Die Wise – A night of grief, mystery and orphan wisdom for a troubled time is an evening talk with activist, author and Founder of The Orphan Wisdom school, Stephen Jenkinson. This featured series of Die Wise evening talks has been generously grant funded to support the launch of Stephen’s new book, Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, as well as for helping to introduce his work and teachings to new audiences. Join Stephen for this evening talk where he will share his stories and insights on grief, dying, and the great love of life.
Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Time: 7-9:30 PM
Location: Berkeley, California
Venue: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Cost: General Admission $15 / At the Door $20
Tickets: Purchase online in advance below or at the door if available
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About Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Stephen Jenkinson’s new book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Not a seven step coping strategy, not an out-clause for trauma or sorrow, Die Wise is for everyone who, come hell or high water, is not going to pull off eternity after all. Dying is not the end of wisdom and wisdom not exhausted by dying. Dying could be and must be the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living. It’s a moral obligation to die well. If you love somebody, if you care about the world that’s to come after you, if you want somebody to be spared the lunacy of what you’ve seen, you’ve got to die wise. This evening begins to imagine a way of doing so.
Note: Pre-sale ticket sales have ended and though there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.
About Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
Stephen is an activist, author and Founder 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 (Published by North Atlantic Books. March 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 former contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007). Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008), a lyrical, visually lush and scripturally poetic portrait of his work with dying people.
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.
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