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HomeLife After 60 Retreat

Life After 60:

 How to Make the Best of the Rest

(And the rest can become the best!)

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Join us on April 14-15 at the Bishop Rader Conference Center at Pine Lake Camp in Westfield for a memorable, life-changing, experience. It’s a chance to get away, find friends, have “ah-ha” moments, and get excited about the rest of your life! See options you didn't know were possible!  It Will Be One of the Best Investments You Make In Yourself!

Why Attend

  • You’ll get started in making the first, sometimes unnerving decision, to write the next chapter of YOUR life.

  • You’ll gain information about developing ways to fund YOUR plans.

  • You’ll have a better understanding of the changes and transitions that will happen in YOUR life.

  • You’ll leave with YOUR action plan and the support to make it happen.

  • You’ll be challenged in YOUR thinking, surprised by what you learn and you'll have fun along the way.

Retreat Schedule

Saturday, April 14

9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Registration at Pine Lake Camp
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks at Rader Conference Center
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  Part I: Life is a Daring Adventure and You’re Not Done Yet!
Facilitator: Mary Helen Conroy

Tell me what is it you plan to do with you your wild and precious life? (Mary Oliver)

Defining what you want helps you get it! During three interactive sessions you will be guided in crafting the next chapter of your life. Using the tools of Review, Retreat and Reinvention, you will be guided toward ideas for creating your next chapter. You’ll leave with greater confidence in the future. You’ll carry with you a personal action plan to guide you; a plan designed by you to create the life you desire.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Lunch 
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.  Part II: Life is a Daring Adventure and You’re Not Done Yet! 
Facilitator: Mary Helen Conroy
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.  Break 
2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  Part I: Money/Resources/Assets: How Much Is Enough?
Facilitator: Connie Kilmark
Having enough money to do what you want and knowing what “enough” is. What is my financial personality and how does it affect my financial behavior and expectations over time? How do I estimate my future expenses? How do I define my assets—financial and non-financial? What is risk? How much is good? How does it change over time? Where do I turn for professional help? Do I need it? How do I evaluate and decide who to work with? Can I afford the dreams from Module 1? How will I decrease expenses or increase income if I need to? Will my present home and/or living arrangement support my future years?
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Break 
4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.  Part II: Money/Resources/Assets: How Much Is Enough? 
Facilitator: Connie Kilmark 
5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.   Wine and Cheese Social 
6:00 p.m.   Dinner 
7:30 p.m.  John Muir Program and Social Time

Sunday, April 15
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Part I: Embracing Change-All of It
Facilitator: Dr. Kristin Litzelman
Building momentum and aging on your own terms. Aging looks different for everyone. How can you anticipate the changes that come with aging – good and bad – and embrace them?
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Part II: Embracing Change-All of It
Facilitator: Dr. Kristin Litzelman 
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.  Break and SAIL Resource Table
2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Part III: Life is a Daring Adventure and You're Not Done Yet
Facilitator: Mary Helen Conroy

You Won’t Want to Miss Out!

In addition to creating your personalized life plan, you’ll have an opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy a wine and cheese social along with four delicious meals, and following dinner on Saturday evening, you’ll have the pleasure of learning about Marquette County’s John Muir—founder of the Sierra Club and a leader in establishing our nation’s national parks system.

Our speaker is
Kathleen McGwin whose own roots run deep in Marquette County where her great great grandfather homesteaded across the lake from John Muir’s family farm. She authored the book Muir is Still Here about John Muir’s boyhood neighborhood and the early settlers here and around Wisconsin.


Meet the Facilitators

Mary Helen Conroy is a reinvention life coach. As a change strategist, her practice works with those in midlife and pre-retirement. Having reinvented herself many times, her practical advice to those re-examining their life is both practical and heart focused.

Finding herself stepping out of her career job at 62, she asked herself, “what next?” The “what next” became her company Life’s a Daring Adventure, “and I’m not done yet!” her brand for life coaching and professional speaking. She also was the co-founder of the website, hosting over 95 podcasts from 2015-17.

In January 2017, she also published the book Itty Bitty Retirement Book: 15 Essential Tips for the Nearly and Newly Retired which just became a #1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller on April 20, 2017.

Regardless what she’s working on, her goal is to remind those over 50 that life is a daring adventure and they're not done yet!

Connie Kilmark has developed an original approach to personal money management. Specializing in communication breakthroughs and behavior change, Kilmark has given hope to many stuck couples and individuals, since founding her own fee-based counseling and consulting firm, Kilmark & Associates, LLC in 1986. Her approach balances the heart and soul of money with the financial facts and seeks to assist clients achieve a sustainable relationship with the material and social world.  

As a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio for many years, Kilmark answered listener questions on personal finance.  She has been interviewed by local and national media concerning consumer affairs and personal finance,

She is a trainer and speaker on personal money management, life planning, psychologically sensitive investment strategies and couples’ dynamics related to money. She has presented keynote addresses at state, regional and national conferences.  She has a special interest in the psychology of entrepreneurship and the dynamics of money in family businesses, especially the challenge of raising citizen children in an environment of significant means.  She has made a career-long commitment to the empowerment of women of every age as they grow both in financial confidence and competence.

Dr. Litzelman is an Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She received her BA at the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. 

Position Priorities

  • Serve as a resource for county and state colleagues on issues related to aging

  • Maximize educators’ capacity to meet the needs of their communities by conducting, translating, and disseminating research and facilitating state and local partnerships

  • Collaborate with colleagues on projects that enhance family and community well-being in aging


  • Family/informal caregiving

  • Impact of aging and health issues on families

  • Stress and quality of life


Highlights of Current Extension Work

  • Creating Aging-Friendly Communities Workgroup

  • UWEX Aging Well in Wisconsin Google+ Group: a resource for educators about issues in aging

Research and Applied Interests

Dr. Litzelman’s research broadly focuses on family caregiving and the impact of illness on families. She is interested in how caregivers are impacted by their role and how caregiver well-being impacts care recipients and other family members. In particular, she is interested in stress and quality of life, and figuring out ways that we can improve outcomes for these families. As part of this work, she is also interested in socio-economic disparities and health-care related financial burden. The main goal of her work is to find ways to help individuals and families. Her core topical areas are family wellbeing and caregiving, but she also has broad knowledge of health-related issues (including financial issues and the physiological impacts of stress).

Just Say “Yes!” to YOU and Register Today!

Retreat Cost
Incudes retreat sessions and materials, four meals and breaks, lodging, wine and cheese social time, and a special evening program by author Kathleen McGwin.

SAIL Members: $199 per person single occupancy with private bath; $159 per person for double occupancy with private bath.

Non-Members:  $249 per person single occupancy; $219 per person double occupancy. (If you are not a member of SAIL and want to learn about membership to receive the SAIL Member registration rate, click here.)

A sliding fee is available for SAIL members with low incomes. Contact Ann Albert at 230-4321 to learn more.

Registration and payment can be made by clicking here or by calling the SAIL office at 230-4321. Registrations must be received by SAIL no later than March 26, 2018, and are not refundable following that date.

Questions? Call 230-4321 or email

Pine Lake Camp 
W8301 County Road M
Westfield, WI 53964 
Phone: (800) 648-9630 or (608) 296-2720


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