Aging Gracefully...or Not! From a Gestalt Relational Perspective - June 1-3, 2018


Aging Gracefully...or Not! From a Gestalt Relational Perspective - June 1-3, 2018


Date: June 1-3, 2018
Time: Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm (break between 12:30pm-2:00pm);
Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $247.25
Early Bird: $215.00 (before 5/18/2018) - use promo code: graceful

Continuing Education (CE): 10.75 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Gail Feinstein, LCSW

Aging has the potential to bring incredible freedom and vibrancy into our maturing lives.  Yet this experience is largely determined by outdated cultural stereotypes.  Though many people decline with age, this phenomenon is not a natural consequence, but a ramification of our collective beliefs and expectations.  In our ageist culture women are held to a different standard.  Instead of believing in their capacity to remain strong, attractive and vital, they expect their bodies and minds to deteriorate with age.  Thus, we as a society, create a pattern of thoughts, behaviors and fears that often manifest the worst realities.

Using a Gestalt relational approach, breath and sensory awareness work, relational mindfulness, movement and touch, we will investigate what aging means to us, including the grief, fear, shame and depression that we may carry and explore our relationship with our bodies.  With a positive vision, we can create new conversations about growing older, while embracing our aging and reclaiming our confidence and trust in order to become reflections for each other and our clients.

Let us celebrate the art and empowerment of aging wisely!  Let us construct practices to support each other and consciously choose to affirm and uplift our sensual, wild womanly natures, transforming our experience from one of fear and anxiety to one of enthusiasm, joy and beauty.

This workshop is designed/appropriate for all professionals including: Counselors, social workers, psychologists, physicians, nurses, art and music therapists. Coaches, managers, supervisors and others interested in exploring these topics are welcome. 

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Describe how we can transform beliefs about aging;
  • Articulate the ways cultural beliefs affect a woman's behavior;
  • Describe Gestalt Introjects and how they become embodied;
  • Create practices in how to talk about aging process;
  • Discover how women can support each other during this challenging time  through connection and collaboration;
  • Practice a new, joyful and enthusiastic approach to aging;
  • Explore the concept of “sacred partnership”;
  • Recognize the ways sacred partnership emboldens the maturing woman; and
  • Prepare to age with confidence and pride.