A Brief History of the Sage-ing Guild
The Sage-ing Guild grew from a seed planted by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi at a gathering of Sage-ing Leaders in the Fall of 2004. There, Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, or Reb Zalman, as he is known by many, relayed his vision of a professional association that would facilitate cooperation and exchange of ideas between current Sage-ing Leaders as well as provide a structure for the training of future Sage-ing Leaders.
The Sage-ing Guild, founded in November 2004, was preceded by the Spiritual Eldering Institute (SEI), which served as the public face of sage-ing work for nearly two decades. With the 2005 closing of SEI, and the support of Reb Zalman, the Sage-ing Guild picked up where SEI left off, assuming the role of training and certifying new Sage-ing Leaders and serving as a networking and support group for approximately 350 Certified Sage-ing Leaders and Sage-ing Circle Facilitators in North America. In addition, we serve a membership of about 200 other persons who are not Sage-ing Leaders but have an interest in sage-ing philosophy and in learning how to live more vibrantly in the second half of life.
Since its inception the Sage-ing Guild has welcomed scores of new members developed its own training programs and certified Sage-ing Leaders and trained Sage-ing Circle Facilitators in the methods developed by Reb Zalman.
The Sage-ing Guild presented its first national sage-ing conference in 2008. This well attended conference provided educational enrichment to Sage-ing Leaders and interested Elders from across the country and across the world.
This website serves as an important communication tool of the Guild. The electronic Sage-ing Community (ListServ) allows members rapid sharing of information, ideas, questions and comments on sage-ing and sage-ing programs. The Sage-ing Guild continues to explore new uses of technology to spread the tools, techniques and philosophy of sage-ing, Reb Zalman's "profound new vision of growing older."