Conscious Aging Institute

Conscious Aging Institute (CAI) is a Colorado Corporation founded in 2008 located in beautiful Boulder, Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.


The Center for Conscious Eldering.

The Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, is dedicated to supporting the development of conscious elders. They offer Coaching, Choosing Conscious Elderhood Retreats, and Introductory Workshops. This is our passion, purpose and talent. We serve those in and approaching that period of life, sometimes called “The Third Age,” who hear the call to age consciously.”


Growing Bolder

Growing Bolder is just one piece of Bolder Broadcasting Inc., among the world leaders in wellness and active lifestyle content creation and delivery across all major media platforms. Our products include the nationally distributed Growing Bolder TV and radio shows, the three-time Emmy®-nominated Surviving & Thriving TV show, Growing Bolder Magazine, a network of community websites anchored by, and our newest venture, Bolder Docs, a documentary film unit dedicated to producing films that change lives.


 Conscious Elders Network 

The Conscious Elders Network (CEN) is an educational, non-profit organization fostering a budding movement of vital elders, dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the demanding challenges facing our country. We work inter-generationally for social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and sound governance. We bring our multiple talents and resources, offering these in service to the goal of preserving and protecting life for all generations to come. We invite you to join us in this monumental endeavor! []




Ron Pevny. 2014

As the boomer population is retiring healthier than any generation before them, aging is looking a whole lot different. Ron Pevny, Founder and Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, presents readers with a new model for aging that is contemporary yet grounded in time-honored wisdom, focusing on aging’s potential for growth, passion, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration. Pevny encourages readers to stop viewing aging as the twilight of their lives and welcome in a new dawn by not just growing old, but by aging consciously.



Karen Hitchcock March 14, 2015.

Let’s stop seeing the elderly as “cute” or a financial drain when they become sick – and instead regard them as our future selves.


S.M. Stiegelbauer Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


This paper discusses the nature and role of First Nation Elders in Toronto urban community organizations. It presents the Elders’ own definition of what they do in these organizations, how they came to be called Elders, what they see an Elder to be, and their relationship to the urban community.

We see a natural process of aging and personal development where, as individuals grow older and accumulate knowledge and skills, they are respected for what they have learned. They are asked to teach others about culture, tradition, and “being a human being” based upon their experiences. This teaching is seen as essential to facilitating a strong sense of cultural identity and healing, especially in urban settings.



Traditionally our old ones were the story tellers. Things were passed this way from generation to generation. For this reason the elders made it a point to remember every detail so they could relate it at a later time. They were the word and picture carriers making history and spiritual values alive and important. In the last century we spoof their stories and in so doing make them feel foolish. The truth is that many of our young’s are ignorant of what is valuable and precious and how to appreciate age. Age is grace – a time far too valuable to waste. We can get over being poor, but it takes much longer to get over being ignorant.

Elders are recognized in several ways, by age, by knowledge, by spiritual commitments to their tribe, by the people. The Elders hold a special place in Native Society. Our Elders are the carriers of our memory and life experiences. The youth have the energy while the Elders exercise their wisdom. It is everyone’s responsibility to grow into a respected Elder; one who is sought out for advice and council. At Native Gatherings, the Elders eat first while the young wait their turn. Elders can often be seen in the center of a group of young ones sharing their knowledge. Our American society today is so youth driven that it has forgotten that Elders also have a contribution to everyday life.



Susan V. Bosak, Legacy Project

In The Ways of My Grandmothers, Beverly Hungry Wolf writes, “In the years since I began following the ways of my grandmothers I have come to value the teachings, stories, and daily examples of living which they shared with me. I pity the younger girls of the future who will miss out on meeting some of these fine women.”



BJ Miller is executive director at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco and an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He will be a featured speaker at the annual Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium, November 3- 6, 2016 at the Garrison Institute in New York.



Kenneth H. Blanchard

After you reach middle age, what are you going to do with the rest of your life to make it healthy, joyful, and meaningful? Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and leading psychologist Morton Shaevitz say too many people see the rest of their lives not as an opportunity but as a kind of sentence.



Karina Martinez-Carter

Western cultures tend to be youth-centric, emphasizing attributes like individualism and independence. This relates back to the Protestant work ethic, which ties an individual’s value to his or her ability to work — something that diminishes in old age. Anthropologist Jared Diamond, who has studied the treatment of the elderly across cultures, has said the geriatric in countries like the U.K. and U.S. live “lonely lives separated from their children and lifelong friends.” As their health deteriorates, the elderly in these cultures often move to retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.



Jared Diamond. 2012. Penguin Books.



Recommended Books That Support Aging Consciously

  • Compiled by Ron Pevny

Anthony, Bolton (editor). Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit In Later Life (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Second Journey Press, 2013)

Baines, Barry K. Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper (New York: Perseus Publishing, 2001).

Blanchard, Janice (editor). Aging In Community (Chapel Hill: Second Journey Publications, 2013).

Cooper, Marc and James Selman. The Elder (Woodinville, Washington: Sahalie Press, 2011).

Dass, Ram. Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying (New York: Riverhead Books, 2000).

Davidson, Sara. The December Project (New York: Harper Collins, 2014).

Eberle, Scott. The Final Crossing; Learning To Die In Order to Live (Big Pine, California: Lost Borders Press, 2006).

Foster, Steven and Meredith Little. The Roaring of the Sacred River: The Wilderness Quest for Vision and Self-Healing (New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1989).

Frankel, Bruce. What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life: True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life (New York: Penguin, 2010).

Freed, Rachel .Women’s Lives, Women’s Legacies: Passing Your Beliefs and Blessings to Future Generations (Minneapolis: Fairview Press, 2003).

Freedman, Marc. The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife (New York: PublicAffairs, 2011).

Freedman, Marc. Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life (New York: PublicAffairs, 2008).

Freedman, Marc. Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America (New York: PublicAffairs, 1999).

Goldman, Connie. The Gifts of Caregiving (Fairview Press and University of Minn. Center for Spirituality and Healing, 2015).

Hillman, James. The Force of Character and the Lasting Life (New York: Random House, 1999).

Kaplan, Lily Myers. Two Rare Bird: Stories of Death, Courage and Purpose (Self Published, 2013).

Kelley, Tim. True Purpose: 12 Strategies for Discovering the Difference You are Meant to Make (Berkeley, California: Transcendent Solutions Press, 2009).

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50 (New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2009).

Leider, Richard J. The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010).

Leider, Richard J. Claiming Your Place At the Fire (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004).

Leider, Richard and Webber, Alan. Life Reimagined (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2013).

Lessing, Elizabeth. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow ( New York: Villard Books, 2004).

Levine, Stephen. A Year To Live: How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last (New York: Bell Tower, 1997).

Life Planning Network (50 contributing writers). Live Smart After 50: The Expert’s Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times (Boston: Life Planning Network, 2012).

Markova, Dawna. I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion (San Francisco: Conari Press, 2000).

Newhouse, Meg. Legacies of the Heart (EBook Bakery Books, 2015) Pevny, Ron. Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace and Savor Your Next Chapter (Hillsboro, Oregon: Beyond Words, 2014).

Pinkson, Tom. Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold In the Golden Years (San Anselmo, California: Self Published, 2012).

Plotkin, Bill. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community In a Fragmented World (Novato California: New World Library, 2008).

Richmond, Lewis. Aging As a Spiritual Practice (New York: Gotham Books, 2012).

Rohr, Richard. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011).

Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ronald S. Miller, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older (New York: Warner Books, 1997; new edition released in 2014).

Walsh, Roger. Essential Spirituality: The Seven Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind (New York: Wiley and Sons, 1999).

Weber, Robert and Orsborn, Carol. The Spirituality of Age (Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press, 2015).

Wyatt, Karen M. M.D. What Really Matters: Seven Lessons for Living From the Stories of the Dying (New York: Select Books, 2011).