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Nov 25, 2019

Don’t miss this insightful conversation with Dr. Claudia Welch! We get personal and dive into the lessons and experiences that we have each experienced during our midlife transitions. If you are a woman approaching, experiencing, or have already accomplished your midlife transition, you want to listen to this episode! 


What you’ll get out of tuning in: 

  • What the four stages of life are.
  • What’s come up for Claudia as she transitions to midlife.
  • How Cate and Claudia have reorganized their work at this stage of life. 


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Show Highlights:

  • Claudia explains the four stages of life in Ayurveda.
  • Cate describes the deeper wisdom she’s experienced approaching the vanaprastha life-stage.
  • Claudia talks about organizing her life's work and finishing her professional to-do list.



  •  4:50 Claudia reviews the four stages of life.
  • 13:55 Cate and Claudia discuss the physical, mental and emotional changes that accompany the transition towards the third stage of life.
  • 39:15 Cate describes the organizational shifts in her body of work and incorporating the deeper lessons she’s learned as midlife approaches.


Favorite Quotes:

  •  “I have an awareness of these learning curves and physical changes. Like how my memory and mind are functioning differently. And there’s an alignment and acceptance of it because of the life stages world view from Ayurveda. Because of having that context and framework there’s deep ease and relaxation into this transition. A lot of people don’t have this framework.” - Cate Stillman
  • “Both Ayurveda and business strategy are very aware of cycles, stages and aligned action. With dinacharya and ritucharya there are things that you do to be a disciple of aligned action. It’s also in business strategy; they’re both looking at cycles and stages and rhythms. They do that inside and out. For instance, you have to invest a certain amount in order to expect growth later. That’s a very basic business principle. You shouldn’t expect immediate ROI (return on investment) on deeper investments that have a longer-term strategy. Plant the seed but you’re not going to get fruit in two days - it’s going to be a while.” - Cate Stillman
  • “Things are slowing down. I’m taking fewer commitments and pouring less energy into my organization. And so now there’s this space. And I’m taking the space that is there, and at times it feels empty. And that can feel sad. There’s this fear that will my expectations about divine grace fall? Will, there be just emptiness, will this stage of life disappoint me? All I can say is that I trust that emptiness way more than I trust filling that emptiness. My guru wrote when I was eight years old, ‘keep good company, good company makes a man great’, and I feel that two things are important to me right now; keep the space open don’t fill it, and put myself in the way of inspiration.” - Claudia Welch


Guest BIO

Dr. Claudia Welch is the author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science and The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Ayurvedic practitioner and international speaker. Dr. Welch explores how ideas in Eastern medicine apply to women’s health, and today’s reality in general. Learn more at