image for Eldership Academy's Eldership Worksop, image of deli in medieval Farfa, Italy with dates of September 10th to 17th, 2018

About September's Eldership Workshop Retreat in Italy

Exploring the joys and fears of aging using art, poetry, literature, story-telling, self-reflection, and yoga to tap undiscovered regions of the mind, body & soul.

This upcoming September 2018 workshop will focus on concrete skills to address our anti-aging and the fear of aging attitude that devalues the role of eldership.

It is not only a problem of society to fear aging 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, participants create with clay, engaging in play as a way to reach feelings often hard to explain in words. The workshop uses art, yoga, poetry, literature, and story-telling to reach undiscovered regions of the mind, body and soul – and to explore how we can continue to be an active participant and guide in our societies.

Madeleine working clay

Part Two of a Four-Part Series

Join us as we learn to embrace our own aging and how we can continue to contribute to our ever-changing society with Eldership – at any age!

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

The idea and skill of “eldership” provides a guidepost for yearning for consciousness in these turbulent times. In this seven-day residential workshop (Part Two of a Four Part Series) participants 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 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 who desire 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 searching for mysteries and wonderment that lie beyond everyday life.

This is the second of four retreat workshops exploring aging and eldership. This workshop is open to those interested in Exploring Eldership. Attendance at previous retreats is not necessary.

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The Workshop at Farfa

Venue: Farfa Abbey- Via del Monastero, 1, 02032 Farfa, in Sabina RI, Italy.

Join us in Farfa, a medieval Italian village, close to Rome. The Abbey is in the heart of the Sabine hills, a place full of peace, serenity and simplicity.

Residential Cost: The fee includes full board & lodging, programme

materials & tuition beginning with dinner September 10th until lunch September 17th, 2018.

4-bed Shared Room Option: 

895€ -Register by June 1st / 975€ -Register after June 1st

Shared Double Room Option:

$995€ -Register by June 1st / $1075€ -Register after June 1st

Single Room Option:           

1095€   -Register by June 1st / 1175€ -Register after June 1st              

More Info About Staying at Farfa Abbey >>

Working in Italy!

At the Eldership Workshop at Farfa in September, 2017

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.

Nader Shabahangi, PhD
Nader Shabahangi, Ph.D.

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