Residential Training Course in Italy

Exploring the Joys and Fears of Ageing

This workshop will teach concrete skills to address our anti-ageing and fear of aging attitude that devalues eldership.

It is not only a problem of society to fear ageing and misunderstand its meaning and purpose. We, ourselves, contribute to this put-down of mature and old age through our own inner attitudes, our internal ageism.

In a fun and creative atmosphere, you will play and create with clay as a way to reach feelings often hard to explain in words. You will also use art, yoga, poetry and literature, to reach undiscovered regions of your mind, body and soul – and you will explore how to continue to be an active participant and guide in our societies.

Madeleine working clay

Part One of a Four-Part Series

Who are we and how do we fit into this modern world today?

The idea and skill of“eldership” provides a guidepost for all yearning for consciousness in these turbulent times. In this six-day residential workshop (Part One of a Four Part Series) we will explore eldership as an attitude we can learn and practice at any age – though often we are pushed, sometimes against our will, to learning eldership through the many ups and downs we experience through life and with the benefit of time and perspective.

This workshop is meant for:

1 Youth, middle-aged adults, and mature ‘elders’ all coming together

to share and delight in their experiences and shared wisdom, and hone their skills in eldership;

2 Providers and professionals in the field of eldercare, wanting to learn new ways to work with and be with elders;

3 People of any age desiring a life of meaning with a different, eldership

informed awareness and understanding of life – a view of life backwards, through the lens of timeless virtues and values; and

Those who are searching for mysteries and wonderment that lie beyond everyday life.

Join Us in Italy!


8th – 15th September, 2017

Venue: Farfa Abbey

Via del Monastero, 1, 02032 Farfa in Sabina RI, Italy


Before June 1: 875€  for part of 4-bedroom, 975€ for part of double room, 1075€ for a single room.

After May 31: 950€ for part of 4-bedroom, 1050€ for part of double room, 1150€ for a single room.

The fee includes full board & lodging, programme materials & tuition beginning with dinner September 8th until lunch September 15th.

We want to welcome everyone. We have a few work study positions open if you need financial assistance due to your life circumstances. Please send us a request.


Nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino.


Seating is very limited. Early registration pricing ends 31 May, regular registration ends August 1st.

For more information please email

A questionnaire will be sent at registration for further details about transport and special needs.

Getting to and Staying at Farfa Abbey

Would you like some more info about getting to Farfa? About what to bring with you? About the Abbey and village? 

Find out more here on our Staying in Italy page.

Meet our Team

Madeleine Cunningham bio
Madeleine Cunningham

Professional Studio Potter. Facilitated workshops for many years in Greece and Wales. Practitioner in Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy.

Rosi Robertazzi
Rosi Robertazzi

Trainer yoga & art; storytelling, theatre, singing, poetry. Active in Italy, Norway & India. 

Nader Shabahangi, PhD
Nader Shabahangi, Ph.D.

Trainer, psychotherapist & coach. Manages and develops eldershipWinston Waterton communities in California.

Winston Waterton
Winston Waterton

Life coach, thai massage practitioner and social worker for children and families.