Creative Retirement Institute

Purpose and Philosophy

The Creative Retirement Institute is sponsored by Edmonds Community College and is affiliated with Road Scholar through the Elderhostel Network (EIN) of Lifelong Learning Institutes (LLIs). A list of LLIs can be found here.

An advisory board recommends program, finance and policy matters to Edmonds CC through the executive director. Members of the Board are appointed by the College president and serve a three-year term.

The Creative Retirement Institute is working to enrich the lives of people in our community and endorses the concept that adults value education, aspire to lifelong learning, and are intense, self-motivated learners eager to accept the challenge offered by college-level courses.

Through the Institute, Edmonds CC affirms its commitment to the goal of lifelong academic growth, exploration, and understanding.

CRI's philosophy is to provide, at a modest cost, college-level academic experiences for all of its members, regardless of previous educational background. Any older adult who subscribes to the spirit and purposes of CRI is welcome to become a member.

Members are involved in all aspects of decision-making, including curriculum planning, selection of instructors, and administration of the organization. Members are not only encouraged to attend courses, but to design and lead them as well. CRI provides more than classes and social activities — it links its members to a community beyond the classroom and offers a world of opportunities and experiences.

Message From Road Scholar Network


The Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN) is delighted to be working with the Creative Retirement Institute. Together, we bring the highest quality educational programming to older learners living in the vicinity of Edmonds Community College.

From our national offices in Boston, EIN gathers stimulating curriculum resources and exciting new initiatives to offer to all the Lifelong Learning Institutes (LLIs) across North America. We also compile and pass on all the latest news and happenings from across the Network and serve as a central resource that LLIs can turn to for help and information. Thanks to our well-known profile, we have access to innovative educational opportunities and our high visibility enables us to work to promote the learning-in-retirement movement on both national and international levels.

The Elderhostel Institute Network and the Creative Retirement Institute are together providing a stimulating and exciting opportunity for older learners. Together we are helping educate our society about successful and productive aging and the joys of older learning. The 21st century does indeed hold great promise for the learning in retirement movement!


Nancy Merz Nordstrom, Program Manager x2