Creative Aging is a powerful new social and cultural movement that is stirring the imaginations of communities and people everywhere. Often called Sage-ing, it takes many forms: academic, social and personal. It includes festivals, conferences, classes, group sessions and individual creative pursuits. The Journal Sage-ing With Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude was founded by the Okanagan Institute in 2010 to honour the transformational power of creativity. Intended as an initiative for collaboration and sharing, the Journal presents the opportunity for the free exchange of wisdom gleaned from creative engagement. Sage-ing is about seeking - satisfying inner gnawing and transforming it to knowing and action. Aging can be alchemy when one allows the realisation that to Know Thyself and contribute that knowing to our culture is indeed one of life's highest purposes. That knowing brings the gratitude, grace and integrity that a life deserves. The creative journey into self is a strong aid to health and wellbeing for the individual and to our culture. Creative Aging brings together more than 50 essays and galleries of images that showcase the power of the imagination expressed and enjoyed.
Carolyn Cowan is an editor of the Sage-ing with Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude journal. She is also the editor of Creative Aging. She's a student of poetry and likes to paint in herspare time. She's a regular volunteer with Hospice House in Kelowna. Although Carolyn lived abroad and in Toronto for many years, the West with its prairies and mountains are in her bones. She's a daughter of the West.
Karen Close is an editor of the online journal Sage-ing with Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude. She is a painter and author of two books. Unfinished Women: Seeds From My Friendship With Reva Brooks chronicles Close's friendship with aging Canadian photographer Reva Brooks. Spirit of Kelowna: A Celebration of Art and Community profiles a community art project. Teaching English and Visual Arts for 27 years gave Karen a deep appreciation for the healing benefits of creative expression. Retirement in 1995 gave her the opportunity to meet vibrant senior Canadian artists and to hear their stories. She resolved to share her discoveries, to advocate for the arts in healthcare, and to seek others whose experiences are testimony to how creative expression is a path to self actualization. In 2005, Karen presented at the international conference of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Edmonton, Alberta, and in 2006 at the Canadian Society for Education through Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The benefits of her heART Fit classes in spontaneous process painting, initiated in 2008, have been profiled on CBC radio. In 2011 Karen created the online journal Sage-ing with Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude www.sageing.ca to expand awareness of creative aging.