Becoming an Elder A 3 day workshop with Donna Lancaster & Gabi Krueger

What is an Elder?
A true elder embodies the qualities of the innocent child through curiosity, tenderness, vulnerability, playfulness and joy. As well as the depth of a rich soul through wisdom, humility, resilience, non judgement and compassionate detachment, which allows them to be fully present in the world.

In transition to become an elder, it is about recognising and cultivating these innate qualities, so that they can fully integrate into our being. An elder is someone who grows both older and wiser, having learned the lessons from their many struggles. Whilst down in the dark waters of their life, they have always picked something up and brought it back with them. These pearls are the gifts they then commit to share with those who might be drowning in the shallows. An elder knows it is her responsibility and duty to share her hard won wisdom with all those ready to listen and learn. 

An elder will Love you completely with their whole heart. Sometimes tenderly and sometimes with a splash of ice cold water thrown into your sleepy face. Needs must. They act like a guiding light. Telling those who follow in their footsteps where to avoid unnecessary suffering. They basically show them where the dog shit lies on the path of life. 

An elder brings with them Hope and Possibility that there is another way, reminding people of something they have simply forgotten for a while. They guide others to find their way, until they too are ready to begin their own training to pass on what they have learned and to share their pearls with the world. 

This workshop enhances cognitive awareness, offers cathartic release and grounding in your true nature of being. It will provide you with an initiation of your inner process, allowing you to embody your innate elder. Regardless of your chronological age, this initiation will prepare you to become a much needed gift to the world.

If this calls to you, we look forward to sharing this experience together.

The Invitation: 
Gabi and Donna are delighted to invite you on this 3 day exploration.

The offerings include: 

  • Understanding what it means to become an elder and the essential role elders play in our society.
  • Wounds as portals – how to grieve and let go of your old stories, in order to rewrite a new narrative for your life. 
  • The Hero’s journey – the calling/departure/initiation/return.
  • Honouring the role of your ancestors and the gifts you received from them.
  • Learning the sacred art of story telling as a route to passing on wisdom.
  • Love with a capital L – how to Love and serve in your community.
  • How to work with rituals for healing and guiding others.
  • Trusting the body and embodying your wisdom.
  •  Surrendering – how to trust the natural cycles of life.
  • Death and dying as part of truly living.
  • Awareness of and honouring the thresholds of life.
  • The human experience through a transpersonal lens.

Where & When
Workshop details, venue and dates. Register your interest for the next workshop below:

Next Dates to be Announced soon.

(Workshop starts at 9.30 on the Friday with a departure of 17.30 on the Sunday)
West Sussex

£1950 per person

Minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 20.

A £350 non refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

All prices are inclusive of VAT

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Terms & Conditions



The following terms and conditions apply to all participants choosing to attend and participate in the 3 day non residential experience titled ‘Becoming an Elder’, as facilitated by Donna Lancaster and Gabi Krueger.


Please ensure you read these terms and conditions carefully and understand them in full:


Payment & Cancellations
This 3 day workshop is £1950 per person.

Minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 20.

A £350 non refundable deposit is required to secure your place.


You can either pay in full upon booking or alternatively pay a non refundable deposit of £350 to hold your place, with the final balance due by TBA.


Please note that all travel, food and any accommodation required is for you to arrange and is not included in the fee.
Payment is by bank transfer (PayPal is also available on request although this may involve an additional charge)


Cancellation Charges

4 weeks and above, prior to the workshop date = £350 deposit only, 4 weeks and below, prior to the workshop date = 100% of full payment.
If for any reason you need to cancel your place please email


Cancellation or postponement on our part. 
If for any reason we need to postpone this event, we will rearrange the dates with advance notice provided. If we do not achieve the minimum number required to proceed, we will also rearrange the dates with advance notice provided. In both of these situations there will also be an option of a full refund of your fees paid. Our sole liability in relation to any cancellation or postponement shall be limited to the price paid by you for the workshop and we shall not be liable under any circumstances for any consequential losses


Liability & Disclaimer

The workshop ‘Becoming an Elder’ is offered as a personal/spiritual development/wellness opportunity and does not intend to provide nor offer therapeutic, medical or other professional advice. The information and resources provided are made available to you as tools to support your own wellbeing. We do not and cannot guarantee any particular outcomes/results from participation in this workshop. The programme facilitators/session leaders are not psychologists/psychotherapists or psychiatrists and the content does not replace any medical, therapeutic or psychiatric services that might be required.


Safety & Wellbeing

This workshop is not suitable for anyone who has been diagnosed with, or is experiencing, severe mental health issues including (but not exclusively), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and dissociative disorders, and is under the care of a psychiatrist and/or psychologist.


Neither is the workshop suitable for anyone who has recently experienced suicidal thoughts and/or attempted to take their own life. It is also not suitable for those who have complex ptsd and severe trauma related conditions which might lead to overwhelm and/or panic attacks in a group setting. Unfortunately all of these conditions are beyond the scope of a group experience such as this one offered. If you are unsure if this workshop is right for you, please feel free to email us on


On commencement of the workshop if it is deemed in your best interests and /or the interests and safety of the group, we have the right to ask you to leave prior to completing the 2 day workshop. In this instance a partial/full fee will be refunded.


Conduct obligations
All workshop participants will be required to conduct themselves in a respectful and inclusive manner when communicating with other group members and programme facilitators. Members are required to maintain confidentiality both during and after the workshop, including not sharing details about others to third parties. If any participant is deemed to be disruptive, inappropriate or abusive in anyway during the workshop, the workshop leaders, have the right to ask you to leave without any refund being provided. You must comply at all times with the health and safety policy of the venue.


Intellectual property

All material is for your personal use only and is not to be shared with others or used/reproduced or adapted in any way for your own workshop/event/coaching/therapy.


Travel, accommodation and refreshments
You shall be responsible for making and paying for your own travel, accommodation and all meals throughout the duration of the workshop. Light refreshments tea, water etc will be provided at the venue. If you are delayed and late to arrive at the workshop, or prevented from attending due to travel delays or any other circumstances, we shall not be obliged to provide you with a refund or wait to start the workshop until you arrive.


Disability/medical conditions

If you have any disability or medical condition that requires special arrangements, please email us at as soon as possible and at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the Workshop.


Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

By registering and paying for this workshop ‘Becoming an Elder’, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions as set out above.

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