About Life Works
Life Works is an organization committed to supporting people in having lives that are healthy, fulfilled and satisfied. We support the well-being of each individual who crosses our path, providing them with ways they can discover and fulfill their true, authentic self-expression and heartfelt desires.
What is now Life Works, Inc. was started in 1984 by Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh with the purpose of helping people have more of what they want in life. Since then they have developed a curriculum of courses for women and men, structured to both teach and support the process of creating and living an invigorating, fulfilling and meaningful life.
Our courses are created at the request of the women who participate in our programs. For instance, we began offering the retreats as a result of a 1997 conversation in one of the ongoing graduate groups. We had several long, lively discussions about the profound, life-shaping relationships women have with their mothers and how fully we continue to reflect our mothers in our adult lives. The group requested that we find a way for them to more fully look into that most important of relationships. In January 1998 we offered the first Mother Retreat, which continues to be a popular, freeing and life-changing retreat. This story can be repeated many times about almost all of our courses.
We are a woman-owned and managed business and are proud of the new perspectives that we have provided to thousands of women and men. Most of our course offerings are based on requests we have received from our graduates. We know our courses work because we have tested every time they are offered. We have a large store of intellectual property and technology that can be applied in a multitude of ways and environments. We look forward to new ways to use the insights we have developed in almost 20 years of teaching. We welcome collaborations and partnerships with like-minded people.
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Who Is Life Works?
Life Works consists of two principals plus a staff of highly trained Guidesses (formerly known as Coaches).
Marilyn has appeared on television, gives lectures around the tri-state area and has taught regularly in Dallas, San Francisco and Mexico. With a fourth book in progress, she has a long-range intention to work in early childhood education again. Marilyn teaches ongoing groups, monthly seminars and weekend workshops at Life Works' offices in Manhattan. She leads the training of the Life Works Guiding staff to accommodate the expansion of the organization's business consulting services. A resident of Fire Island's Fair Harbor and lower Fifth Avenue, she travels extensively, studying what it means to be a human being.
One of Maureen's hobbies is searching for a retreat center to become Life Work's Wise Women's Home — Fall 2006 at the Mabel Dodge Luhan Center in Taos, NM.
A visit to the world of advertising at Ogilvy and Mather was a way station on the road to her own consulting business in the early '80s helping artists and healers to have successful business lives. Life Works is one of Maureen's collaborations. Others include her real estate ventures with writer and husband William Speers and the landlord relationships she has with her tenants. She has taught marketing and arts management courses at the grad and undergrad levels. Thirteen years ago she created How to Make a Graceful Living, a course to help people find more authentic, self-expressive and meaningful work, which is especially valuable in our current environment of change in our economy. Next, she developed ReBoot Your Life to help people psychologically prepare for the second half of their lives and the bright glorious journey a new vision of retirement can be. Most people do financial planing but few actually look at how to make the transition from working to enjoying all the years ahead.
Her maternal grandfather owned a small resort town in Iowa during her childhood. With that experience in her gene pool, she has been looking at summer camps, religious facilities and retreat centers to create several large projects / ideas. One of them is the Wise Woman's Home where Life Workers can live together in community and continue to be productive as they move into their wisdom years. For more information on what she is looking for or if you are intrigued by the idea, click here.
She works from her homes in Santa Fe, NM, Hollywood, CA and the North Fork of Long Island and can always be reached through 212-741-8787 as she travels as well as the toll free Life Works office telephone, below.
Our staff of Life Works Guidesses includes
Barbara Blair-D'allosto • Carole Forman • Sara Lustigman • Cheryl Marks-Young • Sylvia Moss • Nell Robinson • Gloria Waldman-Schwartz • Marion Yuen
David Schaeffer plays Broadway tunes at Life Works
In 2011 we downsized from our penthouse at 55 Fifth Ave. in the heart of Greenwich Village a little further downtown and and are now located at 32 Washington Square West Suite 6E, New York, NY 10011. And as always by telephone at 212-741-8787 to talk to someone about your interests, the issues you would like to work on and / or questions about our offerings.
What is the philosophy behind the work of Life Works?
Life Works comes from the philosophy that womanhood in our culture is in the process of change. This change began with the baby boomer woman challenging the status quo and pushing the edges of what is possible for women in the '60s and '70s and the change has continued through the '80s and '90s. The '80s sees women trying to be super mom, super wife, super corporate climber. The '90s eased up with women reflecting on what makes them happy and fulfilled, experimenting with balancing home and work in all different ways, some leaving corporate life, job sharing, cottage industries, some women returning home.
The change is still in progress. Some young women are responding to their mothers leaving the home to fulfill themselves, some young women are responding to the fact that their mothers never found what would fulfill them and they are clear they will not repeat what their mothers have experienced. Today women in their 30s, 40s and 50s are confused with the messages they received from their pre-feminism mothers and the messages and experience through the years of transition. Women are left confused about their priorities, the place of a man in their lives, the balance between independence and interdependence.
We work with women to know they can design their lives to fit who they are and they can discover what will make them happy and how to go about creating a life that fits. Each woman discovering what is authentic for them, their unique self.
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