Ever wonder what's it all about?

The second half of life is rich with potential for discovery and integration. The Pivot Point Projects offers programs designed to help us tune-in and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. With a new level of clarity about how our life has come to this point, the present, we are able to align our actions with our life’s purpose and live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Wake up to your wisdom. Embrace your life.
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Upcoming Programs


OVER Fifty

Essential Practices: Embrace Your Life Through Writing
Wednesday, June 29, July 13, 20, 27 2016
$195 ($175 early bird until June 26th)

(Pay by check to Pivot Point, send to above address or register online below.)

Do you ever have flashes of insight? Ever have trouble recalling those thoughts or insights when you need them? Writing as a practice is a powerful way to access the wisdom that is within you.

Through writing you can bring half noticed details of daily life to consciousness and make sense of them. You can see that they are part of a larger tapestry of your life. In this four session series we will write together and then share.

In each two hour meeting we will:

  • Write for several short periods from a prompt-emphasis on scenes from our lives
  • Read what we wrote out loud for all to hear
  • As listeners we focus on what stand outs, what strikes us in a positive way (as inspired by Gateless method (Jennifer trained as teacher of this method.)
  • Reflect together on what emerges from all the readings.

To listen attentively is a practice. Writing together promotes spontaneity. We flex the muscles of self-expression. Many people find that the writing flows even though it may feel insignificant at the time. Through writing, reading and listening to others a fertile space arises from which insight and delight often result. I use writing exercises in various programs over the years including in the ten session series on the Tools and Tasks of the Second Half of Life

From a participant in the Embrace Your Life through Writing series: 

“I was able to write about memories, feelings and thoughts long hidden from my awareness. I enjoyed sharing with the other group members.  Getting to know them thru their stories.....there was no judging of each other and a kind and gentle acceptance of our humanness.  And, there was laughter, too.  A lovely, meaningful experience."

--Carol Shulman, Office Manager, Aspiring cellist and writer


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Tools and Tasks for Life Over Fifty
Starts-Wednesday September 14, 2016
10 weeks (Wednesday evenings)
$495 (register by August 31 for the early bird rate of $425)

Tools and Tasks of Life over Fifty is a ten session series in which we roll up our sleeves and get to work. To do this over a few months  gives participants practice in skills and tools that integrate life experience. The intention is to gain perspective on the themes of our life and clarity about the present. In this series we will engage in the work of the second half of life, learn useful tools and take action toward living more purposeful lives.

Around the late forties or fifty we begin to experience a radical shift in our inner state. It demands attention because it is an immense change in perspective. This is the beginning of the "second half of life." The more consciousness we bring to this time the more we reap the harvest of our life.

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Hear what people are saying about Pivot Point Projects:

Exploring Jung’s seven tasks is a portal to making sense of what one experiences in the second half life. It helps provide direction and support for what can be unsettling and frightening. Jennifer is a true healing presence throughout the process
— Dr. Paul Mazeroff - Professor of Psychology at McDaniel College
The Tools and Tasks program impacted me on many levels both personally and professionally. It enabled me to take the time for myself to review and reflect upon my life but with the wonderful benefit of sharing my stories, thoughts and feelings with others in a safe and compassionate environment.
— Mary Linthicum, RN
Jennifer Downs, Founder & Director of Pivot Point Projects

About Jennifer Downs

Jennifer Downs is an RN and licensed acupuncturist who has been in private practice since 1980. As an acupuncturist, workshop facilitator, and teacher Jennifer creates opportunities for people to maximize their life meaning, health and innate gifts. She is grounded in the healing traditions of both East and West. She studied the work of Dr. Carl Jung, who explored the work of the second halfwith courage. He opened doors for us to recognize this time of life as uniquely important. Jennifer brings experience as a facilitator in working individually and in groups. She developed the concept of a "wisdom group" in which people  tap into their own "knowing" through a variety of means.

Jennifer refined this concept of wisdom group over the last few years. Distinct from a support group or therapy group, wisdom groups provide a fertile space for exploration. The participants engage in writing, studying concepts and cultivating the capacity to listen and share. From years of experience in meditation and yoga as well as organizing events and programs she comes with a variety of skills. She founded Pivot Point in the belief that when individuals have the opportunity to share their inner and outer journeys in a supportive community, an alchemical process unfolds.  This allows rich learning and self-awareness to emerge. She appreciates the fact that learning is always possible until our last breath. Through Pivot Point, Jennifer creates spaces where people share in the work of their lives and reap the bounty of life. 


Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw