“Eldership is based on a warm detachment that understands life and people as a developing and unfolding mystery and therefore respects and supports every person and tendency, while still being able to create boundaries in a non- offensive way. It is rooted in a person’s convictions about the meaning of life, and the role that spirit and nature play. These convictions don’t necessarily have to be explicit, but are often just felt in a person’s heart.

The elder remains centred in her or his own beliefs about the core values that make living together on this planet possible. However, these beliefs are not forced upon others, but rather modelled in a way that inspires others to follow. Eldership is independent of age and is expressed as often in ordinary people as it is in leaders and facilitators.”

Max Schupbach