For years Stephen Jenkinson headed the counselling team of Canada’s largest home-based palliative care programme. Working with hundreds of dying people and their families, care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers, he witnessed a ‘wretched anxiety” around the end of ones’ life.
His inquiry led him to examine the dominant culture.
Last year’s new book tour (award winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul) brought Stephen’s work to audiences around the world. People came, jammed doorways and stood on chairs and lingered long afterwards, unwilling it seemed to go back to a home unchanged by an unlikely evening of mortal mysteries.
The modest proposal is to be tethered to our time, serving its bloat and its sorrows best by sorrowing from time to time, arrayed in fineness of speech, ennobling to hear, on occasion giving up the day off, a recognizable denizen of the dismal and the dim, and savouring the sounds that sorrow no longer locked in the private and the personal plays down the length of our bones and our days.
Nothing in what Stephen does, conjured in one little corner of this world, seems to favour translation to anywhere else, not to him nevertheless invitations cross the threshold, and the honour is his, and the troubles of these days seem to ask that once in a while he go out beyond where he might belong.
So early in the year, summoned by kindness and cajoled and prodded and listening, Stephen is bound for Oceana: Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Bali. This time his is festooned with a band. Gregory Hoskins will lend his music and his road-tested grace to the cause. The grace of invitation prompts what might be called an evening of mongrel sorrow, dappled magic and wonder, fringed with regard for the gift of the tongue entrusted to them, harkening and hortatory and bardic and greying, steeped in mortal mystery, uprooted from its uncertain home in the North of America and cast divination-style like bones on a dusty proving ground so far away.
They call it: A Night of Grief and Mystery. Should all be spared, they might see some of you there.
This is how all that happened: local people partnering with us to organize these events, sending loving letters to their home places in the form of bringing these – we don’t know what to call them, really – Ramshackling Concerts for Turbulent Times to town. People in the lands Down Under have spoken – they wish to see these concerts for themselves.
2017 TOUR DATES and LOCATIONS
Perth/ Fremantle – Australia
Friday February 17th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Hobart – Tasmania
Saturday February 18th 8-10:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Sunday February 19th 10-4pm: Die Wise teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Adelaide – Australia
Saturday February 25th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Sunday February 26th 10-4pm: Die Wise teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Melbourne – Australia
Saturday March 4th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Sunday March 5th 10-4pm: Old Time: Learning Elderhood teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Auckland – New Zealand
Saturday March 11th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Sunday March 12th 10-4pm: Die Wise teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Blue Mountains – Australia
Friday Mar 17th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Saturday & Sunday March 18-19th: Old Time Learning Elderhood weekend teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Central Coast – Australia
Monday March 20th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Gold Coast – Australia
Tuesday Mar 21st 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Brisbane – Australia
Wednesday March 22nd 10-4pm: Die Wise teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Thursday March 23rd 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Mullumbimby – Australia
Friday Mar 24th 7-9:30pm: Night of Grief & Mystery by Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins
Saturday & Sunday March 25-26th: Old Time Learning Elderhood weekend teaching by Stephen Jenkinson
Bali...then off to offer a 5 day teaching in Bali, more on that teaching event o come soon.
If you would like to host an evening presentation where you live (talk/concert) please be in touch with me at email@example.com.
…a night of being bathed in sound, tendrils of song winding through the words of a steward of deep wonder; at times a distant wail, and then a love song breathed right into the ear. These two skilled practitioners of rhythm could teach a stone to swim…
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