Stephen Jenkinson and Gregory Hoskins – Oceania Tour 2017. Stephen is a Harvard Educated Theologian, Culture Activist, founder of The Orphan Wisdom School, author of DIE WISE: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, and subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Griefwalker. Die Wise, is Stephen’s new book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. He comes with teachings of the ramshackling kind, about honour and grace under pressure, about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance, about the withering World Tree, about how we might learn our darkening times. And there will be concerts too, because he has Gregory Hoskins to lend his music and his road-tested grace to the cause. These evenings will be part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there; that’s what’s in store.
Picture it: A storyteller. A band. An evening of mongrel sorrow, dappled by magic and wonder, fringed with regard for the gift of the tongue, harkening and hortatory and bardic and greying, steeped in mortal mystery, uprooted from its uncertain home in the North of America and cast divination-style like bones on a dusty proving ground down under. What would you call such a thing? Tour, dates, locations, teaching descriptions and ticket purchase links below.
Die Wise – Video Trailer With lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever. Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a birthright and a debt. Die Wise dreams such a dream, and plots such an uprising. How we die, how we care for dying people, and how we carry our dead: this work makes our village life, or breaks it.
For years Harvard Educated Culture Activist, Stephen Jenkinson headed the counselling team of Canada’s largest home-based palliative care programme. He was assistant professor at a prominent medical school. Working with hundreds of dying people and their families, care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers, he witnessed a ‘wretched anxiety’ at the end of life, and paid professionals stymied by it all. His inquiry led him to examine the dominant culture.
The documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada) was made about his work. He taught what he saw and learned. Then he wrote about it all. In 2010 Stephen founded of The Orphan Wisdom School.
The 2015 tour for the award winning book DIE WISE: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul brought Stephen’s work to audiences around the world. People came, jammed doorways and stood on chairs and lingered long afterwards, unwilling it seemed to go back to a home unchanged by an unlikely evening of mortal mystery. The tour has continued through all of 2016, and shows no sign of coming to its senses.
Nothing in what Stephen does, conjured in one little corner of this world, seems to favour translation to anywhere else, not to him. Nevertheless, invitations cross the threshold, and the honour is his, and the troubles of these days seem to ask that once in a while he goes out again beyond where he might belong.
|Saturday February 25th, 2017: 07:00 PM||Adelaide, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Sunday February 26th, 2017: 10:00 AM||Adelaide, Australia||DIE WISE teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Saturday March 4th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Melbourne, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Sunday March 5th, 2017: 10:00 AM||Melbourne, Australia||Old Time: Learning Elderhood Teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Tuesday March 7th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Melbourne, Australia||Sanity and Soul: Grief and Climate Change, by Author/ Activist Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Saturday March 11th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Auckland, New Zealand||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Sunday March 12th, 2017: 10:00 AM||Auckland, New Zealand||Die Wise Teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Tuesday March 14th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Newcastle, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Wednesday March 15th, 2017: 6:30 PM||Blue Mountains, Australia||Old Time: Learning Elderhood Teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Thursday March 16th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Blue Mountains, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Friday March 17th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Sydney, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Saturday March 18th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Hobart, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Sunday March 19th, 2017 10:00 AM||Hobart, Australia||Die Wise Teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Tuesday March 21st, 2017: 7:00 PM||Gold Coast, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Wednesday March 22nd, 2017: 10:00 AM||Brisbane, Australia||Die Wise Teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Thursday March 23rd, 2017 7:00 PM||Brisbane, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Friday March 24th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Bangalow, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Saturday & Sunday March 25-26th, 2017: 10:00 AM||Coorabell, Australia||Old Time Learning Elderhood Teaching by Stephen Jenkinson||Purchase Online|
|Tuesday March 28th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Yandina, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Thursday March 30th, 2017: 7:00 PM||Perth, Australia||Night of Grief & Mystery Concert||Purchase Online|
|Wednesday April 5, 2017 to April 9, 2017||Bali, Indonesia||At the Foot of the World Tree Withered||Purchase Online||N/A|
DIE WISE Teaching: “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 – 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, 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, and if you want somebody to be spared the lunacy of what you’ve seen – you’ve got to die wise.”
Old Time Learning Elderhood Teaching: “Getting older is inevitable. Getting to be an elder is not. “ This is for anyone with a desire to be useful to those now inheriting an endangered and often dangerous world, those who have an instinct and a desire to be an ancestor worth claiming. Think of it as a radical training in elder-hood in an almost elderless time, for people of all ages. Imagine a future that replaces retirement with esteemed elderhood, where young people receive real recognition of their worth and purpose in life and a living example of enduring discernment and courage for the hard and often empty times that are upon us all. Stephen believes the esteem of parents and friends can only go so far: Elders must bring the rest. Grandparents who are grand not only for their children’s children, but for all the young ones, whose grandness comes from having wrangled wisdom from experience, from becoming more elder, more than senior citizen. Grandparents now must be elders even – especially – when no one asks it of them. Come contemplate something of the skills of grace in a graceless time, of mentorship and true teaching, of fierce and exemplary grief and compassion.
Sanity and Soul: Grief and Climate Change Teaching: “The question is not ‘are we going to fail?’ The question is ‘how?’ The question is what shall be the manner of our inability to care for what was entrusted to us?” Stephen Jenkinson was invited to speak at an event called Wisdom Working for Climate Change. The evening drew a mixed crowd of young and old(er), some who had attended teachings by Stephen, and many who were likely seeing him for the first time. Filmmaker and Activist, Ian MacKenzie said “I’ll admit: the subject matter isn’t what you’d necessarily call a “big draw” – given the now obvious cascade of environmental and social disruption that has come to characterize our collective discourse. The only “possible” antidote that one might seek is a great beacon of hope. Stephen thankfully, offered neither. Instead, he tackles the unspoken elephant head on: is it too late to change our course? with a far more compelling proposition.”Jenkinson says that “Grief requires of us that we know what time we’re in. And the great enemy of grief is hope. The basic proposition of hope is: you hope for something that ain’t. You don’t hope for something that is. It’s always future oriented, which means, hope is inherently intolerable of the present. The present is never good enough. Our time requires of us to be hope free. To burn through the false choice between hopeful and hopeless… it’s the same con job. We don’t require hope to proceed. We require grief to proceed.”
The Making of Humans
The Meaning of Death
More information about the Orphan Wisdom School at https://www.orphanwisdom.com
“A night of being bathed in sound, tendrils of song winding through the words of a steward of deep wonder; at times a distant wail, and then a love song breathed right into the ear. These two skilled practitioners of rhythm could teach a stone to swim…” ~ AS
“I had no idea what lay ahead of me, apart from my naive expectations. With a heavy heart that Mr. Cohen’s days in person are now gone, I sat quietly, with a bit of a childlike curiosity and excitement to be in a dark room, with piercing words hung gently on musical notes – with a precision so accurate, my breath was stopped many a time. This was big. Everything about it. To me – Magical. Enlightening. Piercing. There is a brilliance that shone that late Saturday night – and I pray that the light continues to shine for many many nights to come. Bravo. Hearts Broken. Hearts Mended. All on one Dark, Luminous Night.” ~ RB
“A rich and powerfully nuanced evening woven together by deep storytelling, wondering and music. I laughed , I cried and watched as the night unfolded, a room full of strangers, that perhaps by the end of he evening, did not feel so much like strangers anymore. What Stephen and Gregory were able to conjure is something rare and mysterious. A true gift…” ~ ZD
“Toss all the big questions up in air and then listen to masterful and wise wonderings offered by Stephen Jenkinson and echoed in the rhythmic musings of Gregory Hoskins. An evening like no other and not to be missed” ~ BB
Listen to Stephen’s interview with Dr. Rachael Kohn on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for more insights about his work.
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