Retirement Happiness: Planning Your Next Stage of Life

Whether retirement is months or years away, you can design a life filled with prosperity, health, and happiness. New research reveals the steps you can take now to increase your enjoyment and fulfillment for the years ahead. John Nelson and a well-known UW expert will deliver this exciting retreat. Registration fee discount available for couples. This program is supported in part by Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries.

At a glance

What: Retirement Happiness: Planning Your Next Stage of Life

When: F, Sept 19, 7-9pm Sa, Sept 20, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: Individual: $150 | Couple: $225

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For additional information, contact
Barbara Nehls-Lowe: 608-890-4653

Retirement Happiness Flier
John Nelson website
Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries

Whether your retirement is months or years away, learn to create a life filled with happiness, health, and prosperity. Explore fresh insights based on emerging scientific research. Come and design the next stage of your life!

This retreat will help you:

  • Identify sources of meaning and purpose for your next stage of life
  • Determine how to stay engaged and connected after you retire
  • Explore new approaches to your health and medical care
  • Understand the financial connections to happiness

Retirement is changing! Rather than decades of pure leisure, it can be a life stage filled with new forms of engagement and purpose. While financial security and good health provide a foundation, they aren’t enough. Emerging research shows the importance of addressing the social and psychological aspects of retirement as well. You’ll learn new concepts and practical approaches.

A fresh map of life

As humans live longer, healthier lives, we’re re-examining traditional ideas of work and retirement. Instead of being put out to pasture, this workshop shows you how and where you can look for new opportunities and positive challenges.

Putting money in its place

Financial preparation for retirement is absolutely essential. However, even with financial security, we can end up feeling disconnected and unfulfilled. Instead, learn how to use money to create more life satisfaction in retirement.

Approaches to health and vitality

Aging is a part of retirement, which leads to greater use of the health care system. You’ll learn how to determine which types of medical care you’re most likely to seek in the future, and what practices will help maintain your vitality as you age.

New roles and relationships

People identify deeply with their work roles, and build strong relationships with coworkers. Losing those roles at retirement can leave us isolated and unfulfilled. You’ll learn how to navigate the transition, and make new connections.

Putting your strengths to work

Using our strengths and skills brings engagement and meaning to our work lives. Finding new outlets for those skills in retirement is one of the surest paths to happiness. This workshop helps you identify and harness some of the best parts of yourself. During this retreat, you’ll use an interdisciplinary model to plan your next stage of life. This holistic approach helps you identify your greatest resources and opportunities—and also address unforeseen challenges.

After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the elements of well-being in retirement.
  • Develop goals and objectives based on your personal values.
  • Identify action steps to take for creating the life you want to live.

For general or more specific CEU information, contact retreat coordinator Barbara Nehls-Lowe, or 608-890-4653.

General information, fees, lodging

Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Times: Registration 6:30pm Friday, retreat from 7-9pm Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

Fee: $150 includes instruction, materials, CEUs, refreshments, and a $20 nonrefundable administrative fee. Lunch included on Saturday. Couples discount available.

Accommodations: Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements. Maps and information on lodging and parking are sent with you registration confirmation. A block of rooms is available at Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St (one block from Pyle Center). To make reservations call 608-256-2621 and use group code: RETIRE. You may also make reservations online at (Sept session).

The rooms will be released to others 4 weeks before the program dates. Lodging costs are not included in the program fee.

Attend this retreat and explore the city of Madison and UW-Madison campus! Your program takes place just a few steps from the shore of beautiful Lake Mendota and the fun-filled UW Memorial Union. The Union is famous for its tasty Babcock ice cream, made on campus, and for its wonderful lakeside terrace—a delightful spot for watching sailboats and enjoying a bite to eat.