The Summit was introduced and chaired by Marjorie Woollacott and David Lorimer, the editors of Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences, just published by the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS). The book contains fifty-seven contributions divided into seven sections.
There is a big difference between simply becoming old and aging consciously – ageing with intent. This interactive day event will provide a space to reflect on what it means to become a conscious elder at a time when we can expect more years of what Mary Catherine Bateson calls ‘Adulthood 2’ characterised by ‘active wisdom’. We may well undergo turning points in our sense of identity, relationships and generativity or contribution. Elders have a great deal to offer, perhaps from a wider and wiser viewpoint; and, as Jung maintained, we need to acquire a spiritual outlook on life in order finally to be able to affirm our lives, our transformation in death and the love we have shared with significant others. We invite you to come and share your own insights.