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Ignited Women Book Club: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

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In the second half of life there are new frontiers to face that come with unique and complex challenges. From age fifty onward, long held beliefs or ideas about identity, relationships, creativity and satisfaction, to name a few, are often seen through a whole new lens. 

This course will help expand your life skills and provide a framework for enacting practice and rites of passage that will help with these new chapters. They will prepare you to embody the wisdom from your life experience, and find meaning during the challenges you face. One of the metaphorical gates is presented in each class, followed by discussion, written reflections, guided visualizations, and rituals that explore and reflect the meaning of each gate in our lives. 

Inspired by the book “The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom” by Angeles Arrien, you will be guided through eight metaphorical gates that deepen your wisdom and help shift your perspective about what is available as you move into the third phase of your life. Develop a deeper knowledge and awareness of what challenges hold you back in each gate, and you will develop a plan of action to move forward. With tools to help you master your lessons and gifts, you will be more deeply aligned with your purpose, discover your untended creative talents, and feel more fulfilled in midlife and beyond. Using the practices covered in this class, you will find the courage to enact your highest values as midlife women, and experience deeper freedom and fulfillment. 

Our first meeting will give us all a chance to get acquainted with one another, cover any questions students may have, and offer an overview of how the reading and activities will be covered in our 8 subsequent class meetings. 

Required materials: “The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom” by Angeles Arrien.

Class Details

9 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Wed.  
  Weekly - Wed.  

Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Instructor : Beth Nelson 



Please read:  This class is live instruction in the virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your confirmation email, following registration.

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/17/2020 - 6/17/2020 Weekly - Wed 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Off Campus, Off Campus  Map, Room: Zoom Virtual Classroom Beth Nelson 
6/24/2020 - 8/12/2020 Weekly - Wed 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Off Campus, Off Campus  Map, Room: Zoom Virtual Classroom Beth Nelson 

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Ignited Women Book Club: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
ID: 9257

06/16/20 - 08/11/20
Weekly - Tue
9 sessions.

Off Campus

Beth Nelson