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

Summer Greetings!

The Road Scholar Institute Network newsletter and the most recent LLI Curriculum Ideas column are now available online the RSIN website.

Click here to read the August Newsletter
Click here to read the newest Curriculum Ideas

Please note that even though Nancy Merz-Nordstrom has retired, you can still reach us at

We look forward to reading all of your fall 2014 catalogs in the upcoming weeks and will continue to share news, tips and curriculum ideas. If you have something that you would like included in the Network newsletter, please feel free to let us know. Also, we're happy to share your questions or requests for resources among the Network in our "Ask an LLI" column. In the past, answers have been forwarded directly to the inquirer; in the future, we look forward to sharing the answers with everyone!

We hope you are having a pleasant summer!

Warm regards,
Ann Simanis
Road Scholar Institute Network