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Spirituality, Creativity, and Aging

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What might it mean to approach aging through the lenses of spirituality, creativity, and transformation? What does it mean to consciously explore our own aging process, to become what Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi called a Spiritual Elder? 

February 19 – April 3, 2020

Instructor: Ruth H. Judy, Ph.D.
Course Fee: $200.00 (includes 2 CEUs)
Registration Deadline: February 19, 2020, 9 a.m. CST

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Through readings, videos, experiential exercises, and discussions this 6-week course examines the common attributes, issues, and tasks of aging, as seen through these three lenses. We will examine the creative potential in eldering, how creativity can be a natural part of our aging, both through nurturing it and exploring ways limitations and other changes can become vehicles for our creativity. Throughout the course, we will be addressing our spirituality, the role it plays in our aging process and in our understanding of who we are. Inherent in all of the tasks of aging is the call for transformation, harvesting our experiences, and cultivating our wisdom. 

This course is applicable both for people addressing their own aging and for those wanting to personally learn about aging in order to assist others.

Course Information

Required Text

The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, by Angeles Arrien, 2005.

Additional Resources


  • Rabbit Schachter-Shalomi, author of the classic, From Age-ing to Sage-ing (1995, 2014)
  • Julia Cameron, author of It’s Never to Late to Begin Again (2016)
  • Ram Dass on Conscious Aging (2013)

Articles include, among others, excerpts from the following authors:

  • Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness (2004)
  • Ron Pevny, Conscious Living, Conscious Aging (2014)
  • Ian Roberts, Creative Authenticity, (2004)
  • Gene Cohen, author of The Creative Age (2000) and The Mature Mind (2005)
  • Carolyn Greboire, “18 Habits of Highly Creative People.” Huffington Post (November 2015)

Course requirements

This is a six-week online course. Each week you will do one module in which there will be readings/videos, one or two experiential experiences, and discussions for reflection and sharing. You will not need to be present online simultaneously with the other members, but can work at your own pace. Each module begins on a Wednesday and concludes the following Tuesday. Post your Forum discussion assignments by Friday evening and respond to the postings of other students by Tuesday of the following week. Plan to spend 3 – 4 hours each week to complete the readings, experiential activities and discussions.

About Dr. Ruth H. Judy

Dr. Ruth H. Judy

Dr. Ruth H. JudyRuth H. Judy, Ph.D. is Associate Core Faculty at Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She teaches, among other courses, Creative and Conscious Aging, examining the myths and realities of aging, and the tasks necessary for becoming a spiritual elder. She is author of Where My Soul Lives: Being A Christian Outside the Lines; Fierce Longing: Women and Infertility; and a murder mystery, All My Money Says is Bye, Bye, set in a nursing home and based on humorous and challenging experiences of Ruth’s mother and aunt, while aging.



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Want to learn more about the online courses offered through the Rueben P. Job Institute? Please visit the Rueben P. Job Institute Online Courses in Spiritual Formation/Direction webpage.

Cancellation Policies

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Course Cancellation Policy

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary reserves the right to cancel the course if a minimum participation level is not reached. If we cancel this offering, participants will be notified of the cancellation 7 business days before the offering’s start date and will receive a full refund.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Policy for Participant Cancellation

Participants can withdraw from the course in writing via e-mail to

Refunds will be provided according to this schedule:

  • Withdrawals received more than 30 days prior to the course's start date will receive: 100% refund.
  • Withdrawals received between 29 to 16 days prior to the course's start date will receive: 50% refund.

No refunds will be issued for withdrawals received 15 days or less before the course starts.