Aging Gracefully in Community

5-Week Online Course | Starts June 21st!

How do you imagine your life as you age? Do you envision spending time with loving friends and supportive neighbors? Contributing from a place of abundant experience? Enjoying both freedom and connection in a vibrant village?

Learn how to age with grace in community. 

Save $100 (on October course) through 10/9/22! Regular price $299

Loneliness has risen along with longevity in a society that fails to provide a meaningful place for its aging population. You too may worry about missing the richness of community in life’s later years.

Intentional communities offer a radically different approach to the journey of becoming older. 

Contrasted with the typical retirement community, an intentional community can provide a culture that centers on:

  •  Elderhood
  •  Intergenerational relationships
  •  Thoughtful design
  •  Empowerment
  •  Care for the whole person

For the newly created Aging Gracefully in Community course, we’ve brought together four passionate and experienced instructors to unpack both the challenges and opportunities of aging in community. 

You’ll learn about the many variations of senior cohousing, explore the concept of eldering, and discuss the intergenerational dynamics that impact aging in an intentional community. With their support, you’ll also examine the realities of getting older and the often unexplored topic of dying in community. 

You will leave this course with…

  • Clarity on your options for aging in place and in community
  • Useful perspective for how to step into elderhood
  • Plans for a program of neighborly mutual support (co-care)
  • Understanding for how inter-dependance supports in-dependance
  • Knowledge for how to handle intergenerational dynamics in a multi-age community
  • Advice for navigating the dying process, caregivers, and grief
  • Ability to foster a culture of care and create a team of caregivers
  • Having embraced the realities of how needs typically change as you grow older
  • Knowing the limits of community care for giving and disability
  • Explored the nuances of life in community and how to decide what’s best for you

Meet Your Instructors

Margaret Critchlow

Margaret Critchlow, PhD, taught anthropology at York University in Toronto, Canada for 25 years before retiring to Vancouver Island. She loved learning from villagers in the south Pacific islands of Vanuatu and from residents of Canadian housing co-ops. She has written or co-authored more than 50 academic article and 7 books.

She was a founding member of the first senior cohousing community in western Canada, Harbourside Cohousing, where she has lived with her husband since it opened in Jan 2016. Margaret enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for cohousing with people of all ages, independently and as a Community Building Facilitator with Cohousing Development Consulting. Her courses, “Aging well in community” and “Is cohousing for you?” have supported people to better understand what they are getting into when they join a cohousing community.

 

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Laird Schaub

Laird’s specialty is up-tempo inclusive meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict and diversity—all the while being ruthless about capturing as much product as possible.

Laird lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing rural community that he helped found. He also helped found the Foundation for Intentional Community, where he served as the main administrator for 28 years.

In 1987, he created a self-insurance fund for healthcare among income-sharing communities called PEACH (Preservation of Equity Accessible for Community Health) that he ran for 22 years. In addition to his expertise in community living, he’s parlayed his passion for good process into a consulting business focused on cooperative group dynamics, styled CANBRIDGE (Consensus And Network Building for Resolving Impasse and Developing Group Effectiveness), since 1987.

Danielle Williams, Presenter

Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in 2012 after living and tasting the flavors at multiple other intentional communities in different countries. In 2016 she became the Executive Director for the nonprofit there, which shares Dancing Rabbit’s unique flavor of hope and sustainable living inspiration with the world. She delights in living in a 213 sq-ft naturally built round house called the Hermitage. Danielle originally hails from the state of Colorado, and her skills are as diverse and varied as the places she’s lived since then (hypnotherapy, breathwork, facilitation, marketing, spreadsheets…). Her degree in Peace & Global Studies informs her vision of how ecovillages are part of a global movement towards curing the social pandemic of loneliness and meaninglessness, and creating a better world for everyone. She passionately cultivates the world she wants to pass on to future generations, and living in community (amidst all the highs & lows) is an integral part of that cultivation.

 

Alline Anderson

Alline Anderson is a native Californian transplanted to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in the rural Midwest, where she is constantly astonished by fireflies, wide open spaces, and remarkable clouds. As the creator/owner of the Milkweed Mercantile, she has welcomed hundreds of visitors to Dancing Rabbit.

Alline was profoundly moved by the death of a beloved young community member in 2010, and the empowerment that came from burying her together with the rest of her Dancing Rabbit community. Equally as transformative were the last days and deaths of close friends and relatives.

As she enters year 23 at Dancing Rabbit, Alline has become an advocate of thoughtful conversations about aging, hospice, death, and natural burial, and is passionate about exploring the empowerment of individuals in choosing how they want to live and to die. She is currently working on ideas to make Dancing Rabbit and other intentional communities more elder-friendly, and on ways to enable herself to become more adaptable and of service to her community as her skills and abilities change.

Lee Warren

Lee is a devoted community builder. She is delighted by community of all kinds, shapes, sizes, and intentions. Her life purpose is to provide leadership in the building of community in accessible, natural, and blissful ways. To that end, she is committed to reweaving the cosmologies as well as regenerating the cultural wisdom that allows for us ALL to “return to the village.” The village is a metaphor for the collaborative approach to life that will repair historical damage and create a sense of coherence and unity. Cultural repair looks like conscious relating to self, to land, to dying, to living, and to other. As we return to the village, we create cohesive, supportive, inclusive, and life-giving systems that tend to the whole, most especially to the “more than human world”. In the midst of this deep reverence, we will come to see the divine in all things. All aspects of life are sacred opportunities for presence and soulful engagement. sustainable economics, conscious dying, and community of all kinds.

The Online Course Experience

Live Interactive Sessions

Each week will feature a 2-hour live class with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Get ready for interactive presentations, group discussion, small cohort activities and personalized support. Plus, each week there will be bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists.

Journey with a Cohort

Join participants from around the world who are embarking on creating community for better living and more connection. You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minds and develop a network of support to carry your community project forward. Welcome to your global community of communities.

Deep Learning

Participants will have access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.

Course Syllabus

  • Class 1: Introduction to Challenges and Opportunities of Aging in Community [with Margaret Critchlow]
  • Class 2: Eldering and Nuances in Intergenerational Communities [with Laird Schaub]
  • Class 3: Living into Realities of Aging: Lessons from a Senior Cohousing Community [with Margaret Critchlow]
  • Class 4: The Search for Meaning & Connection as we Age [with Danielle Williams & Alline Anderson]
  • Class 5: The Art of Death & Dying in Community [with Lee Warren]

Course Schedules

All classes will be recorded and viewable with other class materials for up to 3 weeks after the last class. Live classes will be hosted via Zoom.
Please click the month below to view the respective class dates and times.

June-July 2022

June-July 2022

  • 6/21/22
  • 6/28/22
  • 7/5/22
  • 7/12/22
  • 7/19/22

All classes are on Tuesdays from 12-2pm Pacific / 1-3pm Mountain / 2-4pm Central / 3-5pm Eastern

October-November 2022

October-November 2022

  • 10/26/22
  • 11/2/22
  • 11/9/22
  • 11/16/22
  • 11/23/22

All classes are on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30pm Pacific / 3:30-5:30pm Mountain / 4:30-6:30pm Central / 5:30-7:30pm Eastern.

Registration

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Aging Gracefully in Community Course

Starting From $199.00

Learn how to flourish as in community as those around you age.

Duration: 5 Weeks (2+ hours/week)

Save $100 (on October course) through 10/9/22!

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Apply for a scholarship. Those with low-income and from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. FIC is committed to ensuring everyone has access to intentional community learning opportunities.