From Anodea Judith, author of Eastern Body, Western Mind:

“Amanda has created a magnificent whole life experience for women facing the daunting challenge of aging gracefully. This could be a game changer in how we look at ourselves. Rather than being marginalized by the youth culture, this course helps you embrace the wide expanse of a lifetime, and all the wisdom and beauty that goes with it.”

One thing that jelled for me (over the program) was how to age with a partner.  It gave me tools to talk and get us on the same page about ageing together.  If you have a partner, that is a big deal!  It helped me to focus more and realize that once you are in your sixties you have to start doing the things you want to do. For me it is making artwork more of a priority. 

To me being an elder is not something that you achieve.  I feel like I have grown a lot (as a result of Legacy) but I don’t think I have arrived – anywhere.  Part of me wants to wise, but part of me doesn’t want to ever arrive if being a wise woman means that I don’t say stupid things, or do stupid things, or make dumb mistakes.  I don’t think that will ever happen. (laughter) That is Dalai Lama territory.

Gwen Penner, Educator and Artist

I joined because the patterns of my mother and grandmother didn’t fit and I had very few role models. There is a level of invisibility that older women in our culture  seem to have.  I realize now that a good part of why is how they step forward.  Once you are not an active mother or active in your career anymore you may wonder who are you and how do you fit, and if you do not know, or have that solid sense of who YOU are then nobody else will either. Now I realize other people have no power over me unless I give it to them, and there is a deep calming in that.

Elderhood is an entire shift of perspective that filters through everything I do.  It is a deeper level of authenticity. 

SG - chiropractor / organic farmer 

The thing that really captured my attention was the idea that your Legacy is something that you fall in love with that bears fruit after your gone.  That was so inspiring. I had never had that idea before. I knew that when we go what we leave behind withers. This idea is that there is something that you are going to leave behind that is going to come into its fullest after you are gone was a complete turnaround.  That was just a completely new way to think about my future. It inspired me into taking my work out into the world in a new way.

Tanis Day Ph.D. - Director of School of Energy  Enlightenment

One of the ah-ah moments for me was when I realized aggression could be (redirected) as strength and that meant I could step into my leadership, because leadership and strength were one force.

The biggest gift I received was I feel more loving towards myself and others. I didn’t expect that. I have a bigger awareness of people and their hearts. I think I have always been loving, but it’s gone to a whole new level.  Also my intuition is stronger than it’s ever been, and I trust it. Those are two biggies.

Being an Elder feels like having a new perspective on time.  We live in a world that is so rushed and so crazy and I feel like despite that there is always time.  When I see people in upset or distress I feel like holding them and letting them know there is time. Older people just know that there is …always…time.

Susan Bradley, Teacher