Contemplative Aging Cenobium

What is a Contemplative Aging Cenobium?

A Contemplative Aging Cenobium is a group of people who have participated in a four day retreat to provide a deeper understanding of “Contemplative Aging.” They are committed to making their own aging more contemplative and gather for a day each month to support one another in this endeavor. They electronically continue their conversations between gatherings. The term cenobium refers to the place where monks who live in community (cenobites), rather than as hermits, live and practice the monastic discipline.

For more information contact: Fr. Guerric Heckel, ocso at

Contemplative Aging Retreats

Next Contemplative Aging Retreats:
June 7 – 10, 2013 and October 4 – 7, 2013
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Mepkin Abbey Lecture Series

“Discerning the Call of the Second Half of Life”
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Recommended Reading:

  • Aging as Natural Monastery By Jane Marie Thibault
  • A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life by Jane Marie Thibault
  • Pilgrimage Into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault (coming in September)
  • No Act of Love is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for persons with Dementia by Jane Marie Thibault
  • Contemplative Aging: A Way of Being in Later Life by Edward Sherman
  • From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller
  • Gerotranscendence by Lars Tornstam