The Road to What’s Next It’s been said that every journey begins with a single step, and this day starts with author Catherine Watson sharing a candid, richly detailed story about how her own encore transition began. It’s a tale of trials and triumphs but more, of realizations and how Watson explored that surprising terrain through personal narrative, a practice she insists helped her to make sense of the past and navigate the inevitable challenges that were to come. After hearing her story, she’ll get you thinking (and writing) about your own transition journey, whether you’ve been traveling awhile or are just setting out on the road to what’s next.
Encore Transition/Encore Life What do we mean when we use the term “encore transition?” What is it and what constitutes an “encore life?” To start, it’s a new stage of life—one that didn’t exist before today’s longevity revolution. Deliberate planning from one stage to the next allows you to tailor your “new” life to your personal circumstances, goals, and talents. In this session, you’ll explore the significant but often overlooked considerations that can make the difference between a transition that falters or fails to inspire, and a transition that is possible, energizing, and meaningful.
Internal Compass: Identifying Values, Talents, and Priorities Over the course of our lives we develop many skills, some that we enjoy using and others that are simply necessary for a certain task or professional responsibility. Similarly, our core values tend to develop and change over time or in tandem with our life circumstance. What if you could use your favored skills and talents in ways that are personally and socially significant? How might this align with your current values? In this session, you’ll explore ways to translate your prized talents into meaningful activities that reflect both your values and your priorities.
The Brain: Engine of Desire We all know that there are life skills that provide a foundation for a healthy tomorrow (exercise, eating right, money management, etc.), but did you know there are core brain traits that can help to transform that tomorrow into one that is more youthful, meaning-filled, and purpose-driven? While your mind acquires habits, opinions, and preferences, your brain remains neutral, ready and able to carry you in whatever direction you choose, be it thoughtfully or unwittingly. In this session, you’ll draw on cutting-edge science and timeless wisdom as a means to unlock your curiosity, flexibility, and capacity for “fearless realism,” all of which can help guide your most authentic future.
This course is part of a series. Take all four courses ($475) or individual courses ($140). Tuition includes meals. No discounts. To learn more, visit Encore Transitions: The Series.
Dr. David Alter, PhD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; BA, University of Minnesota, is a psychologist with 30 years of experience in health psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical hypnosis. A sought-after speaker, teacher, and trainer, he is cofounder of Partners in Healing, a Minneapolis-based center for holistic health. Alter is coauthor, with Dr. Henry Emmons, of Staying Sharp: 9 Keys to a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom (Touchstone, 2015).
Barbara Hoese, MBC, University of St. Thomas; CPCC, Coaches Training Institute, is a certified life and executive coach and president of Pentecore Coaching. She has given presentations for organizations such as the University of Minnesota, the American Academy of Neurology, TCF Bank, and Medtronic, and led workshops for the Community Makeover Project in conjunction with Blue Zones and AARP.
Bill Lindberg, JD, University of Minnesota, is an executive coach and consultant who is president of The Ash Grove Group and a volunteer member of the Executive Council of AARP Minnesota. Lindberg received his coach training at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and is recognized by the International Coach Federation as a Master Certified Coach.
Catherine Watson, MA, University of St. Thomas; BA, University of Minnesota, is the recipient of the College of Continuing Education’s Distinguished Educator Award. She is the former travel editor of the Star Tribune and a recipient of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist and Photographer of the Year distinctions. Watson’s most recent book is Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (Syren, 2007).