An evening talk for friends, families, parents and grandparents about the need for eldership, not just retirees.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre, 1983 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, BC
“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.” ~Stephen Jenkinson
Young people need and deserve 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. The esteem of parents and friends can only go so far: elders must bring the rest. Grandparents must be grand not only for their children’s children, but for all the young ones coming into the world now. Their status as grand people comes from having wrangled wisdom from experience, and from having become elders more than senior citizens. Grandparents must now be elders even – especially – when no one asks it of them.
This is a talk for elders. It is for anyone with a desire to be useful to those now inheriting an endangered and often dangerous world. It is for those who have an instinct and a desire to be an ancestor worth being claimed, worth coming from. We will learn something of the skills of grace in a graceless time, of mentorship and true teaching, of fierce and exemplary compassion. We will coax wisdom from old experience, and maybe we can replace retirement with esteemed elder-hood.
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Stephen Jenkinson is a sought after educator and workshop leader, and his work has been featured in national radio and television documentaries on care of the dying and rites of passage. He is also the subject of Griefwalker (2008), a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film , a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen’s work with dying people. Griefwalker shows Stephen teaching the redemptive power of deep love for life, when life glimpses its end. He lives beside an old river in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.
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