Calendar

Sep
25
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Sep
27
Thu
City Council Candidate Forum – Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition @ Burlingame Hall
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition for a candidate forum on advancing climate change solutions within the City of Sonoma.

Cities produce approximately 75% of global CO2 emissions, and therefore must be an integral part of the solution.

While the City of Sonoma cannot single-handedly address the growing threat of climate change, the urgency of this problem necessitates doing all we can.

Flyer-jpgDownload this flyer as a .PDF >>

Oct
8
Mon
Wilder Than Wild (film) @ Sebastiani Theatre
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

An absolutely wonderful production. The messages in this film are spot on.” – Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire Director

Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future reveals how fire
suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and
wildland-urban landscapes to large, high severity wildfires, while
greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global
warming.

6:00 p.m. Light Refreshments and Wine
7:00 p.m. Wilder than Wild Film Screening
8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

On the one-year anniversary of last year’s Tubbs, Nuns Canyon, and Partrick fires that devastated Sonoma Valley, this is a community event NOT to be missed.  Sure to sell out, advance online reservations are highly recommended.

Following rave reviews at the film’s Sonoma International Film Festival premier, the Sonoma Ecology Center and Transition Sonoma Valley agreed it was important to schedule a repeat screening here in the Valley.

This powerful film reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. This vicious cycle jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas.

There is much at stake. Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk. “We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them to be a contributor to the problem of global warming,” says Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. According to fire historian Stephen Pyne, “Forests should be renewable, but with climate change and all the other problems going with it, we could see a large-scale conversion of forest – the equivalent of clearing it.”

Highlighting these issues with personal experience, filmmaker Kevin White takes us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013, which burned 257,000 acres in the central Sierra, to the wine country wildfires of 2017, which destroyed 9,000 buildings and killed 44 people. Along the way, we learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, we see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.

Coffey Park .jpeg

The Fires of the Future

Wildfires that cover at least 100,000 acres, burning a larger proportion of the land at high intensity than do normal wildfires, are known as megafires, and they’re increasing in frequency.

Before 1995, on average, less than one megafire per year ignited in the United States. The decade between 2005 and 2014 averaged 9.8 megafires each year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Of the largest wildfires in the continental United States during the last hundred years, more than 80% have occurred since the year 2000. Megafires are baked in to our future.

This extraordinary increase in the size, frequency and severity of wildfires has caused unprecedented suppression costs, destruction of properties, natural resource damage, and in some cases, loss of life.

“High impact mega-fires,” wrote Jerry Williams in Forest Ecology and Management, “are frustrating efforts to provide for public safety, slow rates of deforestation, sequester carbon and reduce black carbon emissions.”

Some scientists predict that by mid-century, stand-destroying megafires will turn many forests into net emitters of carbon. Already, says Mary Nichols, the chair of California’s Air Resources Board, “Forests globally are as big a source of greenhouse gas emissions as transportation worldwide. We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them to be a contributor to the problem of global warming.”

Learn More About This Film >>

A “Fire Recovery Walk” at Sugarloaf is also scheduled for the morning of October 8.

Oct
23
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Nov
27
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Dec
25
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Jan
22
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Feb
26
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Mar
26
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Apr
23
Tue
Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Networking for Resilience