• July 22, 2023
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Urban Adamah
    1151 Sixth Street
    Berkeley, CA 94710
Add to Calendar 07/22/2023 10:00 am 07/22/2023 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Exploring Aging as a Spiritual Practice Join CIIS faculty Anna I. Corwin and Annette Williams for a transformative in-person workshop on aging as a spiritual practice at Urban Adamah Farm, a beautiful oasis nestled within Berkeley, California. Urban Adamah
1151 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
false MM/DD/YYYY


Regular Registration: $120–$180
Member Registration: $96–$144
(Learn how to become a Member)


  • This workshop is being hosted in-person only and will not be recorded to maintain the privacy of all attendees. 
  • More information about how to prepare will be sent to registrants in advance, but we encourage you to email publicprograms@ciis.edu if you have questions. 

If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu at least one week prior to the event. For more information, explore our Accessibility web page. 

In our youth-obsessed society, aging has gotten a bad rap. Indeed, getting older can bring challenges as well as losses. However, if we focus only on maintaining or glorifying youth, we miss some of the best parts of growing older. Not only is there robust evidence that individuals become happier as they grow older, aging also offers a powerful opportunity for spiritual growth throughout all stages of life.  

Aging is one of the most potent somatic and symbolic tools we have for deepening our relationship with ourselves and divinity. As we move through the years, our bodies and minds transform, and we are afforded an opportunity to experience the world from different positionalities. 

Join CIIS faculty Anna I. Corwin and Annette Williams for a transformative in-person workshop at Urban Adamah Farm, a beautiful oasis nestled within Berkeley, California. This workshop is for anyone of any age seeking to develop reflective and active practices to age with intention, community, and joy. Dr. Corwin—an aging and well-being expert—and Dr. Williams—an expert in spiritual power and agency initiated in the Yorùbá Ifá tradition—offer a unique workshop integrating ritual, learning, and reflection.  

In this workshop participants engage in guided visualizations, exercises to promote well-being, reflective journaling, and sharing in community. Participants are introduced to some of the science behind happiness and fulfillment in midlife and beyond. Leave with tools to integrate into your daily life to help foster acceptance, well-being, and the sacred into the process of living and growing older. Discover tools to shift from denial to acceptance, learn how to approach pain as an opportunity for spiritual deepening, and gain knowledge of how to create ritual practices to embrace aging as a spiritual tool.  

Wherever you are in your life journey—whether you’re considering retirement, caring for an adult parent, or are just becoming a parent yourself—Dr. Corwin and Dr. Williams invite you to join them for a day of relaxation and exploration within the tranquil garden setting of Urban Adamah.

Anna Corwin is a color portrait made into a circle. Dr. Corwin is a white woman who is smiling.
Dr. Anna I. Corwin is the author of Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well as well as a number of peer-reviewed publications. She received her PhD from UCLA and is a recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation and The National Endowment for the Humanities for her research. An Associate Professor in Women’s Spirituality and Anthropology at CIIS, Dr. Corwin has spent the last fourteen years researching how everyday practices shape individuals’ experiences of well-being as we age.

Annette Williams color portrait made into a circle. Annette is a Black woman wearing a patterned head wrap and is smiling.

Dr. Annette Williams
is Associate Professor and Chair of the Women’s Spirituality department at CIIS.  She holds a doctorate in Philosophy and Religion with a specialization in Women’s Spirituality. A primary research interest is women’s spiritual power and agency within the Yorùbá Ifá tradition. Among others, she has authored “The Divine Feminine in Yoruba Cosmology” found in Goddesses in Myth, History, and Culture, and “Wisdom of the Primordial Feminine, Wisdom of Women: Odù Ifá and Yoruba Religious Tradition” in Philo-Sophia: Wisdom Goddess Traditions, edited by Debashish Banerji and Robert McDermott.   

About Urban Adamah

Urban Adamah Farm seen from above.

About Urban Adamah

Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, mindfulness, sustainable agriculture, and social action to build loving, just, and sustainable communities. They provide training programs, educational workshops, and community celebrations for more than 15,000 visitors annually. Explore Urban Adamah’s website.

Subscribe to the Public Programs Newsletter

Stay Connected to CIIS