Venue: The Rowe Centre, 22 Kings Highway, PO Box 273, Rowe, MA 01367
Dec 1-3 weekend teaching
Dying can be – and must be — the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living. Discover what death can be with Stephen, who is revolutionizing our experiences of grief and dying.
For Stephen, how you die is the proving ground, the cradle, and the grave for every conviction you may have about justice and mercy, about the meaning of life, about what love should look like and what it should do. Stephen has worked with dying people and their families for two decades, with nurses and caregivers in and outside of the medical context.
Explore with him what he has learned about the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Discover why dying is not the end of wisdom and why wisdom is not exhausted by dying. Learn why dying well is not only a spiritual obligation, says Stephen, “but also a moral obligation….If you love somebody, if you care about the world that’s to come after you, if you want somebody to be spared the lunacy of what you’ve seen, you’ve got to ‘die wise.’” This weekend you will begin to imagine a new way of doing so.
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW Spiritual Activist, Author
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
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