53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Event:THIS EVENT IS FULL **ON-SITE ** Aging with Grace - special day program
Date:October 22nd, 2022.


Aging with Grace

Saturday, October 22, 2022. 9:30am - 3:00pm. 

Facilitated by Jo Ann Bourquard, Carolyn Jacobs, and The Rt. Reverend Gordon Scruton

Cost: $65, includes lunch


Behold, I make all things new… even aging.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to reconceptualize the idea of aging, embrace the full expression of your gift of years, deepen everyday conscious living, learn how to remain present through life’s challenges, and honor your relationships with family, friends, community and Earth.

"Show me wisdom in my inner being."-Psalm 51:6

There is deep spiritual meaning and new practices available to you in your later years. You will gain an awareness of how to live each moment with intention, connection, self-care and loving awareness, and embrace pathways for new forms of prayer.  Perhaps you’ll find new ways to think about aging.

“Then there is not old age at all, but only “constantly renewed immediacy” that feels much better than youth ever did… all is re-membered, re-gathered, and re-loved. Such elders are already home and forever young. So strange, however, that you have to be old to be young.” ~ Richard Rohr


Facilitated by Jo Ann Bourquard, Carolyn Jacobs, and The Rt. Reverend Gordon Scruton

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JoAnn Bourquard is a seasoned spiritual director who believes that spiritual companioning is a means of healing the soul and, ultimately, the world.  She holds the belief that “an unreflected life is not worth living” and that sharing our life story with one who is trained to listen deeply is a path toward personal growth and connection with the Divine.
JoAnn is a retreat director and workshop facilitator. She has a particular interest in journaling and using literature as a means of awakening the soul. With a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and a certificate in Women’s Leadership, JoAnn is a Supervisor to those in formation to become spiritual directors and trains other supervisors. She especially connects with nature as a way into deeper contemplation and joy. She is also experienced in teaching the Enneagram.
JoAnn presents a range of programs throughout the Northeast and is involved in the spiritual discernment process with individuals and groups in transition. She accompanies people of all faiths, including those seeking but not identifying with a particular tradition. She has accompanied men and women with serious illnesses, those who are dying, and people dealing with grief and loss of all types.


Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, Ph.D. is Dean Emerita and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor Emerita of the Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Jacobs was a member of the School’s faculty for 35 years, serving as the dean14 of those years, as well as director of “Contemplative Clinical Practice: An Advanced Certificate Program in Spirituality and Social Work Practice for seven years. In 2001 she was elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished social work practitioner. Since 2018 she has been a faculty member for George Washington’s Institute for Spirituality and Health programs on Interprofessional Spiritual Care Train -the Trainer Education Curriculum and retreats on the Art of Presence for health care professions. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of compassionate self-care for health care professionals. From June 2015 to November 2015 she served as Interim President of the Mind and Life Institute.

Among many volunteer responsibilities, she has served as an external reviewer for social work programs in Hong Kong (2009-2013, 2015), on the Advisory Council for Health, Fetzer Institute (2011-2013), the Contemplative Mind in Society Board (chair 2010-2011, member until 2015) and on the board of Naropa University from 2011-2020. She is currently on the boards of Elms College (2020-) and the Mind & Life Institute (2012-).

Jacobs received her BA from Sacramento State University, her MSW from San Diego State University, her doctorate from the Heller School of Brandeis University, and her training as a spiritual director from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She maintains a spiritual direction practice and is committed to creating spaces for health care providers to discover the rich resources of contemplative practices from many wisdom traditions in developing resilience for self and others.


In “active-retirement,” Gordon Scruton finds joy and fulfillment serving as a spiritual director for clergy and laity and as a leader of retreats. He enjoys praying as a way of life, hiking, walking, and kayaking in God’s creation, Tai Chi, and music. He delights in supporting his wife, children and grandchildren, reading and writing, and being the grounds keeper around his home in Wethersfield, CT. 

Gordon is a Companion of the Society of St. Francis and assists at his local parish, having served as an Episcopal priest since 1971 and as 8th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts from 1996-2012. For several years he led partnerships with the Diocese Western Massachusetts and both the Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana and the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia), and he remains active in Ecumenical and Interfaith relationships.

"The greatest challenge of the day is to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each of us."
- Dorothy Day