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The Second Wind Tour: Act III Begins

When we heard that Bill Thomas was working on a “non-fiction theatrical experience” we knew this would be a once in a lifetime chance to join a national conversation about what it means to age in today’s culture. From March 31st to June 6th we have visited 25 cities with Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour.  It has been such an experience to be on the road touring with visionaries in elder care. But even more exciting were the discussions we had with attendees who want to change how we think about the aging process.

In two acts, the performance used a blend of the spoken word, innovative set design, film and music to stimulate a new conversation about aging, and to re-frame “life after adulthood” as an exciting stage of human growth and development.

The third act, as Bill Thomas told us, is up to us.  That means it’s up to all of us to continue the national conversation the Second Wind Tour started.  With the help of the people who participated in the tour, and all the others who know there’s need for change, we can change the misconception of what it means to age.

We are so thankful for the local support and the positive energy that came from the audience at every performance and every event.  We can see now, more than ever, our country is ready for a new way to care for elders.  We are thrilled to be a part of this journey.

If you couldn’t join us, you can get a glimpse of the show with this video.

Dr. Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour Kickoff

Dr. Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour kicks off in three weeks. As a sponsor, THE GREEN HOUSE® Project is busy getting ready to revolutionize the national conversation around nursing homes, by bringing attention to our person-centered model with an emphasis on each person living a meaningful life. We are taking this message on the road and hitting 25 cities along the way!

Inspired by Thomas’ new book examining the baby boom generation’s reluctant generational second coming of age—“Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life” (published by Simon and Schuster March 11 and named by Publisher’s Weekly as a Top 10 Social Science book of 2014)—the Second Wind Tour will visit 25 cities on a national bus tour from March 31-June 6, 2014.

Each half-day performance will be held in a premier theater with two acts. Act one will consist of five fast-paced theatrical monologues featuring a cast of speakers including Dr. Thomas, Susan Frazier or David Farrell of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, and renowned consumer health expert and TV personality Dr. Janet Taylor. The second act blends the illumination of the deep connections between music, identity, and memory in the form a “marvelous surprise” documentary film preview by director Michael Rossato-Bennett followed by a live musical performance by Musicians for World Harmony founder Samite Mulondo.

If you are interested in attending one of these performances, please visit the Second Wind Tour Website, http://secondwindtour.org/. If you are not near a tour stop or unable to attend, we still want you to be involved! Join the social media conversation by following The Green House Project, @GreenHouse_Proj, and the Second Wind Tour by using the hashtag #secondwindtour.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to spread the Green House vision across America!

Bill Thomas' Second Wind Tour– an inspired look at the future of aging, wellness and growth

Dr. Bill Thomas, internationally recognized expert on aging and founder of The Green House model, is bringing a radical new approach to growth and aging through a national “non-fiction” theatrical tour produced in partnership with AARP’s Life Reimagined, Capital Impact Partners, and more than three dozen sponsor organizations, including THE GREEN HOUSE® Project.

Inspired by Thomas’ new book examining the baby boom generation’s reluctant generational second coming of age—“Second Wind:  Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life” (named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top 10 Social Science books of 2014)—the Second Wind Tour will bring a unique “non-fiction” theater experience blending the spoken word, innovative set design, film, and music to 25-cities in the spring of 2014.

“The Tour is really a companion to the book’s ‘second wind’ theme in that it challenges the conventional narrative of decline in mid-life and beyond,” Dr. Thomas said. “I want people to see, hear, feel, and connect to the power that arises from finding a ‘second wind’ in life.”Audiences will be taken on a holistic exploration that draws on a deep well of evidence-based approaches to growth, change, aging, health, and wellness. The goal of the tour is to start a new conversation that reframes “life after adulthood” as an exciting stage of human growth and development—a time for challenging received attitudes toward aging.

For more information about the tour and tickets, visit  The Second Wind Tour Website or contact Margaret Stansbury at The Green House Project, mstansbury@capitalimpact.org, 703-647-2311.