wow Factor” for those over the age of 50. She was awarded the title of Vatika from Yerusha to pass on the wisdom of Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi’s Age-ing to Sage-ing®.
Rabbinic Pastor/Chaplain Kate Shulamit Fagan is a dynamic teacher, vibrant storyteller, a mother, and a grandmother. She teaches nationally and locally on pastoral counseling, decisions at the end of life, ethical wills, the art of compassionate listening, and sacred story telling. Shulamit is well known for her creative Jewish lifecycle celebrations and is a co-founder of The Multifaith Storytelling Institute, which offers workshops and retreats throughout the year.
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