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Paul Severance's seminar was both informative and inspiring. He awakened our sleeping sense of purpose. He grounded theory with practical ways to implement. It was a clear, concise clarion call to reclaim our role as elders in the family, the community, and the world

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New Elder

The New Elder is one who has developed the qualities and taken on the wisdom-source role of the old elder (or sage) who used to be so respected in human societies.

New Elders are needed to lead us to creation of a global community which respects all humanity and respects the Earth we live on.

Third Age

After Childhood (Growth, Learning) and Adulthood (Family, Career, Security, Success):

Our increased longevity has created a Third Age: Elderhood. Possibilities. Reinvent yourself and your life. Growth. Retire or a whole new career? What do you want to experience, learn? What difference do you want to make on this Earth? Organizing principles: Fulfillment, Purpose, Legacy.


Sage-ing® is the term coined by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in his book From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. It refers to the process by which we develop and nurture our wisdom in our Third Age.

Passion, Power and Purpose in our Third Age

We work to support you in creating a “third age” that fulfills YOUR vision for this important stage of your life, rather than one which follows the ageist script of our society – gradual decline and irrelevance.

Expected Results

  • Expect more life in your years. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that having a strong sense of purpose for your life leads to longer life overall, and makes a big difference in your vitality, energy and fulfillment.For an in-depth discussion of this, see Richard Leider’s newly revised book The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better.
  • Expect that we will challenge your limiting beliefs. Our culture devalues us as we retire from our primary career, and devalues us more as we get older. That affects our own beliefs about our value and our possibilities.Our Growth and Fulfillment in the Second Half of Life presentations, Path of the New Elder seminars, and New Elder Mission Mastermind Groups will challenge you to dismiss the ageism in our culture and reach for your full potential as a New Elder.
  • Expect that we will encourage you to find and follow your unique passion and purpose – and therefore to live a more fulfilling and joyful life. Some have experienced retirement as a choice – making a contribution or enjoying life to the fullest. We believe that way of thinking limits both our contribution and our enjoyment of life: that saving the world and savoring the world go hand-in-hand.
  • Expect that we will urge you to make a difference for future generations. We’re not going to tell you what to do or how to do it – although we may throw out options for you to consider. We do believe that elders have a special role in human societies which involves taking the long view and leaving a legacy – making a difference for those who will follow us.
  • Expect to find practical tools. We believe that every one of us can fulfill our potential as an elder – there’s no magic involved, and there are a great many practical tools to help us. We’ll help you find and utilize the tools that work best for you.

Our Guiding Beliefs

  • Our world desperately needs the wisdom of our Elders.
  • Being a true Elder requires more than getting old.
  • Each of us, at every age, has a purpose(s) which we are called to fulfill – if we listen to the call.
  • When we are living lives of purpose, our lives are greatly enriched.
  • The gifts we give when we are making a contribution come back to us in the form of enhanced emotional, mental and physical health.

Our Operating Policies

  • Your initial session is free. We believe you have a right to participate in one of our sessions before making any kind of commitment, financial or otherwise, to the program. So if you are interested in one of our Way of the New Elder workshop series, or in a New Elder Mission Mastermind Group, or in individual New Elder Mission Coaching, you can participate in the initial session at no charge.The only exception is Way of the New Elder Weekend Workshops, when there is no initial session. However, for these weekend workshops, we have a no questions money-back guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with the workshop, your money will be refunded in full.
  • Flexible Program Design for Organizational Sponsors. All of our in-person programs (Central Indiana) are provided for faith communities, retirement centers, corporate pre-retirement programs, and other clubs and organizations.  We will work with you to design a program that fits your organization’s schedule and format.Our free Purpose, Growth & Fulfillment in the Second Half of Life is generally 60 minutes, but can be presented in any format from a 15 minute brief introduction to a 90 minute, more interactive seminar. Our other programs can similarly be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization.
  • Flexible Fee Structure of Organziational Sponsors. Fees, and handling of fees, for our Way of the New Elder and New Elder Mission Mastermind Groups are also negotiable with organizations interested in sponsoring these programs.