Sage-ing® Mentorship

The ALEPH Sage-ing® Program is pleased to offer

THE ALEPH SAGE-ING® MENTORSHIP

with Rabbi Victor Gross, Rabbi Nadya Gross,
Lynne Iser, Shaya Isenberg, and Bahira Sugarman

Sage-ing Teachers
>> Learn to mentor others in the exciting work of Sage-ing®.
>> Learn to be a Wisdom Keeper and teach others to discover their life’s wisdom.
>> Learn about the Soul’s journey and how to guide others with their process.
>> Bring the Sage-ing® process to your community and friends.

THIS PROGRAM HAS THREE PARTS:
Part One: Wisdom of the Heart: From Age-ing to Sage-ing®
Part Two: Death as Homecoming: Life is the Answer
Part Three: Passing on the Legacy (Mentorship Phase)

Part 1 and Part 2 of the Aleph Sage-ing Program can be taken as a stand-alone workshop or retreat. In order to participate in Part 3, the Mentorship Program, both Parts 1 and 2 must be completed first, in any order.

Part One
Wisdom of the Heart: From Age-ing to Sage-ing®

Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, Bahira Sugarman and Lynne Iser

Part One will be given July 10-16, 2017 as part of Ruach Ha'Aretz 2017
at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York.

Then what are elders?
They are wisdomkeepers…
they are pioneers in consciousness…
Serving as mentors,
they pass on the distilled essence
of their life experience…

     —Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

This course will introduce some of the major concepts and exercises of the Mentoring Program. You will gain experience with the transformations of consciousness that are the fruits of our Spiritual Eldering™. Building on the teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, this class offers powerful contemplative tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of our own ripening lives.

This new vision of growing older empowers us to:

  • Harvest the wisdom of our life experience to enrich the present moment.
  • Face our mortality and learn from it.
  • Mature in our relationships & in our communities.
  • Develop a regenerative spirit.
  • Take active leadership roles in society.

While learning transformative practices based in Jewish practices, we will also draw on the wisdom of other traditions as well as current transpersonal and integral teachers and therapists. We view this as a deeply ecumenical process, which is one of the deep roots of Reb Zalman’s teaching, and invite all participants to connect their aging to their spiritual life.

Many traditional cultures, including Judaism, teach that acquiring wisdom is the learning specific to Sage-ing®. Think of it as spiritual alchemy!

Parts One and Two may be taken in any order.

Part Two
Death as Homecoming: Life is the Answer

Rabbi Nadya Gross and Rabbi Victor Gross

Part Two is scheduled for February 5-10, 2017 at the Franciscan Retreat Center, Tampa, Florida.

People have been dying
ever since the world began and yet
each one of us clings to the illusion
that death is something
that happens to other people
but not to us.

     —Rabbi Jack Reimer

When we recognize that life is finite we are challenged to live each moment fully and to accept the gift of our soul’s breath as our most precious commodity. Part TWO of our program focuses on facing our mortality and learning from it how to re-prioritize and redefine the values in OUR lives.

We may choose to BE rather than DO. We can freely choose to NOW focus on the meaning of our lives and make the adjustments that allow for that meaning to be expressed before we are faced with the “final curtain call.”

Using processes and tools that take us into the imaginal realm, we will visit the end of our life to explore medical and ethical choices and the psycho-spiritual obstacles to a ‘beautiful death’. We will encounter the Soul, and what our Jewish mystical tradition, as well as other traditions, teach us about the journey our soul takes—before, during and after this lifetime.

Each of us will write our own vidui— “deathbed confession” — and begin the process of writing a Spiritual-Ethical Will. We will take home with us the tools to update and expand both of these gifts as life continues to unfold.

Part 1 and Part 2 of the Aleph Sage-ing Program can be taken as a stand-alone workshop or retreat. In order to participate in Part 3, the Mentorship Program, both Parts 1 and 2 must be completed first, in any order.

Retreat Center Information

Part Two is scheduled for February 5-10, 2017 at the Franciscan Retreat Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa, Florida 33603-5345. This tranquil facility offers the quiet seclusion of a faraway retreat, and yet it isn't far away at all. The Center's Main building includes a chapel, a spacious dining room overlooking the Hillsborough River, and comfortable bedrooms with private showers, including both single and double rooms. Single rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Two of the bedrooms are handicapped equipped. All public areas are handicapped accessible. The building has central air-conditioning and heat and ceiling fans in each room. Bed linens and towels are provided. Our program will take place in Sabbath House, a separate home-like building with a beautiful private meeting space. The Center's labyrinth is located between the Main Building and Sabbath House. An outdoor pavilion is situated at the edge of the river which flows along the property.

Fees:
Double room - $1350; Single room - $1450 (Fees include lodging, meals, all instruction and instructional materials, as well as administrative costs.)
Commuter - $1080 (Fees include meals, all instruction and instructional material, as well as administrative costs.)
Please stay tuned for registration information.

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Part Three
Passing on the Legacy

Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, Bahira Sugarman, Lynne Iser, Rabbi Nadya Gross, and Rabbi Victor Gross

…[a Sage] is a person who deserves respect and honor and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from long life experience and to formulate this into a legacy for future generations. —The Live Oak Project

To enroll in Part Three, you must have successfully completed Parts One and Two, which may be taken in any order. To apply, please contact us at sage-ing@aleph.org. This course will provide the training and support that is needed to take the Sage-ing® work home and to then serve as a mentor to others who are following the Sage-ing® path. The training period for this course is one-year and includes:

  • Two 5-day Intensive Workshops
  • A tele-course that focuses on Jewish, and other sources, for Sage-ing®
  • Tele-conferences with an instructor
  • Monthly coaching with your spirit buddy

As a mentor-in-training, you will learn and/or brush up on the skills to work effectively with the Sage-ing Tools™ including:

  • Learning to guide participants safely through the major Sage-ing® exercises.
  • Learning to communicate the goals and values of Sage-ing®.
  • Learning how to use your life skills as a Sage-ing® mentor.

During the training period, you will work with the faculty and receive their guidance in designing a mentoring project that utilizes your particular skills and addresses your professional goals. For instance, if you are a congregational rabbi, you’ll have support in introducing the Sage-ing® work to your membership; if you are a therapist, you’ll have help integrating it into your practice.

2015-16 Cohort for Part Three

First Retreat for 2015-16 Cohort:
October 11-16, 2015 at the Franciscan Retreat Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa, Florida 33603.

Tele-course dates for 2015-16 Cohort:
December 6, 2015; January 17, February 21, March 20, 2016
11am EST, 9am Mountain Time, 8am Pacific Time

Final Intensive for 2015-16 Cohort and Graduation:
October 30 - November 4, 2016 at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland.
Final Projects completed by September 9, 2016.

Register For Final Retreat

2017-18 Cohort for Part Three

First Retreat for 2017-18 Cohort:
October 2017, Location TBA

Tele-course dates for 2017-18 Cohort:
December 2017, January, February, March 2018 TBA
11am EST, 9am Mountain Time, 8am Pacific Time

Final Intensive for 2017-18 Cohort and Graduation:
October 2018
Final Projects completed TBA


Faculty

Rabbi Shaya Isenberg is past Chair of the Department of Religion and Emeritus at the University of Florida. He is co-founder and co-director of UF’s Center for Spirituality and Health. Rabbi for P’nai Or, Gainesville, he serves on the faculty of the Aleph Rabbinical program and on the faculty of the Aleph Spiritual Direction Program.

Bahira Sugarman, a traditional Reiki Master, is ordained as a spiritual guide and has been celebrated as an Eyshet Hazon (Woman of Vision). Licensed as a clinical social worker, as a marriage and family therapist, and as a massage therapist, she teaches T’ai Chi Chuan and Reiki and combines psychotherapy and healing work in her private practice.

Shaya and Bahira are senior faculty emeritus of the Spiritual Eldering Institute where they designed and implemented its leadership training program.

Lynne Iser is a facilitator, teacher and advocate whose professional passion is to create elder communities designed to add value to our world and culture.  She teaches classes and workshops on Spiritual Eldering and Growing Older in Community. She was the co-founder and the first Executive Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute and brings over 30 years experience and a wealth of information to community non-profit organizations.

Rabbi Victor Gross is a congregational Rabbi and Educator. He serves as faculty and Director of Studies in the Aleph Rabbinical Program, and also serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR. Reb Victor is the author of Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Rabbi Nadya Gross has developed a program to train End-Of-Life Doulas, and serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living, Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR, where she was awarded an Honorary Anamcara. Reb Nadya also serves as Mashpi’ah (Spiritual Director) with individuals, couples, and clergy, and is the Director of the ALEPH Hashpa'ah Training Program (ALEPH Ordination Program in Spiritual Direction).

Together, Nadya & Victor serve as co-Rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO and co-Directors of Programs for ALEPH.

Sage-ing Cohort 2

Vatikim - Cohort 1


Questions? Contact us at sage-ing@aleph.org.

The directors of this project are available to speak in your community. Contact rebshaya@me.com or LPIser@aol.com. We look forward to sharing this deeply personal and transformative work with you.