Sage-ing is the process of harvesting one's wisdom, drawn from life experience, using the art of reflection and spiritual practice.
A three-part program was created and taught by Rabbi Victor Gross, Rabbi Nadya Gross, Lynne Iser, Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, and Bahira Sugarman. They are now being joined by some of the Vatikim / Sage-ing® Mentors who have trained with them, as the program evolves to include online courses that expand upon the work and bring new vision and opportunities to grow as Sages.
The Basic Course Includes:
• Wisdom of the Heart: From Age-ing to Sage-ing®
• Death as Homecoming: Life is the Answer
• Passing on the Legacy; the Mentorship Training
Electives will be added regularly to expand on the Sage-ing® work.
Rabbi Shaya Isenberg is past Chair of the Department of Religion and Emeritus at the University of Florida. He is co-founder and co-director of UF's Center for Spirituality and Health. Rabbi for P'nai Or, Gainesville, he serves on the faculty of the Aleph Rabbinical program and on the faculty of the Aleph Spiritual Direction Program.
Bahira Sugarman, a traditional Reiki Master, is ordained as a spiritual guide and has been celebrated as an Eyshet Hazon (Woman of Vision). Licensed as a clinical social worker, as a marriage and family therapist, and as a massage therapist, she teaches T'ai Chi Chuan and Reiki and combines psychotherapy and healing work in her private practice.
Shaya and Bahira are senior faculty emeritus of the Spiritual Eldering Institute where they designed and implemented its leadership training program.
Lynne Iser is a facilitator, teacher and advocate whose professional passion is to create elder communities designed to add value to our world and culture. She teaches classes and workshops on Spiritual Eldering and Growing Older in Community. She was the co-founder and the first Executive Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute and brings over 30 years experience and a wealth of information to community non-profit organizations.
Rabbi Victor Gross is a congregational Rabbi and Educator. He serves as faculty and Director of Studies in the Aleph Rabbinical Program, and also serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR. Reb Victor is the author of Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Rabbi Nadya Gross has developed a program to train End-Of-Life Doulas, and serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living, Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR, where she was awarded an Honorary Anamcara. Reb Nadya also serves as Mashpi'ah (Spiritual Director) with individuals, couples, and clergy, and is the Director of the ALEPH Hashpa'ah: Training Program for Jewish Spiritual Directors.
Together, Nadya & Victor serve as co-Rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO and co-Directors/Founders of Yerusha.