“Shalom Retirement!,” a spiritual companionship group for those making their way into a new phase of life, will meet for four sessions on Thursdays, March 8, April 5, May 3 and May 31 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Services (JFS), 877 Madison Ave., Albany. The program was designed by, and will be facilitated by Audrey Seidman.
“Retirement can feel like a journey from the familiar through a new wilderness. The change can be a grand opportunity to refocus our lives, to ask ourselves what we most value, what calls to us in the time we have left,” said Seidman. According to Seidman, retirement from full-time works invites changes both anticipated and unanticipated. Beyond considering the practicalities of finances, health and living space, there may be new questions of purpose, meaning and life review.
Seidman, who studied spiritual direction in the Jewish tradition serves as an outreach chaplain with the local Jewish Federation’s Chaplaincy Services, and completed a Sage-ing Mentorship Program.
According to Seidman, the group will be participatory, inviting personal sharing and deep non-judgmental listening, all in service of the discernment of what brings each of us closer to the sacred. “A spiritual direction group differs from a traditional support group,” she said. “Rather than give advice, we are here to be witnesses and companions to each other.”
The group, sponsored by Jewish Family services, will offer a sliding scale fee of $36-$72 for the four sessions. Information may be obtained by calling 518-482-8856 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.