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Soirée with Stephen Jenkinson ~ conversation + music, Tel Aviv, Israel
June 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - June 3, 2023 @ 9:45 pm
Shutafim Lamasa invites you to various events from June 1st-10th.
Grand Opening Event at Cinema City Glilot, Tel Aviv
Part of the Soirée will be devoted to an in-person conversation and Q&A, part of the evening will be given over to story & song.
Stephen’s visit to Israel will begin with an evening event that will be a live television broadcast. He will be interviewed by the well-known TV host Kobi Midan. There will be simultaneous translation into Hebrew.
In the second part of the evening is devoted to ‘A Night of Grief & Mystery’ which Stephen created with the musician and singer/ songwriter Gregory Hoskins.
This Soirée will have the mark of our time upon it, and it’ll be timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.
– 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 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 (2015). His newest book is co-authored with American birth activist, Kimberly Ann Johnson, Reckoning (2022) and he’s written A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work while the Crisis Reigns (2021), Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (2018), How It All Could Be (2009) and Money and the Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). Stephen is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada feature length film documentary Griefwalker, and Lost Nation Road, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the wheelhouse of a mystery train. His Nights of Grief and Mystery world tours, with singer/ songwriter Gregory Hoskins, are odes to wonder, love letters for the willingness to know endings. https://orphanwisdom.com/
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. This extraordinary film portrait reveals some of the cultural and spiritual roots that continue to shape his teachings. Jenkinson asks,”What does it take to fall in love with being alive?”, and the answer that he offers, both unwelcome and vitally necessary, is, “Being willing to see the end of what you love.”
Video Clip Film available as download with Hebrew subtitles.
Stephen and Gregory have been exploring the intersection of their artistic work for 8 years, across 3 continents, hundreds of shows, through 3 recordings and 2 short films. Their 2023 world tour dates will bring A Night of Grief and Mystery to audiences across Canada and the U.S., to Scandinavia, Israel and Australia. It is now as it was in the beginning; the two of them, a singer and a storyteller and they’re bringing their Night to:
Stephen is the author of an award-winning book, which is now translated. Click here to purchase the Hebrew translation (‘למות חכם’) – Translated by Noa Barekett.
Die Wise~A Manifesto for Sanity & Soul – video trailer
Gregory Hoskins ~ singer/ songwriter musician
Hoskins was signed to True North Records in 1990 and released three albums with The Stickpeople during the 1990s. He opened for The Indigo Girls, The Nevile Brothers, Sarah McLachlan, Rickie Lee Jones, and Odetta. He has been an independent artist since 1996, and during that time has released six solo albums and contributing vocals to concerts with The Art of Time Ensemble and a recording with The Henrys. He has also shared the stage or studio with Hawksley Workman, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Serena Ryder. Other projects have included work with Debajemuhjig Theatre on Manitoulin for time, and writing and recording songs with women in prison. He did a number of shows with guitarist, mandolin player and singer-songwriter Kevin Breit.
more at https://orphanwisdom.com/