Hagitude Membership

Reimagining the Second Half of Life
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Our old women are the dark heart of the forest, the stone womb of the mountain, immanent in the living land itself. They’re elemental beings: storm-hags, fire-keepers, grandmothers of the sea.

They show us how to live when everything we thought mattered to us has been stripped away; they teach us how to stay rooted in the face of inevitable death. They teach us how to stand firm in the face of all the culture’s bullshit, and laugh.

you don’t mess with a witch

A Woman’s Journey from Menopause through Elderhood

Join me in bringing together a vibrant and diverse tribe of women to explore the ways in which we can flourish during what is so often portrayed as a time of decline. How can we prepare ourselves for yet another searing transformation, and move into the second half of life with a new sense of vitality, creativity and vision? This yearlong program offers the opportunity to learn together (with and from each other), to create together, and ultimately, to become together.

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How can we find continued growth, meaning and authenticity in the second half of life?

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How might we work with the stories of the little-known but powerful elder women in myth and folklore – both to inspire us to create new stories of our own, and to reimagine our journey to and through elderhood?

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How can we uncover, and embrace, our own unique, archetypal Inner Hag?

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How do we fully and finally embody the unique gift which each of us brings to this world, at this time?

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How can women elders pass down their deep feminine wisdom for the benefit of the wider Earth community, in these ever-more challenging times?

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How do we become – and help others to become – good elders and good ancestors?

Why Join?

If you’re standing on the threshold of menopause and looking for support to navigate this intense and transformative alchemical journey, this program is for you.

If you’re already on the road to elderhood, this program offers you a chance to explore your continuing journey more deeply, and also to pass some of that hard-earned elder wisdom down to others.

If you’re a younger woman who’d like to spend some time in the presence of elders, and help us develop the resources you need for the journey to come, then of course you’re very welcome too.

We welcome all those who identify as women, or who identify as queer or nonbinary, and look forward to incorporating the richness of your experience and insights into this program.

This program is far from a passive learning experience: it’s a rich, creative and mythopoetic immersion into meaning-making with a community of likeminded others. Above all, together we’ll create the rituals and resources needed to inspire an elder-woman revolution in this challenged and challenging world which needs us more than ever.

At the end of this structured yearlong program, you’ll be invited to continue the journey with us, in community, for a monthly fee.

inside the membership

What you’ll receive

On the first day of each month, from October 2022 onwards, you’ll be sent an email informing you that your monthly module page is open. During the course of each month, you’ll then receive the following:

Your monthly invitation

A workbook laying out our theme for the month.

Prompts and reflections

An email from Sharon with prompts for reflection, creative expression and sharing, related to the subject of our discussions this month.

The community forum

The community forum – our virtual House of Elders, available both on this website and via an app – will be there for focused discussions around each monthly subject area, as well as for informal discussions and networking with other members.

inside the membership

What you’ll receive

On the first day of each month, from October 2022 onwards, you’ll be sent an email informing you that your monthly module page is open. During the course of each month, you’ll then receive the following:

Your monthly webinar

A live 60-minute Zoom teaching/discussion session with Sharon.

Prompts and Reflections

An email from Sharon with prompts for reflection, creative expression and sharing, related to the subject of our discussions this month.

Monthly sharing circles

Open sharing circles via Zoom, hosted by team members Angharad Wynne or Martine Steen; dream circles hosted by Katharine Donovan Kane.

The community forum

The community forum – our virtual House of Elders, available both on this website and via an app – will be there for focused discussions around each monthly subject area, as well as for informal discussions and networking with other members.

Guest teachers

At regular intervals through the year, there will be live talks, discussions and workshops with guest teachers.

month by month

Subject areas

1. Introductory circle – What is hagitude?

– What does it mean, to be elder, and why do women elders matter?
– Exploring the archetypes of elderhood

2. Menopause: standing on the threshold

– Menopause as an initiation into a new phase of life
– What wisdom do we need to navigate this transition?
– How do we make space for it?
– What rituals and resources can we create to mark and ease the passage?
– How do we pass on what we’ve learned to women approaching menopause?

3. The House of Elders

– What wisdom do we need to navigate this new phase of life?
– How do we make space for it?
– What rituals and resources can we create to mark and ease the passage?
– How do we pass on what we’ve learned to women who are just embarking on this journey?

4. Individuation: the work of the second half of life

– What is individuation, and how do we do it?
– Erik Erikson’s ‘Stages of Life’
– How can we orient ourselves to the changing landscape of our inner life, as we age?
– Identifying and letting go of outworn roles and stories
– Meeting the Shadow

5. Mythopoesis

– Personal mythmaking: uncovering, and working with, the story of your life
– The stories that hold us back
– The Postheroic Journey from menopause through elderhood

6. Your Inner Hag

– A deep dive into personal archetypes
– Gathering your Council of Elders

7. Gathering the stories

– What myths and stories can we find to illuminate our path into elderhood?
– How do we pass the stories on?
– Becoming a wisdom-keeper, a story-tender, a story-teller

8. Spiritual eldering

– The holy longing
– Uncovering our spiritual authenticity and authority
– What is our ‘native’ spiritual lineage?
– How do we reimagine old traditions for a new world?
– Developing the practices and passing them on

9. Becoming a good ancestor

– Exploring the Motherline
– Identifying and creating your legacy
– What is it that you want to pass on, and how will you do it?
– How do we help others to become good ancestors, and what resources do we need to do it?

10. Sacred activism

– How do we mine our deep feminine wisdom for the benefit of the wider Earth community, in these ever-more challenging times?
– The many different faces of activism

11. The Valley of the Shadow of Death

– Staying present in the face of our own mortality, and that of others
– Befriending Death
– Illness as a portal to enhanced inner vision
– Rituals and resources

12. Closing circle

– Developing, sharing and committing to our plans for the future

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The Hagitude Team

Dr Sharon Blackie

PROGRAM LEAD

Angharad Wynne

CO-CONSPIRATOR

Martine Steen

SHARING CIRCLE HOST

Ruthie Kølle

HEDGE-ANGEL & ADMIN HELP

Katharine Donovan Kane

DREAM CIRCLES & MENTORING

enrol from 1st July 2022

How to join

This program is priced at £260 for the full year – just £5 per week. It begins on 1 October 2022 and ends on 30 September 2023. You can pay all at once or, until 1 August only, you have the option to pay in four monthly instalments of £65 each. You’ll have access to the website and your material after the program ends, for the lifetime of this website.

If you are interested in working more deeply with these issues and would enjoy some support or mentoring, we hope also to offer the opportunity to join a limited number of small groups for an additional fee, to meet regularly throughout the yearlong program in sessions facilitated by the team. More details will be announced when registration opens in July.

At the end of the yearlong program, participants will be invited to continue the journey with us, in community, for a small monthly fee.

Please sign up to my newsletter below to receive a reminder when membership opens on 1st July.