class 4: When first we contemplated the making of a school for learning in real time, for elders in training, for those who will despite all cyphering fail to live forever, we laughed at ourselves: Why would anyone come to a school that promises no enlightenment, no empowerment, no personalized transmission from the great beyond, no instruction for the inner child, no continuing ed credits? Why would they come to a staggering little farm tucked into a sandy wrinkle between an iron rich river and a stoney upheaval hoping still to become a mountain, camp in the dewy fields, eat under all manner of weather, after hours of harangue and exhortation that goes deep into the night?
Well, we are still not certain why they came, but come they did. And so the brave little barque of that first Orphan Wisdom School class has itself made a few offspring, and one of them is on the other side of the continent. In those early days we held fast to the conviction that we were in the village making business, and because of this and other considerations we rarely opened the doors to new scholars. It was a little heart breaking to guard the door in that way, and to ask eager people to wait until we could manage the epic practical considerations well enough to build another brave boat of principle and detailed purpose in a troubled time.
We have done all of that, and so this is to let you know that a new class of the Orphan Wisdom School is hereby announced, opened and offered. This new class will have as its home our farm in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario, Canada. As all classes before this have had their honorific names, so now this class will be known from this day as The People of Mountain Longing. The first meeting of The People of Mountain Longing will be April 23-27,2014. As with all other classes, you will be asked to commit yourselves to four sessions, two per year, as a beginning. Please take that commitment seriously. We will, too. The subsequent classes will be October 1-5, 2014, April 22-26, 2015 and September 30-October 4, 2015. Following the fall 2015 meeting there will be a class established for graduates of the first four sessions, commencing in the spring of 2016, should we all be spared and blessed. That is where our learning together will begin to be tethered to something vast and thrilled with purpose.
As before, we ask you to apply individually for the registration package and information via the Orphan Wisdom website. There you will receive the particulars regarding fees, accommodations and the rest. Please note that no syllabus will be sent until registration form and fees have been received. You are encouraged to read through our website, with particular reference to the descriptions of previous classes. This will have to be the basis of your deciding to attend, as no other hints about content, process and the rest exist anywhere. If you wish to study with Stephen Jenkinson, the Orphan Wisdom School is the place to do so.
If you are interested in joining The Orphan Wisdom School, please contact us and we will send you an information and registration form.
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