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2020 Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship

July 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - July 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

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Tuesday July 14th – Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at Orphan Wisdom, Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada – Apprenticeship went the way of old courtesy in most working environments long ago. But apprenticeship is an old courtesy. It was there in the Mystery Schools, in the guild halls, in any place people were willing to marry discipline to the desire for understanding, to sire purposeful lives, achieved and contemplative lives that were indivisible from their daily lives. Discipline: The uncommon rigour of thought and act that you take upon yourself, because of the regard you have for one you propose to learn from.

The Orphan Wisdom apprenticeship is rooted in land and season and a farming life. And so it is rooted in lucid labour. There will be mornings of exhortation, wonder, eloquence of thought and inquiry. There will be days-long care of plant and animal life. There will be evenings of banquet hall kenning and companionship of the noble and devotional kind. Table fellowship, it used to be called. All of it will serve the days we find ourselves granted and burdened by, and the life and the world out there beyond the farm gate. Work, by another name. So some degree of physical fitness is recommended. The duration is only a week, and the numbers will be small, and the inquiry will be dialled in and detailed, and drastic sometimes. This is an apprenticeship at the foot of the withering World Tree, for young folk and old folk, for elders in training.

Registration: Start time 7pm Tuesday July 14th and ends at noon on Sunday July 19. Includes meals from Wednesday breakfast until and including Sunday breakfast, does not include accommodations. To inquire about registration or to inquire about staying in the guesthouse here please contact us.

* There is a cancellation/ refund policy that reflects this commitment, as it reflects the fact that a secured place for you means someone else remains on a waitlist.

The apprenticeship continues to be one of the most consequential and meaningful weeks I’ve ever experienced. So grateful for all the work that you and Stephen are doing. PD of NYC, 2018 Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is an activist, teacher, author and farmer. He has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. He is a former programme director and medical- school assistant professor. He is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada documentary film, Griefwalker (2008). video trailer. He teaches internationally. With his wife, Nathalie Roy, Jenkinson founded the Orphan Wisdom School in 2010, which convenes in Ontario, Canada and in various places in northern Europe. He is the author of Come of Age: The case for elderhood in a time of trouble (2018) video trailer, Die Wise: A manifesto for sanity and soul (2015) video trailer, How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009) and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A meditation (2002) video trailer. He was also a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007). Since 2017 he has, with composer/ singer Gregory Hoskins, crafted and performed Nights of Grief and Mystery in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe and North America.


July 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
July 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
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Orphan Wisdom


Orphan Wisdom
Golden Lake (Deacon), Ontario K0J1X0 Canada + Google Map