A New Way of Aging!

Sage-ing is looking at life in a new way as we grow older.

Sage-ing is a spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives, finding ways to transmit that wisdom as a legacy to future generations and to give back through service.

Sage-ing International’s goal is to help you achieve your best self as you age. We support Sage-ing Leaders who bring classes and workshops, Wisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters to local communities.We promote Sage-ing through online and offline resources, conferences and workshops.

Our Upcoming Conference

Please join us for the fifth biennial Sage-ing International Conference: Wisdom and Spirit in Action, October 20 – 23, 2016 to be held at Sunrise Ranch Conference and Retreat Center, Loveland, CO, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We will be gathering with kindred spirits to learn, connect and serve. The full program is now available here.  We look forward to seeing you in Colorado!!!

We are excited to announce that Filmmaker David Carey, who began interviewing for The Aging Film Project in 2010 at the Sage-ing Conference at Sunrise Ranch,  now, six years later, will make available one of the first screenings of the completed film at the 2016 Sage-ing International Conference.
“By sharing the stories of groups and individuals who are discovering a new paradigm of aging as the ultimate frontier of self-actualization, (David) hopes to help initiate a fundamental change in our how society looks at longevity and what life beyond adulthood can mean to our country and the world.”

Grand-Generational Gifts

Read Pat Hoertdoerfer’s story here about how she and her husband pass on their values to their seven grandchildren  through the Cousins Camp they created.


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Conscious Age-ing is about giving back, providing service, mentoring. See what Sages in Service are doing.




Sage-ing International is committed to transforming the current paradigm of  aging to “sage-ing”  through  learning, community building and service.

With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and with a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve every day. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations, while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve.

  • We embrace new paradigms for aging to realize our potential.
  • We recall important people and events and how they have shaped us.
  • We harvest the wisdom learned through life’s triumphs and challenges.
  • We find solace in forgiving others and ourselves
  • We make peace with death, taking spiritual and practical steps
  • We create a legacy through service, mentoring and activism

Is Sage-ing for You?

Are you in the second half of life and wondering what to do next? Have you just retired, have you recently become an empty-nester or has some other life transition left you wondering “what’s next?” Sage-ing may be your answer!

Sage-ing engages curiosity, community, commitment and connections and encourages us to enrich ourselves and our world through serving a cause, contacting a friend, reading a good book, attending a class, or enjoying the beauty and wonder of nature.

Embracing a sage-ing way of life may be the most important thing you do for yourself (and for others in your life) this year.

Here we share wisdom and inspiring stories from the Sage-ing International community, as well as from other partners in the rich collective of the conscious aging field. We aspire to bring you changing content of interest that keeps you coming back for more!

Fundamental Questions

Reb Zalman, founder of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, was a pioneer in Conscious Aging.  This Jeffrey Mishlove interview with Reb Zalman gives an introduction to Sage-ing and Conscious Aging principles.

The book From Age-ing to Sage-ing tells Reb Zalman’s story of choosing to become an Elder, rather than just becoming elderly. He shares wisdom about the last stage of life in interviews with Sara Davidson in The December Project.  Watch one of her interviews here.

Reb Zalman passed away in July 2014. Read tributes to this remarkable man here. 

Find CDs and DVDs by Reb Zalman in the Sage-ing store.

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