ENROLL

Upcoming Programs

Our program is designed to develop empathy and social-emotional skills, while enhancing interviewing, listening, writing, conversation, and public speaking skills. Our program is designed to offer the “space” to experience the “art” of conversation, resulting in an authentic connection.


2022-2023 Online Program Dates

Our free Zoom programs run 3 times a year – during the Fall, Winter and Spring Semesters. Each 8-week session meets once a week for one hour. 

  • Fall:  Week of September 19-November 7, 2022
  • Winter: Week of January 23- March 13, 2023
  • Spring: Week of April 17-May 29, 2023 (7 weeks)

Online Fall Schedule

Enrollment is now open for our fall sessions. Enrolling in one of our online programs requires that you commit to being present for ALL the weekly meetings because you will be paired one-on-one with someone from another generation. If you are absent, they have no partner! The deadline to apply for the fall session is September 5, 2022.  Here you can find the dates and times that our Zoom sessions are offered: 

  • Monday: 3:30, 5:00 pst
  • Tuesday: 3:30, 5:00 pst
  • Wednesday: 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 pst
  • Thursday: 3:30, 5:00 pst
We will also be offering in-person sessions at several schools in the Los Angeles area.  If you are interested in attending an in-person program, please contact our Program Director, Rachel Shader, at rachel@sagesandseekers.org

How to Enroll

You will see links below to apply as a Sage or a Seeker for our Zoom program. Please note there are different forms for Sages (Adults 60+) and Seekers (Students).  There are also different forms for new participants and those who have participated in our 8-week program previously.  Please click the appropriate button and fill out the google form.  This form allows you to select a program day and time that works for you.  You will receive a confirmation email letting you know if you are accepted into the session you requested or if you are waitlisted if it’s full.

SAGES ENROLLMENT

This 8-week program is an opportunity to share your life experience with an interested listener. This forum engages participants in a thoughtful examination of how life is lived and how personal challenges are overcome.  By sharing your story, students develop a greater appreciation of the elderly and their legacies.  Both generations discover commonalities and shatter stereotypes you have of one another.  

Why participate in Sages & Seekers?

  • Feel connected to a supportive community
  • Help diminish ageism
  • Socialize weekly with others
  • Forge meaningful relationships
  • Feel a reinstated sense of relevance
  • Transfer knowledge, life lessons and values to the next generation

Join us for our 8-week program on Zoom! Don’t worry– if you are not tech savvy, we can help you get set up.  All you need is to be over 60 years old, have a good tablet or computer, a reliable WiFi connection, and a positive attitude. 

Click on a button below to apply for the fall session on Zoom.  If you want to learn more about the program before you apply, the video below will tell you more about what to expect.

We are excited to have you join us!

SEEKERS ENROLLMENT

Do you enjoy speaking with people in other generations? Do you plan to pursue a career working with older people?  Do you have a community service requirement in order to graduate?  Are you looking for a new experience that will inspire you?  Are you looking for someone to talk to who will listen and not judge what you say?  

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Sages & Seekers is the right program for you.  We are different from other programs where you may be paired with an older person.  We are NOT a mentoring program.  Yes, you will learn things from your Sage and they may provide you with advice you can use throughout your life, but you have as much wisdom to share with them as they do with you. 

We have many different days and times to choose from for our Zoom sessions.  Click on the link below to see the schedule and apply. 

SEEKER TRIBUTE: andie & Valen's friendship

Sages & Seekers has launched many long-lasting friendships that have transcended age and geographic boundaries.  Valen and Andie’s friendship exemplifies the power of the Sages & Seekers program, demonstrating that two generations, decades (and continents!) apart can find commonality and develop a meaningful relationship.  

Valen, a student in Argentina, was told about Sages & Seekers from her friend in Bogota, Colombia.  Andie, who lives in New York City, had done Sages & Seekers prior to meeting Valen. Andie decided to do the program again, and she and Valen immediately connected when they were paired together in Fall 2021.   They bonded over Argentinian boyfriends, laughed at each other’s silly stories, and discussed deeper life lessons like persevering through hardships.  After the 8-week program ended, Valen and Andie decided to do Sages & Seekers online program again together.  They have now done the program 3 times as partners!  They keep in touch regularly outside of Sages & Seekers, and Andie has even met Valentina’s family on Zoom.  

This is one of the tributes that Valen wrote for Andie after one of their 8-week Sages & Seekers programs:

Dear Andie,

I can’t believe the time has come to say goodbye to our Wednesday conversations. When I first enrolled in this course I had no clue what to expect, being paired with you has been everything I could have expected and more. I feel as though I’ve known you my entire life yet I wish I could hear more about all your experiences with your Argentine boyfriends and the impressive life that you chose to live even through the hard times. You have made my Wednesdays with our long conversations (that never seem to be long enough) and your inspiring personality that has taught me the importance of taking charge of your life even when things don’t go your way. I am so grateful for the time we spent together, these past few weeks have been nothing but uplifting and enlightening. You have helped me figure out my way through day to day situations through your gracious and empathetic advice. I have tried summarizing how welcoming and sincere our conversations have been by writing it all down on my journal but somehow I cant seem to truly capture all of our time together in words. I loved that sometimes we could talk about something as silly as a weird dream or as meaningful as our views on life. You are a beautiful person Andie and I mean that in every way. At the beginning of this course, Patti said something that really stood out to me. She told us to go into our conversations ready to, “listen to hear and not to respond.” I want to thank you for listening but most of all, understanding. For always offering your thoughts with kindness and wisdom. If there is one thing I could hope for, it would be to get more time with you to hear more about you and your experiences. I know that whoever has the opportunity to meet you and get to know you is privileged to get this chance. There is so much more I want to ask and know about you that it’s almost unfair that we don’t have more time. I feel that I haven’t gotten the chance to tell you how incredibly wonderful you have made this experience to be. And how worthwhile you made every single one of our conversations. Although this tribute can’t even begin to express how much I have appreciated our time together, I want you to know how meaningful this experience has been. Andie, I hope you continue to go through life with your remarkable resilience and your wonderful personality. I hope we keep in touch after this and I hope you remember to view vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness.

Thank you Andie. 

With lots of love, Valen