Personal ReflectionsPlanning for Retirement

“Harvest Time” by Patricia Cavanaugh

By September 19, 2014 May 11th, 2023 No Comments

Harvesting the fruits of labor

I have been reflecting on the season. Fall is a time for bringing in the harvest and also for making plans for the months to come. I live in the wine country of Sonoma County where vineyards are in high season for gathering up the grapes. Friends who know the wine industry tell me that the pinot grapes have been picked but the chardonnay is still waiting its turn.

Last Sunday, Ruth Cox and I gathered together a group of women who had participated in 3rd Act retreats last November and April. We called it a 3rd Act Reunion. We held it at the stunning Bishop’s Ranch Retreat Center overlooking some of the famous Russian River Valley appellation vineyards.

It was an extraordinary afternoon of sharing and appreciation. All of the women had made great strides in accomplishing their 3rd Act commitments to themselves. I know that The 3rd Act workshop is powerful, but I hadn’t really had the experience of an in-person feedback on the impact the work has had. It was powerful.

I felt like the winemaker who sampled her luscious and complex wines for the first time. The experience literally brought tears to my eyes and I wanted more of the delicious stuff.


With that in mind and returning to the idea that this is also the time to plan, I am happy to report that Ellie Klevins and I will be leading a couples workshop at Bishop’s Ranch January 9-11, 2015, at Bishop’s Ranch. You can go to register. We don’t often have couples workshops so if you have been thinking about what you and your spouse are going to do with your 3rd Act years now is the time to register. We have room for only 8 couples.

Happy Harvesting!


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