Art of Aging: Transforming the Narrative of Life



This workshop is inspired by Angeles Arrien’s book The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom. Cynthia Brown has developed this workshop as a springboard to experience and to evoke in participants a deep listening and response to the deeper questions of the “second half of life.”

If you are in the midst of transformation, whether you’re on the cusp of retirement, empty nesting, experiencing career, relationship or health changes, the “Art of Aging” process offers creative expression and reflection through creating art, free association writing and poetry.

During this workshop, space will be given for silence, for inner work and reflection, and also for enriching sharing. This experiential workshop offers an opportunity for creative expression supported by visual images and poetry with the potential to evoke imagination. The intention is to approach the challenges of aging from the perspective of the eight different gates as outlined by Arrien. This is an intimate experience for a maximum of six participants.

This workshop introduces the participant to Arrien’s book from an experiential perspective. Two full days allows each participant to enter  into their own work from their individual place. 

Audience: This workshop is suitable for adults. 

Supplies: All required supplies are included in the workshop. 

Please bring a lunch, water bottle and snack each day. 

Registration cost: $198 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees*  

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees  

Registration closes on Thur. Sept 12, 2019 at 9PM  

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Cynthia Brown, B.ED, AT, DKATI, is a professional art therapist and educator co-creating relationships in the fields of art, expressive therapies and education. She has facilitated workshops and sessions with groups and individuals using art therapy in various settings and is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Cynthia is certified in Therapeutic Body Mapping and is a Touch Drawing facilitator. She also teaches kindergarten, working with several Independent arts- and nature-based schools. Cynthia has taught English in Japan and has travelled extensively throughout the world. She lives with her husband in Cochrane, Alberta.