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Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity & Soul ~ day-long talk ~ Lostwithiel, Cornwall, UK

August 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A wise death is everyone’s right.​ ​The idea makes no sense in a culture that doesn’t believe in dying, or in limits or endings, at all.​ ​

DAY-LONG TALK by Stephen Jenkinson

When?  Friday, August 11th, 2023 (10am-3pm) – refreshments included

Where? Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0RG

NOTES: Please bring a bagged lunch + No accommodations are available, if you are coming from out of town there are, I’m informed, a variety of wonderful local accommodations available.

Consider attending *A Night of Grief & Mystery* at The Acorn in Penzance on Thursday, August 10th, 2023 *SOLD OUT*

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“Life does not feed life, life is on the receiving end of life, always. It’s death that feeds life. It’s the end of life that gives life a chance. That’s a hard, grown-up kind of comfort.” Stephen Jenkinson​ ​

Dying is the fulfillment, not the end, of life.​ ​ From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over. Especially in the wake of a pandemic.

Here’s the revolution: Dying can be – and must be — the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living.

How you die is the proving ground, the cradle, and the grave for every conviction you may have about justice and mercy, about the meaning of life, about what love should look like and what it should do.

Grief is the radical etiquette needed by a death phobic, grief illiterate time. It’s a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught.

Dying is not the end of wisdom, and wisdom is not exhausted by dying. Dying well is a spiritual obligation, and a moral obligation. 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.’” Especially in the wake of a pandemic.

This session begins to imagine another way of doing so.

Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul is Stephen Jenkinson’s award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life.

All of Stephen’s books can be purchased here or downloaded (some only available via us at Orphan Wisdom)

Video trailer 1: Griefwalker
Video trailer 2: The Meaning of Death

Video trailers of Stephen Jenkinson filmed by Ian Mackenzie.

MORE ABOUT STEPHEN JENKINSON ~ culture activist, worker, author, founder of The Orphan Wisdom School ~

Jenkinson teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, co-founded the school with his wife Nathalie Roy in 2010, convening semi-annually in Deacon, Ontario, and in northern Europe.
He has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work).
He is the author of Reckoning (co-written with Kimberly Ann Johnson (2022), A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work While the Crisis Reigns (2021), Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (2018), the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015 and translated into Hebrew and Turkish), How it All Could Be: A workbook for dying people and those who love them (2009),  and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002).

He was a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007).

Live recorded teachings include Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions (2013), (Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – (2009).

Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker, a lyrical and poetic portrait of his work with dying people. (National Film Board of Canada, 2008, dir. Tim Wilson and since translated into eight languages). Lost Nation Road is a shorter documentary on the crafting of the Nights of Grief and Mystery tours (2019, dir. Ian Mackenzie).

Read more about Stephen at orphanwisdom.com/about


August 11, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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