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Reckon & Wonder: Elderhood, spirit work and building culture in a me-first era ~ A weekend at Rowe Center, MA

February 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - February 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

Reckon & Wonder: Elderhood, spirit work, grief and building culture in a me-first era

Two authors and teachers from different countries and different generations – one known for his work on death, the other known for her work on birth – reckon with the troubles of the times. Unguarded. Sober. Alive. “To be tried at home. With Companions.”

Location/ Host: Rowe Center, 22 Kings Hwy, Rowe, MA 01367

(Rowe asks for proof of covid vaccination)

Date/ Time: February 24-26, 2023 <Sessions: Friday night (7:30pm), Saturday morning 3 hrs, Saturday evening 3hrs, Sunday morning (until noon)>

Registration OPEN!! (Program Cost $400)

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“We are born in dangerous times.  Consider it an affliction, or consider it an assignment.”  — Stephen Jenkinson

“I have been a harbinger to speak about the unspeakable.” — Kimberly Ann Johnson

We are thrilled and proud to invite you to this first-ever weekend with two  extraordinary — and wildly different — teachers.   Stephen, a Canadian with a masters in theology from Harvard, a sometime sheep farmer, sometime recording artist, best known for his work with — and books on — elders and death.  And Kimberly Ann, American, birth doula, Certified Sexual Bodyworker, single mother — whose books, trainings, courses, and blog posts help women access their full sexual expression and bring much-needed help and hope to those preparing to give birth or recovering from the injuries that process often entails.

What do these two have in common?  A refusal to settle for anything less than truth.  A knack for looking past the fog or smog of easy answers. Both are seekers of truth in this world of uncertainty and shadows. They bring awe and wonder, and a dedication to being true, and responsible for our world. Together and separately, they will  reckon with the confounding historical moment we find ourselves in, asking you to consider what it will take to live a life that is  “unguarded, sober, and alive,”

Together they wrote and published Reckoning (2022). Purchase the book here


Kimberly Johnson is an author, postpartum care activist, trauma educator, structural bodyworker and mother. A sought-after practitioner and lead authority in postpartum health, Johnson has been working hands-on in integrative women’s health and trauma recovery for more than a decade. She is the author of the recent Call of the Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken Our Own Power and Use it for Good as well as the early mothering classic, The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality. She is the host of the Sex Birth Trauma podcast, where her collaboration with Stephen Jenkinson first took root, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Vogue, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Harper’s Bazaar, Today.com and many more. https://kimberlyannjohnson.com/

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, is an author, culture activist, ceremonialist, father and farmer. He 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 has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is a former programme director in a major Canadian hospital and former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school. He is the author of several books including the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work in a Time of Trouble, How It All Could Be and Money and the Soul’s Desires: A Meditation. Stephen is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada feature length film documentary, Griefwalker and Lost Nation Road is a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a soulful mystery train called Nights of Grief and Mystery. He continues to tour the world, with singer/ songwriter Gregory Hoskins, with their odes to wonder, love letters for the willingness to know endings. https://orphanwisdom.com/


February 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
February 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
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Orphan Wisdom


The Rowe Center
22 Kings Hwy
Rowe, MA 01367 United States
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