What Is Uncharted Journey?

Baby boomers are entering a time for which we may feel unprepared. Sure, we go to seminars about financial planning for retirement or ways to be healthy as we grow older. There’s just not much opportunity to feel and process our psychosocial and spiritual fears, questions, and yearnings. Uncharted Journey provides a space and process for people to discuss and consider the various issues, challenges, and opportunities of growing older.

Aging is a word that many of us are averse to using. But just like my father said, “It’s better than the alternative.”  We do age, if we succeed in continuing to breathe and have our hearts beat. Rather than using descriptions such as “the second half of life” or “retirement” or other euphemisms, Uncharted Journey addresses  the reality that getting older—aging—does bring each person into areas of life for which we feel unprepared, we resent or resist, and yet where we can thrive, grow, and love!  The journey is unknown and we are on a quest to negotiate all the changes that affect us and those we love.

How Uncharted Journey Works

By using discussion, handouts, thought pieces, creative arts, and silence for processing information and internal guidance, groups explore together and as individuals their own issues of loss, letting go, and growth.

Beth can facilitate:

  • Discussions for small groups through Uncharted Journey’s look at loss, letting go, and growth. These can be one time meetings or gatherings over a period of time. For example, you can gather 5-8 people to meet once a week for six weeks for discussion. If you have an idea of how you may like to engage with me on Uncharted Journey, let’s talk and see what’s possible.
  • Retreats of varying lengths and locations. So far, I’ve done a one day retreat and had planned an overnight retreat that was cancelled due to weather.
  • Lunch and learn meetings to introduce Uncharted Journey.


“Finding meaning does not require us to live differently; it requires us to see our lives differently.” 

Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather’s Blessings

“Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

–  Rainer Maria Rilke


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