Safe or Sound: your questions and my quandries ~ Myocum, AUS
May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill. ” Stephen Jenkinson
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 (7-9pm)
Host: Lelli and Nirado
Venue: 42 Bilin Lane, Myocum,NSW 2481, Australia
Entry by donation or as they say in the parts that Stephen hails from PWYC (pay what you can).
(A facebook event has been set up but this email is to ensure Stephen’s invitation is extended to those who do not participate in the book of face)
The hall has limited seating so please arrive well in time to assure your place. Please bring with you cushions and blankets as you need to make yourself comfortable. There are some back-jacks and chairs in the hall.
Please bring your own water bottle and or thermos of warm beverage.
As this is located on a private community, please be respectful of the residents. Car pool where possible as parking space is limited.
Entry to Bilin Road from McAuleys Lane.
(Know this one thing however that although the venue is 95% certain, as is the nature of pop-up events, things may change at the last minute, so please keep your eyes on messages and updates in case of such eventuality)
Greetings from Stephen to all you who gathered in the Community Hall on Stradbroke Island. And a specific invitation to any who live or find themselves in cooee of Mullumbimby. Stephen, has laid an offer at our feet that we host some manner of pop-up evening event in gratitude for the grace and welcome extended to him in these parts.
“Your grace this past week raises gratitude in me. So : an evening for your questions and my quandries” – Stephen Jenkinson.
We have sprung into action and are teasing out the threads and weaving them together that they might form a cloth worthy of being laid before him and you. To this end we invite you to join us tomorrow evening, Tuesday 14th from 7 til 9pm at the Hall at 42 Bilin Lane, Myocum, for an intimate, limited seat, pop-up event that might extend the conversation, the wondering, the being troubled and the learning that Stephen invited us to begin.
Until, all willing, we gather again to continue this conversation.
Lelli & Nirado
Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble by Stephen Jenkinson | book video trailer
The sages seem to be departing. Elections enthrone Change, that’s all. The tribal lines deepen. And there’s the weather, and the waters. The appearance of it all is this: We’d rather be defeated than persuaded. Perhaps we will be.
In a time like this, contemplation tethered to the troubled world is courageous.
Contemplative sorrow: that’s the kind that is willing to learn the trouble of its time in a way that principled anxiety is not. Contemplation worthy of the troubled time: that is something to bequeath to the young among us. Unvanquished give-a-shit: that is something the old among us might be nourished to see.
“Elders are a sentinel species for humanness, and like other forms of life in our corner of the world they’ve mysteriously gone missing. Young people are, often involuntarily, looking for them, and they can’t find them. How about this: old people are looking for them too. ..Stephen is making the case for elderhood, not for easy agedness mostly by wondering what happened. Because something happened. Something happened to ancestors and elders and honour.
Trade faith and hope for a stranger love of life, one that befriends the darkening sky by learning it. We might yet craft an eloquence that serves the terrible beauty we are about to bequeath to the young. Consequence, after all, is the true companion of grown ups. The Making of Humans video clip
There’s work to be done, and there’s an old wisdom to be learned where there used to be the wisdom of old.”