Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship
August 5, 2018 - August 12, 2018
Apprenticeship went the way of old courtesy in most working environments long ago. But apprenticeship is an old courtesy. It was there in the Mystery Schools, in the guild halls, in any place people were willing to marry discipline to the desire for understanding, to sire purposeful lives, and achieved and contemplative lives that were indivisible from their daily lives.
Discipline: The uncommon rigour of thought and act that you take upon yourself, because of the regard you have for one you propose to learn from.
The Orphan Wisdom apprenticeship is rooted in land and season and a farming life. And so it is rooted in lucid labour.
There will be mornings of exhortation, wonder, eloquence of thought and inquiry. There will be days-long care of plant and animal life. There will be evenings of banquet hall kenning and companionship of the noble and devotional kind. Table fellowship, it used to be called. All of it will serve the days we find ourselves granted and burdened by, and the life and the world out there beyond the farm gate.
Work, by another name. So some degree of physical fitness is recommended.
The duration is only a week, and the numbers will be small, and the inquiry will be dialled in and detailed, and drastic sometimes.
Please serious applicants only. orphanwisdom.com/contact
(Start time 7pm August 5th and closes at noon on following Sunday August 12th- includes meals, not accommodations – local lodging is available)
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 is the subject of Griefwalker, a National Film Board of Canada film (2008). Griefwalker video trailer