News from The Eden Alternative








The 2020 Eden Alternative International Conference is

scheduled for April 28-30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. 

Official conference promotion launches in March 2019!


Time to Head to Canada, Eh? 



Sherbrooke Palooza!


This Deep-Dive Retreat is

Filling Up!


This is an exclusive and extraordinary opportunity to spend 3 days, side-by-side, with CEO Suellen Beatty and her powerhouse team through a deep dive into Sherbrooke Community Centre’s innovative culture and community life.




Block out June 11-13, 2019 in your calendar! 




Click here to learn more and to REGISTER for this exclusive deep dive experience for leaders.  Space is limited to only 50 people. Lock in your space now.



STEP 3: 

See you in Saskatoon, SK, Canada in June 2019, where you will gain the tips and tools you need to transform your organizational culture for the long run.



Eden Alternative 



Feature Webinar

Trauma-Informed Care: Making Peace with the Past



Facilitative Leadership

March 4 - April 1

July 10 - Aug. 7



Certified Eden Associate Training Online

Sept. 16 - Nov. 25


Certified Eden at Home Associate Training

Tampa Bay, FL



Certified Eden Associate Training

Sandy, UT


Elizabethtown, PA


Manassas, VA


Pleasant Hill, TN


Lakewood, CO

Grand Forks, ND


Pleasant Hill, TN


Burlington, NJ


Mountain City, TN


Baltimore, MD


Elizabethtown, PA


Brush, CO

Bridgeton, MO

Centennial, CO

Burlington, NJ


Downingtown, PA

Lakewood, CO

Burlington, NJ


Lakewood, CO

Newtown, PA


Burlington, NJ











Making an Impact...          

Our 2018 Global Impact Statement


By Jill Vitale-Aussem



Click here to see the full Impact Statement.


Most of us have pretty intense work lives.  Heads down, we move from one project or issue to the next, checking off boxes on our to-do lists.  We know we’re busy and exhausted but we can’t always identify exactly what it is that’s been accomplished or impactful our work has been. It’s important to take a step back once in a while to look at the big picture.



We at the Eden Alternative Home Office took a step back recently.  We gathered data from 2018 to see just how many people and organizations we impacted.  For me, being less than a year into my tenure as CEO, it was humbling and exciting to realize that through our Eden Home Office Team, International Coordinators, Educators, Mentors and Guides, in one year we’ve impacted well over 100,000 people in 16 countries.  


Read the entire blog here.



Lisa Kendall Discusses Trauma-Informed Care and Making Peace with the Past


By Laura Beck



Lisa Kendall is a social work psychotherapist and clinical gerontologist, who has passionately supported well-being for Elders and their care partners for over 35 years in a variety of care settings.


On February 26th and March 5th, Lisa will facilitate a 2-part webinar series entitled Trauma-Informed Care: Making Peace with the Past. The webinar series, which involves 3 full hours of content, is featured in this brief interview "vlog".


WATCH the interview.


REGISTER for the webinar series.

Being Better Than a Stick in the Eye


By Sonya Barsness

Posted in


This is a brilliant blog by gerontologist Sonya Barsness that deserves revisiting. See more of her work at Being Heard.


Al Power, geriatrician and advocate for people living with dementia, tells a great story that Richard Taylor once told him. Richard Taylor is a person who lived with dementia and dedicated his life after his diagnosis to creating awareness of the experience of dementia.

Richard was visiting a nursing home and watched a group of ladies who lived in the “memory care unit” folding laundry.  One of the women motioned for Richard to come over.


“You know what they are doing here, right?” she asked, as she motioned to the laundry. Richard shook his head.

“You see, they bring us these baskets of clothes for us to fold. When we are done, they take them back over there, unfold them, and bring them back for us to fold..."


Read the rest of the blog...


Three Weeks to Becoming a More Facilitative Leader 

As change agents, our primary goal is to honor the voices and choices of Elders or any individuals accepting support. But we can’t pull this off without first doing the same for the people working most closely with them. You cannot truly empower one without empowering the other. Successful person-directed care depends on leadership’s ability to leverage each person’s individual strengths in developing a shared vision.

Facilitative leaders engage others by breaking down hierarchical thinking patterns and inviting the bright ideas of everyone involved to help frame solutions. We must look to create an organizational culture that

  • Welcomes the ideas and perspectives of all stakeholders,
  • Builds trust, clarifies expectations,
  • And inspires team members to develop a powerful sense of ownership.


Read the entire article here.


Register for the  5-week, online course,

Facilitative Leadership.




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