2020 Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship

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2020 Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship

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


Whatever you may have clung to by way of a chance that this would proceed, well … we‘ve clung to the same thing. One of the hardest little things, in a season of hard things, has been kind of waiting/kind of deciding to wait to see. And all this has gone on so much longer than we‘d have guessed back in the winter.
So, you know what’s coming next. Stephen wants to proceed with what we planned. It’s my life’s work that I have to decide on. 
There are just too many things we can’t manage, the biggest one being what you get exposed to on the way here, what you’ll expose the rest of us to when you get here. With all of this, we can’t be in the accommodation business – and there’s nowhere else for you to stay out here, nothing beyond camping in the field.  And we can’t be in the business of feeding people sitting together. So, what would be left?
It’s bitter for us to say it, but we’re going to have to pull the plug on these sessions this summer.
We’re going to do something in the manner of Stranger Days, focussed on Die Wise, in the next while. 
We’re just now beginning to reschedule the Grief/Mystery tour for next year in Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and North America.
We’ll be rescheduling the farm apprenticeship and the Die Wise teaching session. 
We’ll let you know about that, too.


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: 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.

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is a culture activist, teacher, author and farmer. https://orphanwisdom.com/about/


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


Orphan Wisdom
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