Spirituality and Aging Seminar

Aging and Spirituality: Finding Courage and Resilience

We can find ourselves in new territory where much is unknown as we face challenges and difficulties in illness, in the aging process, and in dying. In the same way the grit inside an oyster transforms into a pearl, we wonder if our fear and frustration can be transformed into something just as beautiful in us.

Oyster - photo by Roy MattappallilYou are invited to a time of learning, reflection, and self-care.

We will be led by a collaborative, experienced group of spiritual companions of various faith traditions who work in long-term care, hospice, and the community: Teresa Bryant, Miriam Frey, Dale Guenter, Jane Kuepfer, Celia McBride, and Maureen McDonnell.

The context of the gathering will allow time for contemplation, relaxation, and community connections. Join us as we consider and experience together the role of spirituality in finding courage and resilience in our work, in our homes, and within ourselves. Come for one day, two days, or make it a retreat and stay overnight at Grebel.

June 13 and 14, 2019, 10 AM–4:30PM
Cost: $155 for both days (includes lunches), overnight cost extra;
or $85 for just one day (includes lunch)

Great Hall
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G6

Register for the retreat

View or download the event flyer (PDF)

Workshop descriptions (PDF)

Retreat schedule (PDF)


The Spirituality and Aging Program

Spirituality and Aging is a program area of the Research Institute for Aging. Its two-fold purpose is to promote and disseminate research in the field of spirituality and aging that will enhance the well-being of older adults; and to be a resource to students, community clergy, chaplains, and caregivers through university classes, public lectures, and workshops.

Research Institute for Aging (RIA)Learn more about the Spirituality and Aging Program.
Email jane.kuepfer@uwaterloo.ca to chat about Spirituality and Aging.

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