IONS Conscious Aging Facilitators Guide

A self-paced, self-study training that provides facilitators with all the resources they need to market, set up and conduct an 8 session workshop series on Conscious Aging in their local community. (One Workbook also included)
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IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator's Guide: 

A self-paced, self-study training that provides facilitators with all the resources they need to market, set up and conduct an 8 session workshop series on Conscious Aging in their local community.  Program includes a printed Facilitators Guide, Companion Participant Workbook, and eligibility to commercially market and deliver IONS Conscious Aging workshops as a private practitioner or community volunteer.  This program is designed for those who have experience in facilitating groups as a practitioner or community volunteer, especially active or retired Social Workers, Psychologists, MFTs, Counselors, Ministers, Trainers, Faculty, Coaches, Community Group Leaders, Group Facilitators and Nurses. 



The final third phase of life is a great opportunity for spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth. It’s a time to celebrate a life journey, to harvest the wisdom of those experiences, and to share what was meaningful in the company of others. And yet in our youth-obsessed culture, there is a lot of fear and anxiety about growing older, especially for those who enter their later years alone.

Recognizing this, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) developed a program specifically for facilitators who are ready to work with seniors who are ready to embrace this final stage of their journey based on over fifteen years of research on transformation. It’s called Conscious Aging, created over four years and field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings.


The components of the workshop facilitators will be guided to conduct are based on the following four guiding principles to foster growth, connection, and learning:

Inner Guidance: We provide opportunities for participants to tap into their own inner guidance and wisdom and bring hidden beliefs and assumptions into conscious awareness. Research shows that reflection tools can improve our psychological and biological well-being. These activities stimulate and draw on inner guidance which helps shift attention from external to internal forces.

Inspirational Ideas: We present inspirational ideas from trusted sources that help to seed learning and spark new understanding.  Key ideas are followed by questions designed for reflection and self-discovery, prompting a shift in focus from outer to inner authority.

Collective Wisdom:  These activities help the group listen to one another’s insights, perceive patterns, connect diverse perspectives, and experience a sense of wholeness and community.

Conversation Circle: The design of the workshop is a receptive space of deep listening and speaking from the heart. The goal is to draw out what truly has meaning and to bring that forward via thoughtful speaking and listening. This is facilitated by creating small groups and of no more than three to four participants. These small groups are conducive to intimate conversation and allow time for each participant to share thoughts and ideas, regardless of how many participants are in the larger group.


Participants in the Conscious Aging program will:

  • explore their unexamined, self-limiting beliefs and assumptions about aging and learn to make better choices about how to age more consciously;
  • develop the skills of self-compassion to cope more effectively with the stresses associated with aging;
  • discover what has given heart and meaning to their lives and how that can enrich their intentions for a healthy aging process;
  • identify the regrets, sufferings, and negative self-concepts that have kept them from more fully appreciating themselves and their lives;
  • minimize any feelings of isolation from others and deepen their relationship with the world around them;
  • learn to manage their fears and those of their loved ones in the presence of death through the transformative power of surrender and acceptance; and
  • cultivate a personal roadmap for their own aging journey by deepening their spiritual life and learning to make each moment matter.

We have found that seniors are yearning to engage in dialogue together on these issues. They are looking for guidance, meaning making, connection, and community to help fortify themselves for their aging years. They will experience all of that and more by participating in this unique program.


The Conscious Aging Facilitators Program Includes:

  1. A self study, self paced Printed Facilitator's Guide
  2. A print copy of Companion Participant Workbook and the ability to purchase more for your workshop participants (not available to the general public)
  3. Eligibility to commercially market and deliver IONS Conscious Aging workshops as a private practitioner or community volunteer in your local community
  4. Monthly distance learning teleconferences where you will learn more about the Conscious Aging workshop content, guiding principles and group processes, receive tips for marketing and delivery of the workshops, learn best practices from your peers and have an opportunity to ask questions and receive coaching on your work.
  5. Downloadable documents that include a welcome letter, articles on Conscious Aging, course evaluation forms, flyer and logos for your promotional materials with the link and passcode to get your certificate of self study Guide completion and Continuing Education Credits.

Note, for more information on which CEUs are available, see HERE.

Once you purchase and study the Conscious Aging Facilitator’s Guide, successfully pass the online self study test, and receive your certificate, you are eligible to market, facilitate, and charge fees for the Conscious Aging workshop series .You must purchase a Conscious Aging Companion Workbook for each participant in your workshop.  You do not have the right to teach others to facilitate the course or to offer it under an organization name unless further licensed by IONS. IONS retains all rights to our products and intellectual property as well as the right to distribute workbooks and facilitator's guides through our bookstore or other entities. 



“An inspiring vision for aging that recognizes the vast potential for life’s elder chapters to be infused with purpose, passion, and continual growth! It is critical that the rapidly increasingly number of people approaching their senior years have access to this rich program—helping us shine brightly as we age consciously.”

--Ron Pevny, Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering

“This program gently leads participants toward compassionate self-understanding. Though written for people past midlife, it is a guide for all mature people who seek connectedness and inner peace, for it identifies those qualities in oneself that bring about fulfillment

--Nan Merrick Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide

"This remarkable program takes readers through a series of explorations, reflections, and exercises turning the challenges of aging into opportunities for growth.  This can be the most meaningful and fruitful time of all, but it doesn’t happen automatically.  It takes mindful effort; this workbook will show you the way."

--Tom Pinkson, Ph.D., author of Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years

“This exceptional program provides a resource and vision for reflecting on important themes that emerge as we age. By supporting fuller engagement of our inherent compassion, forgiveness, and wisdom, the Conscious Aging program encourages conscious reflection and the transformation of moving into elderhood!”

--Angeles Arrien, PhD, Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Second Half  of Life and Living in Gratitude



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