The Way of the Wise Elder in Film: Exploring Authentic Elderhood through Cinema (Online)


  • $25.00


Terry Ebinger
Wednesday, May 1
6 - 8pm CT

Explore films that grace us with representations of authentic elderhood, and teach us the essentials of aging wisely.


The most compelling films about wise elderhood serve as journeys into mythic territory — offering daunting trials, vital awakenings, necessary sacrifices, and healing transformations. Movies bring the archetypes to life, gracing us with unique characters embodying essentials of authentic elderhood: generativity, integrity, reflection, reconciliation, and the befriending of mystery. Depth psychology, mythic imagination, and the language of dreams will guide our expansive consideration of remarkable cinematic elders, observing and amplifying the values, attitudes, and tasks of later life individuation. This seminar will include multimedia lecture, analysis of multiple film clips, cross-cultural ways of knowing, and practice uncovering metaphor and meaning via cinema’s fundamental language of dream.

This program is being offered ONLINE only.  Recordings will be distributed to registered participants only, and will not be availble for individual purchase.

All times are CT. Please contact with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

Terry Ebinger, MS, is a passionate film scholar and retired psychotherapist with over three decades of experience as a depth psychological educator, dream consultant, archetypal spiritual director, and multidisciplinary group leader. Her film studies programs synthesize myth, psychology, cinema history, cultural anthropology, and the symbolic language of cinema. She teaches at depth psychological and Lifelong Learning Institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area and at her online Cinema Cafe salons. Learn more at


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