The Orphan Wisdom School is crafted specifically for all those people who will fail to live forever, who have come to the idea – or been driven there – that their yearning for a deep life must be tethered to the plough of labour and learning to harrow the hardened field of sorrows and solitary, grey news that has become our corner of this beautiful world, so that children can one day soon be born into to a real, detailed, laboured over Better Day that we ourselves might not live to see. Because none of this can be done in weekend workshops or homeless conference centres, we ask that you commit yourselves to what we call learning in real time, to gathering together at our place for five days, twice a year, for two years, as a start.

The learning and the teaching will be part history, all culture, mostly spirit, hugely ancestral, very local, ultimately practicable and hand made, each time about living, working and dying, purposefully delivered and achieved together in the belief that the rudiments of being a true, life serving village person lay waiting for water and light in all of us. We feed you well from our fields and friends fields. If you stay with it long enough your hands will know as much as you will, and even your consternation will be articulate.

It is a school that requires no previous experience with living people, dying people or dead people – though you do have experience with all of them – and no particular employment, religion, educational standard or way of life. It is open to every shape, persuasion, style, language and hue of person with a heart inclined for opening and learning. Each of us deserve the chance to learn something deep, alive, human, urgent and mandatory. This is at the heart of the Orphan Wisdom School. Consider attending.

Sessions

Date Session Name Registration Location Status
2014 September 17th to 21st People of the Big Tent Online Ottawa Valley, ON, Canada Grad Scholars Only
2014 October 1st to 5th People of Mountain Longing Online Ottawa Valley, ON, Canada Second Session
2014 October 22nd to 26th People of the Western Tent Online Cortes Island, BC, Canada Grad Scholars Only
2014 October 27th to 31st New School at Hollyhock Online Cortes Island, BC, Canada New Class
Open for Registration
2015 April 22 to 26th People of Mountain Longing Online Ottawa Valley, ON, Canada Third Session
2015 April 29 to May 3rd People of the Big Tent Online Ottawa Valley, ON, Canada Grad Scholars Only
2015 May 13th to 17th New School at Hollyhock Online Cortes Island, BC, Canada Open for Registration – Second Session
2015 May (Dates TBD) People of the Western Tent Not Yet Available Cortes Island, BC, Canada Not Yet Available
2015 September 30th to October 4th People of Mountain Longing Online Ottawa Valley, ON, Canada Fourth Session
2015 September 30th to October 4th People of Mountain Longing Online Ottawa Valley, ON, Canada Fourth Session
2015 May 13th to 17th New School at Hollyhock Online Cortes Island, BC, Canada Open for Registration – Second Session
2015 ​October 28th to November 1st New School at Hollyhock Online Cortes Island, BC, Canada Open for Registration – Second Session

If you have any questions, contact us.