1H02 Soulful Ageing

Tutor/Facilitator Julie-Anne Wood

Date: on/from Mon 21 Mar 2022 to Mon 02 May 2022
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 1:00-3:00

Delivered F2F

Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 2

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This is an interactive course, with class discussion encouraged along with reflective journal assignments.

Class 1. The Promise of the Inner Work of Ageing
As Jung told us, “The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different.” We have practices from depth psychology and contemplative traditions—but how do we apply them to the process of ageing, for renewed meaning and purpose, and awareness and vitality?

Class 2. Meeting Your Shadow: The Inner Ageist
The first inner obstacle to aging consciously is our ageism against ourselves, internalised as a shadow figure from the collective shadow, and felt as selfhatred, invisibility, powerlessness, and shame. Research reveals that the consequences of “the inner ageist” are devastating for our physical, emotional, and brain health—even for our longevity. With shadow-work, we can become aware of this unconscious figure. With continuing self observation, we can learn to stop buying into its debilitating message and, instead, cultivate self-acceptance and empathic acceptance of other older adults.

Class 3. The Inner Work of Retirement
Many people face retirement from paid work as they face any liminal time: full of uncertainty, loss of identity, and loss of meaning. This presentation is not about what we do: more work or less work, more volunteering or less volunteering. Rather, it will explore retirement as a mirror, onto which we project our unconscious fears and fantasies of this stage of life.

REQUIREMENTS: Students should bring a journal to write in. No writing experience is necessary.

TUTOR: Julie-Anne, qualified with B.A Visual Arts, Grad Dip Rehabilitation Counselling and Advanced Graduate Diploma Transpersonal Counselling, retired as a social worker in 2019. She continues to share her love of depth psychology and creative expressive arts with private clients and presents her unique educational courses for the public through her website the InnerWorkAcademy.learnworlds.com