The Second Half of Life: Inhabiting Wisdom
Facilitated by Gail Warner and Gretchen Crilly McKay
In her book The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, Angeles Arrien wrote, “…the skills we developed during the first half of life are not adequate, nor are they appropriate, to support us during the second half; the tasks and requirements for growth and change are completely different. From age fifty onward, we know that there will be four broad frontiers to face: • Retirement: from what, toward what? • The possibility of becoming a mentor, a steward, or a grandparent. • Coping with the natural challenges of maintaining the health of an aging body. • Mortality: losing our loved ones, and the inevitability of our own death.”
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"For several years we have had weekly conversations, exploring what is Sacred. We included the lenses of religion and specific spiritual teachings, but sought open-hearted inquiry, looking beyond prescribed beliefs. We have also discussed what it means to be an elder and explored what it means to cross a threshold of life where new maps are necessary and kindness and grace are helpful guides. We have shared our fears and our convictions, we have cried and laughed and appreciated the sharing." ~ Gail & Gretchen

Sometimes there are models in our families who navigated new stages of life with courage, imagination and resilience.  Often we do not have those models.  Have we really stepped back enough from being in the soup of our lives to  explore how our own attitudes impact us and those we love?  Do we consider how we face loss and whether we allow grief to transform us?

When we face devastating loss or deep hurt, we protect ourselves one way or another.  It is natural and understandable.  Sometimes our own self-protection hardens into a type of cage.  How can we practice genuine protection when we need it and also stay open to our need for connection?  How do we learn to see our vulnerable humanity and to treat one another with dignity?
Workshop Series details:
This gathering, lasting a little over a year, is an opportunity to explore in a community of others who are asking similar questions and wanting to navigate change. The exploration begins January 18, 2020 and meets every other month, ending in March of 2021. Each workshop in the series is on a Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will begin and end the series at Pine Manor, meeting in Gail's office space in San Juan Capistrano for the other four Saturdays. You can choose to attend individual workshops or all eight. The first four will constitute "chapter one" and the last four "chapter two".

Our first gathering is January 18, 2020 at Pine Manor from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
We will meet every other month through March 2021.

Payment Options:
    Pay per class: $175 per day-long gathering
    Early bird fee for first four gatherings: $600 ($100 discount) ~ available until December 30, 2019
    Early bird fee for all eight gatherings: $1100 ($300 discount) ~ available until December 30, 2019

Sampler Events:
If you would like to learn more about this adventure, join Gail Warner and Gretchen Crilly McKay in San Juan Capistrano for an evening “sampler” of this series.

    When: Thursday, Sept 26 or Thursday, Oct 24 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Where: Walk Intuit Inc ~ 27128 A Paseo Espada, Suite 1522 
San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Donation: $25

Sampler Event, September 26 ~ PURCHASE TICKET
Sampler Event, October 24 ~ PURCHASE TICKET

 To make a payment via check or Zelle, contact Gretchen

Gail Warner, MA, MFT, is heart healer and hearth keeper of Pine Manor. This small retreat center sits at the top of a mountain between encroaching suburban sprawls. Mother, grandmother, earth mother, poet, dreamer, decades-long group facilitator, and body-centered psychotherapist, Gail guides others into deep connections with their soul and the soul of the natural world while endlessly and humbly walking the same journey herself.
​Gogo Gretchen Crilly McKay is mother, grandmother, nature-lover, dreamer, initiated Sangoma, shamanic practitioner and teacher. Gogo Gretchen has been practicing shamanism for more than 25 years, studying with master shamans in the U.S. and Africa. She has a passion for working with the spirits of nature and facilitates seekers on their journey to their authentic soul-self reconnecting people with the natural world through personal exploration and ritual.