We are so grateful that you are ready to join us as we work together to change the way society thinks about aging. It’s a mighty big job and we believe that creating a convivium group in your community is an excellent way to get started.
So what is convivium? Simply put it is the pleasure of good food shared in good company. It is a springboard to conversation and, sometimes, action. We believe in convivium because, for more than two decades, we have seen how these very special (and enjoyable) conversations can promote and sustain change within our culture.
Convivium enables people get acquainted in new and meaningful ways. This “knowing” gives us insight into into the huge variety of gifts and talents within small local groups. Changing aging is a big job but we believe that if we start making a di erence one community at a time we will start to see change in the declinist attitude about aging.
We have found that as a group grows together common goals begin to emerge. Those goals show us the way forward. Be creative. The possibilities are endless!
Below are some guidelines for your convivium group. We o er these as a starting point to help you think about your path forward. Please take what serves your community and adapt what doesn’t. The format was developed by elders living with dementia and is quite similar to an Eden Alternative Learning Circle.
The convivium groups are like pebbles into water. We are creating the ripples of change. Please let us know how it goes. We are here as a resource if need be and would love to be the recipient of anecdotes from your time together.
Peace and Love, Jude & Kyrié