Griefwalker Film Screening ~ Vienna, Austria

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Griefwalker Film Screening ~ Vienna, Austria

June 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

VIENNA, Austria: Wednesday, June 6th (17:00-19:30pm)
GRIEFWALKER (Film screening will have German subtitles and Stephen’s talk will be in English.)
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Venue: Votiv Kino, Währinger Str. 12, 1090 Wien, Austria
Contact person: Ulrike Reimann / EmotionsKultur / / +43-720-115694
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(Consider attending the weekend teaching in Brno, Czechia – June 9th &  June 10th)

Stephen Jenkinson is the subject of Griefwalker, a National Film Board of Canada film, directed by Tim Wilson (2008).  video trailer 
is a lyrical, poetic portrait of  Stephen’s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve year period, Griefwalker shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counselling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the film’s director while paddling a birch bark canoe about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die. ‘Griefwalker’ (not yet the version with German subtitles) film can be downloaded here

Griefwalker ist ein poetisches Werk  über Stephen Jenkinson’s Arbeit mit Sterbenden. Gefilmt über einen Zeitraum von 12 Jahren, zeigt der Film Jenkinson während  er  Ärzte und Krankenschwestern unterrichtet , bei Gesprächen mit Sterbenden und ihren Familien und in meditativen, aufrichtigen Gesprächen mit dem Regisseur – während sie in einem Kanu aus Birkenrinde rudern – über die Herkunft und Konsequensen seiner Ansichten: darüber wie wir leben und wie wir sterben.

BRNO, Czechia: June 8-10th
DIE WISE: SANITY & SOUL by Stephen Jenkinson in Brno, Czechia
(includes public Griefwalker film screening 17:00- 19:30 on Friday, June 8th, followed by 2 sessions on Saturday (10:00-16:00, and on Sunday 9:30-12:00)
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Die Wise A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul is Stephen’s book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. (2015 Nautilus Award Winner  video link)

Dying well is not a matter of enlightened self-interest or personal preference. Dying well must become an obligation that living people and dying people owe to each other and to those to come. 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, 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.

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW Spiritual Activist, 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 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 program 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 (a book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life, released March 2015), How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them(2009) and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). He was also a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies(2007).

Stephen Jenkinson’s new book COME OF AGE: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble is scheduled to be released in July 3rd, 2018.


June 6, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Votiv Kino
Währinger Str. 12
Vienna, 1090 Austria


Orphan Wisdom