ALBANY–A new workshop series offered by B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will examine “mindful living” that may help participants contemplate and understand the life process known as “retirement.” “Shalom Retirement! Embracing Transition, Finding Balance” will be taught online 3-4:30 p.m. over four Tuesdays – Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and 17, and Dec. 1. Workshops will be led by Audrey Seidman, a Vatika/Sage-ing® mentor.
Organizers of the course note that a major life transition may be met by some with delight or a sense of feeling adrift at sea. The participatory program will explore how people understand retirement; explore the process of transition as a series of endings, unknowns and beginnings; draw from the practices of “spiritual eldering” including gratitude and forgiveness; consider ongoing shifts in identity and life balance; identify the steps to take to cultivate the next phase of life, and legacy.
Seidman also is a spiritual director and an outreach chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.
“Shalom Retirement!” is open to the public. Fee is $80 ($72 for B’nai Sholom members). Registration is required. Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with links to access the course. Space is limited and registration is encouraged by Oct. 15.