Intentional Aging

Exploring the Path from Senior to Elder

A new session of this popular arts-based program will be starting again in January.

What does it mean to be an elder? Is it simply a process of growing older or does it require a conscious choice? How do we take our place as elders in community? As elders, what can we offer our community?

How do we want to be remembered?

Using the storying and experiential tools of Narrative and Drama Therapy, we will explore aging, death, and dying; creating a legacy; and taking one’s place as elders in our community.

Listen, Listen, Listen … by doing this I truly hear what it is to be human and a senior … This has been a powerful, joyful, fulfilling experience.  participant in Intentional Aging

Offered by Kayte Summers, Registered Drama Therapist and Maggie Mooney, Registered Clinical Counsellor

The big takeaway from this group experience has been a better understanding of myself accompanied by a bit of a boost to my self-confidence. I found the action of creating the life tree to be very enriching and I cherish it … I also have a better sense of completion around certain aspects of my life that we worked on, as well as some that we didn’t. I do see myself in a more positive light and view my age as the asset that it is.  — participant in Intentional Aging

Participation is free and open to all Gabriolans.
Program starts Tuesday, January 16th and runs for 8 sessions
10 am to 12:30 pm at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre (476 South Road)

For more information or to register:
Maggie at 250-325-4212 or
Kayte at 250-247-9798 or

There is no charge for this program. Donations are gratefully accepted.

The group expressed appreciation for the community we were creating together. The process enabled participants to feel their losses and the inevitable hurts of their life journeys while holding a sense of appreciation and celebration for their learnings. We were all vulnerable in each others presence. This created a circle of supportive connection.  —Intentional Aging Facilitators

A Gabriola Arts Council Healing Power of Art Program

This program is supported by the Gabriola Health Care Foundation, the Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care, the BC Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia.

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