Monday, November 23rd, 2015 (7 – 9pm)
VENUE: ACTA CENTRE, Gladstone Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 3AY
TICKET: Eventbrite ticket link: GBP10
HOST: Chris Richards, One Planet Bristol firstname.lastname@example.org
Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Stephen Jenkinson’s new book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Published by North Atlantic Books (March 2015). Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008), a lyrical, poetic portrait of his work with dying people.
“If you get to something like old age and if you don’t retire, you are one sure thing in a storm tossed life, and an old tree that could give shade for the young ones to rest beneath.”
A talk for anyone desiring to be useful to those now inheriting an endangered and often dangerous world. It is for young folk too. Maybe together we can replace retirement with esteemed elder-hood.
watch video: The Making of Humans
There are those whose life asks them by crisis or job description or great change to begin learning the techniques of helping others in the perils of keeping a common humanity alive and well. For them I have made teachings specifically for understanding grief, or for the care of dying people. There are those who ask to learn how to make things of good use and beauty, things that have great stories attached, and for them I have made workshops teaching handmade skills.
Sometimes there are people who ask for the Story that tethers the stories together, who are lovers of questions, who look to the branch or the trunk or the root – and some even to the earth – of how it is, in that way yearning towards how it all could be. For these people I have made a caravan of teachings that trace something of the nap of the world, that are steeped in the Older Life, that have a fine love for the slower, elegant cadence of learning things well. Like that whorl in the down of a newborn’s crown this way of teaching spirals around the Great Mysteries, crosses paths with the Old Histories, and binds our little life span to something vast and enduring.
About Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
spiritual activist, teacher, author
Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture.
He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015), Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching (2013), How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – a live recorded teaching (2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002), and contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007).
The Orphan Wisdom School is for anyone with a desire to be useful to those who will inherit an endangered and often dangerous world. It is for those who have an instinct and a desire to be an ancestor worthy of being claimed. It is for those wishing to learn something of the skills of grace in a graceless time, of mentorship and fierce and exemplary compassion. It is for elders in training. learn more…
Die Wise Video Trailer
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