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Adaptive Living - From Fear to Love

Pathway to Progress - a Virtual Learning Series as a Mountain Program

Wednesdays from 12 pm - 1:30 pm ET, starting July 1, an Nine-Week Series

Why Attend:

To learn how we can survive these times and thrive through the practice of Adaptive Living!

To review how only “adaptable people” and “adaptable systems” survive and thrive in turbulent times.

To learn the essential adaptive practices that ensure we are more adaptable and effective in this increasingly disruptive and changing world.

To discover new ways to maintain our mental health. Learn the surprising new science of happiness and what unique practices contribute to our well-being when facing major challenges and changes.

To elevate our hearts and minds so we are more adaptable, productive, and committed to a high level of personal development in this rapidly changing world.

In our registration system, select Other Retreats then select your 2020 "Adaptive Living" Package


Dr. Rita Brodnax, neuroscience expert, education leader, and OLLI presenter.
Dr. Dudley Tower, Furman University OLLI Coordinator with broad experience in corporate and education arenas.

Dr. Rita Brodnax


Dr. Brodnax earned her doctorate from Indiana University in educational leadership and applying brain research to teaching, learning and communication. Dr. Rita Brodnax has had culturally diverse and in-depth experiences in the education field as a teacher, administrator, professional development coordinator, dean, assistant superintendent, superintendent, university faculty, and consultant. Dr. Brodnax has trained thousands of teachers and administrators and worked with hundreds of schools in urban, rural, and suburban areas. Dr. Brodnax’s interest and passion for applying brain research to teaching and learning started decades ago when she began teaching and wanted to reach every single one of her students and not just most of them. She pursued brain research with the hope of finding out how to be more successful with all students. She found powerful and definite answers about how to use her own brain better and how to help others do the same.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman is a member run, member driven, diverse learning community of senior adults engaged in non-credit educational courses and programs, social opportunities and physical activities that inspire students to stay mentally and physically active in a supportive, nurturing and fulfilling university environment.

Dudley Tower, Ph.D.


Dudley Tower, Ph.D., has taught the Dynamic Aging Program (DAP), an original 1-year approach to optimal aging and retirement, for 6 years at OLLI at Furman University. It’s about a new, proactive, and systemic retirement paradigm based on the “New Reality” facing older adults today, including their need to constantly adapt and grow psychologically stronger, in response to increasingly rapid and unpredictable external change. This new paradigm is based on an older adult’s ”potential” and represents an inter-disciplinary science of aging that Dudley created from the fields of positive and developmental psychology, gerontology, sociology, systems theory, neuroscience, as well as the most current understanding of age-appropriate exercise and nutrition. Dudley completed his MBA in 1974 at UCLA where he met his wife Chris, who has been teaching DAP with him for the past 3 years. After a Peace Corps stint, they became executives in the automotive industry. When diagnosed with cancer, it was an “awakening”. He quit his job and earned 3 more degrees, an MA is Clinical Psychology, an MA in Organizational Development, and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University where he was able to create his own program to become an expert in human systems change. Since then, he has worked as an organizational consultant and teacher, and is currently writing the book on Dynamic Aging. Chris joins him in this series of presentations.


Via secured Zoom link, once registered with The Mountain's signup system by
HERE or calling office at 828-526-5838.


  • Wednesdays from 12 noon- 1:30 pm ET, starting July 1, - August 26, this is a nine-week series. 

  • Registration is OPEN.

  • Registration deadline: There is no registration deadline and you can feel free to sign up even in the midst of the program. 


  • Who: Anyone 25 years old to 100+ and especially ideal for 50 or older.

Program Sequences by Dates

July 1: Introduction of Intention, Presenters, and Participants with a brief preview
of session content by Dudley and Rita.
July 8: The New Reality for an Aging Adult
July 15: Self-Awareness: The Key to Unlocking the Door
July 22: Personal Development: It Makes Everything Better
July 29: The LIFE Model of Adult Development
August 5: Harnessing Happiness in Turbulent Times: Past and Current Views of Happiness and Well-Being

August 12: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!
August 19: From Fear to Love
August 26: Cross-Generational Interactions That Promote Happiness


  • Suggested donation of $80 or more is welcomed and appreciated for entire 9-
    week series. Contributed to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center via the button below or sending a check to The Mountain P.O Box 1299 Highlands, NC 28741


Registration Fees:

This event is free for all to attend as we feel providing a sense of purpose, bringing true wisdom and accurate knowledge to elevate the self is critical at this time. However the providers of this program recommend a suggested donation fee of $80 per participant. When registering you will be given the option to pay what you wish. Please consider paying the suggested $80 or more to support this event, and our host The Mountain. 

Additional donations to The Mountain are encouraged in honor of this magnificent place as The Mountain is a home site of many quality in-person programs that have been affected at this time. 

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact The Mountain directly at:


828.526.5838 ext. 218​​

Phil Sterner, Program Developer and Volunteer at MRLC

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