Practical Tools for Growing #Elder, Not Older

Practical Tools for Growing Elder, Not Older with Ron Pevny and Katia Petersen

As we approach the later chapters of our lives, we have choices that make a big difference in our experience of life, as well as a big difference in the world around us. Join us as we explore a plethora of practical tools and daily practices to grow “Elder” with unique passion, a strong sense of purpose and continued healthy development.

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Katia Petersen PhD is currently the President of Petersen Argo Inc. a Transformational Education company, and brings decades of experience as a psychotherapist, educator, author, and Emmy award recipient for outstanding educational programming. She is known for her remarkable ability to touch and open the hearts of individuals in dynamic and healing ways, and is in demand as a motivational speaker, master trainer and coach.

As Executive Director of Education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, she led her team in the translation, design, and delivery of evidence-based methodologies that build leadership and self-efficacy skills. Her experiential work, including the Worldview Explorations and Conscious Aging programs, are designed to shift one’s perspective on life, creating new possibilities for how we interact with one another and the world around us, while re-igniting our sense of purpose and meaning.

Dr. Petersen’s work focuses on systems change, collaborative processing, power of story, and transformation. An experienced dialogue practitioner, she draws upon a wide range of emergent processes that support effective group work including: World Cafe, Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry and Social Emotional Wellness.

Katia’s passion resides in creating safe and effective spaces for individuals and groups to recognize and increase their capacity to create change.


Ron Pevny, M.A., has for forty years been dedicated to assisting people in negotiating life transitions as they create lives of purpose and passion. He is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, which presents Conscious Eldering workshops and weeklong retreats at retreat centers across North America. He is author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: embrace and savor your next chapter, published in 2014 by Beyond Words/Atria Books. Ron is also a Certified Sage-ing® Leader, and has served as the host/interviewer for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Transforming Aging Summits presented by The Shift Network.

The “Why” that Fuels My Passion

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This morning I rinsed my blueberry-green-smoothie container out in the sink.  Like always, the bright red-purple residue turned a deep navy blue when the water hit it. Why? Why do blueberries always do that?

“Why?” has been a perennial question of mine since I was a child. I would always engage in dialog with spirit, asking very serious and deep questions. At eleven years of age I was asking, “God, why do we have so many religions? Why are we so different and complex? Why do we treat others the way we do? Why can’t everyone see the world as beautiful? Why can’t we all get along?” As I matured, my questions evolved, as did the answers I received. My infinite quest to understand the universe and answer the why is as infinite as the universe itself.

Why is a very important question. It is at the source of everything we do. Why is more important than the who, what, when, and where.  Why taps into values, creates motivation, aligns intention, and directs conscious choice.  The Why of conscious choice fuels our actions, relationships, communications, vocation, joy and meaning in life. If we’re not asking and answering the Why, we likely are on autopilot, cruising through life mindlessly without activating our highest potential and the true essence of our nature.

The Why that fuels my passion lies in the process of insight and discovery. As a young mystic that woke after near death experience at the age of four, I experienced an expanded sense of knowing and a different way of seeing the world. I became a young pioneer explorer, determined to find, or create, a bridge to connect the dimensions. Why can’t everyone on earth experience the spirit realm like I did? Why don’t we all develop intimate connection, authentic expression, healing compassion, and clear guidance and intuition? If we could see through the lens of our Soul, instead of our fragmented ego, we might actualize peace, experience our wholeness, and discover heaven on earth. Instead, we have been trapped in boxes of fear and separation, perpetuating faulty beliefs, and searching outside of ourselves to be fixed, filled and happy.  Well, no more.  We are waking to the path of love and igniting our hearts in sacred communion.

That’s my Why.

My Why is a passion is to assist others to discover their peace and wholeness; to remember their guidance and intuition; to develop their co-creative power and unique, individual genius. My Why is to use my visionary gifts, training, creativity and experience to co-mentor others to see the world through the lens of the soul; to experience themselves as fully connected and whole. My Why is to generously share what has been given to me, express the soul in every moment, and serve the greater good of the whole. Whether I’m serving individuals, groups or audiences to bring spirit and consciousness to life, I am serving the whole.  Herein lies my joy and fullest expression.

What is your Why? Are you expressing what is at the core of your essential self? Does your Why wake you up every morning and fuel your day with passion? If not, it may be time to ask, “Why?”