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Facilitator: Miriam Akhtar
Ageing gets a bad press, portrayed as being downhill all the way, a decline into decrepitude. However, the reality is much more optimistic. Contrary to expectations happiness goes up after fifty rather than down and there are other gains like wisdom. This retreat will show you how to use positive psychology to make the most of life’s third act and sow the seeds of a happy and meaningful later life.
Event time: Fri 21st Jun 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 23rd Jun 2024 at 4:00pm
Just as we need to learn how to grow up, we also need to learn how to grow old. The fear of old age is real and yet research shows that how we feel about our ageing process can have a significant influence on how we experience later life. If we develop a positive mindset, the evidence is clear that we are much more likely to be satisfied with our later life and make the most of what it has to offer us.
Positive Ageing is about the psychology of ageing well and how to nurture emotional wellbeing. It’s easy to be pessimistic with all the negativity about getting older. Ageism is rife but the internalised ageism can be even more harmful. The good news is that negative age beliefs can be resisted and reversed, leading to more positive outcomes.
The Positive Ageing retreat will bust the myths about ageing and equip you to navigate this life stage using positive psychology to feel good and function well after fifty. You’ll discover your strengths, learn how to build your wellbeing and reflect on your meaning in life. For some people that might mean an ‘encore career’ – using your strengths in a way that gives life a fresh meaning. We’ll explore the Ten Steps of Positive Ageing from Guy Robertson’s handbook for personal change in later life. It’s never too early to start ageing positively!
Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.
Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Arrivals from 4pm with afternoon tea. Course starts with dinner at 6:30pm. Please bring a notebook and pen. Some elements will be taught outside so please bring suitable clothing and shoes.
Miriam Akhtar is a positive psychologist and expert in Positive Ageing. She has designed courses to help people build their wellbeing for the transition to later life in partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Miriam also runs Menopause Mindset workshops to help women flourish after fifty. She is the author of The Little Book of Happiness, Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression and What is Post-traumatic Growth.Visit Tutor's Website