Beautiful Minds: Gaea Yudron

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“Old has a purpose; Old knows how to make things flourish; Old knows what a gift it is to nourish.” These lyrics come from A New Wrinkle, Gaea Yudron’s musical revue on aging.  Besides writing a musical, Gaea is a champion of social causes. Her childhood love of whales was manifested when she moved to Bolinas, California (Bolinas means whale in Portuguese). There, she met a woman who started Project Jonah, a save the whale initiative, leading to Gaea’s first venture into social awareness campaigns. Gaea became the first Westerner to visit Japan as a spokesman for the save the whales initiative in the 1970’s. Her desire to save the whales later transformed into a passion for changing society’s views on older adults. Her inner work on aging began writing her memoir at the age of 55. Fifteen years later, her memoir is still a work in progress but she has a lot of life left to live and record.

An interesting chapter (or two or three) may include her current project, her musical. Gaea “feels very passionate about the need for a new vibrant, more life affirming view on aging in our society.” Her musical focuses on topics relevant to society’s view on older adults such as a fear of aging and the attempt to stay young through plastic surgery. Gaea hopes her musical will inspire people to recognize the creative potential and the hidden pleasure of aging. A musical was a natural medium for Gaea to portray her intense ideas especially since many of them are considered provocative and irreverent. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of getting older, Gaea wants her work inspires others to welcome aging, and recognize what a potent and pioneering time of life it is.

A New Wrinkle is also part of Gaea’s work as the director of Sage’s Play located in Ashland, OR. Gaea began Sage’s Play in 2008 to promote pro-aging awareness through programs that support creative aging, wellness and spirit.

When asked what advice she would give to those older adults who are not involved in creative aging, she advised to open up, remember and day dream about experiences you had as a child. To remember days that were full of wonder and exploration, where you were never afraid of making mistakes. Take those feelings and find what you are drawn to. Creativity can take so many different forms, but use this time of your life for self-discovery and find what you enjoy. “The process of aging brings people many challenges. One of the beautiful parts of aging is rising to those challenges using all of one’s accumulated life experience.”

Ms. Yudron is a playwright, poet, healing arts practitioner, performing artist and author of a best-selling book. For more information on Ms. Yudron or Sage's Play visit http://sagesplay.com/ .

 

Written by Rachel Black, Communications Associate.

Comments

Thanks for posting Gaea, I look foward to our meeting.

Congratulations, Gaea!  I admire your creativity, persistence, and ZEST FOR LIFE! that flows through all you endeavors.  This work is critically needed and I wish you well as you continue to bring it forth.  Be well and THRIVE!!

Louise, Thank you for your comment and your support of my work with A New Wrinkle and Sage's Play. Indeed zest for life is the fragrant spice of life, without which things may be a bit too bland.

It's awesome to go to see this website and reading the views
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Gaea, You are an exciting role model because you have not forgotten how to play!  So often aging discussions are serious expositions dissecting the process of aging decade by decade. Statistics analyzing the prevalence of diseases; careful studies examining the styles and types of caregiving; discussions of end of life issues, blind us to the intensity of living that comes with age.  The excitement of each challenge and our success at meeting them and exploring our own brand of solution is true Sage's Play.As an Age-ng to Sage-ing Seminar Leader I find that each participant develops his or her own new wrinkle as they redefine aging to fit their own personal vision.  We elders are crossing into a new land of human development that extended aging has bestowed on us.  Using our extended time to explore each new wrinkle is a blessing for all of us and gives us the courage to stand in our own power.Ina Albert, CSLAge-ing to Sage-ing Seminar LeaderLife Transitions CoachCo-author, Write Your Self Well...Journal Your Self to Healthwww.Aging Gloriously.cominaalbert@me.com

Ina, I so appreciate your comments here. They are certainly aligned with my own experience and vision of aging. To me, creativity and playfulness are a very important part of aging. I agree that there is much more attention to illness and frailty than there is to vividness, intensity and venturesome growth. Of course illness, frailty and death are profound life experiences and passages. But like you, I believe that it's past time to celebrate this time of life with the kind of deeper self understanding, meaning and modeling that occurs when we play and engage in life as an artistic process.

Hi and Love from Portland, Gaea!I'm Jim Corcoran, the founder of Aging Artfully Initiative.My pal Ken Pyburn told me about you.We are visualizing a center for the arts, where one of the arts is aging.  I feel that the power of your authenticity and your passion to live well radiate beauty and an irresistable energy that demands recognition of the truth that aging is full of riches, still to be explored by many.Many Blessings to you, and all our fine leaders, and the regular folks who just grow in their own way and their own speed.  The transition to the better world is well under way.I'm glad NCCA regocnizes your importance.  I am getting closer to them, too.Yours in Service to Elder Creatives!Jim971-563-3694agingartfully.org

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