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April 2020

POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Portland, ME

April 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Brattleboro, VT

April 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Stone Church, 210 Main St
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ New York City, NY

April 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Theatre 80, 80 St Marks Place
New York City, NY 10003 United States
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Berkeley, CA

April 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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Ghosts & Rough Gods & Dark Road Dreams: A Daylong Teaching

April 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
David Brower Center (Tamalpais Room), 2150 Allston Way, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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For genuine citizens of a sombre hour The day is for pondering community making and contending well with hopelessness, for conjuring a land-aware, conscious life and for learning grief without grievance, for making matrimony and love and beauty and wisdom, and for doing the business of citizenship in strange days. Order tickets online now. Full description: GHOSTS AND ROUGH GODS AND DARK ROAD DREAMS As predicted, the kids are coming downtown from the psychic suburbs now, looking for a good…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Hood River, OR

April 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031 United States
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Astoria, OR

April 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Astoria Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street
Astoria, OR 97103 United States
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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May 2020

POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ OUR Ecovillage, BC

May 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W2 Canada
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Qualicum Beach, BC

May 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Village Theatre, 110 W 2nd Ave
Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1S8 Canada
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Gabriola Island, BC

May 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Haven, 240 Davis Road
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X1 Canada
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Salt Spring Island, BC

May 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ArtSpring, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Demmitt, AB

May 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Demmitt Hall, 745010 RR 132
Demmitt, AB T0H 2C0 Canada
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Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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POSTPONED: 2020 Nights of Grief & Mystery – Rough Gods World Tour ~ Calgary, AB

May 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would…

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Orphan Wisdom School: People Come From Away ~ overseas class (4/4)

May 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - May 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am
St. David’s Bunk Barn, Carn-Nwchwn Farm
St. Davids, Wales SA62 6QN United Kingdom
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This session is for Orphan Wisdom School scholars who have come to be known as 'Those Come From Away'.  SESSION 1 of 4: May 17th-21st, 2017 in Llanrhian, Wales, UK SESSION 2 of 4: May 30th-June 3rd, 2018 in Árneshreppur, Iceland SESSION 3 of 4: May 22nd-26th, 2019 in Llanrhian, Wales, UK SESSION 4 of 4: May 24th-28th, 2020 St. David's, Wales, UK led by Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, Founder and Principal Instructor of The Orphan Wisdom School. NOTE this is a closed class,…

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July 2020

Die Wise, While There is Still Such a Thing as Wisdom

July 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - July 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Orphan Wisdom Golden Lake (Deacon), Ontario K0J1X0 Canada + Google Map

This is not a training, not a qualification, not something you might get for yourself instead of the standard schooling. This is disqualification. This is something you might get for yourself because of your standard schooling. This is disillusion of the stoutest kind. Linger over 'disillusion', though, and you might catch the spirit of radical investigation, relentless uncertainty, naked wonder, that will inform our meeting. You might in these few days together find a willingness to get out from under what brought…

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2020 Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship

July 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - July 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Orphan Wisdom Golden Lake (Deacon), Ontario K0J1X0 Canada + Google Map

Tuesday July 14th - Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at Orphan Wisdom, Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada - 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, achieved and contemplative lives that were indivisible from their daily lives. Discipline: The uncommon rigour of…

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August 2020

Orphan Wisdom School: Big Tent ~ graduate class

August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - August 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Orphan Wisdom Golden Lake (Deacon), Ontario K0J1X0 Canada + Google Map

The annual session for those Orphan Wisdom School scholars who have come to be known as 'graduate scholars'.  Led by Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, Founder and Principal Instructor of The Orphan Wisdom School. NOTE this is a closed class, open only to Big Tent graduate scholars. Please contact us if you would like to be added to our new school class notification list.

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January 2021

Die Wise, While There is Still Such a Thing as Wisdom

January 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - January 31, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

This is not a training, not a qualification, not something you might get for yourself instead of the standard schooling. This is disqualification. This is something you might get for yourself because of your standard schooling. This is disillusion of the stoutest kind. Linger over 'disillusion', though, and you might catch the spirit of radical investigation, relentless uncertainty, naked wonder, that will inform our meeting. You might in these few days together find a willingness to get out from under what brought…

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February 2021

Come of Age: Meditations from the World Tree, Withered

February 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - February 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble ~ In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species. "Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill."  The sages seem to be departing. Elections enthrone Change, that’s all. The tribal lines deepen.  And there's the weather, and the waters. The appearance…

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March 2021

Cantos from the Dark Road

March 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - March 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

As predicted, the kids are coming downtown from the psychic suburbs now, looking for a good time, looking for something like a tribe to belong to, looking for someone to blame. They are driven there by a sense that it might be too late now, that nobody seems to know but them that the sky is falling. There's not much that surprises. Older people around them feel impugned or distracted or paralyzed, feel shamed by the darkening sky, feel left behind.…

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July 2021

2021 Orphan Wisdom Apprenticeship

July 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - July 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Orphan Wisdom Golden Lake (Deacon), Ontario K0J1X0 Canada + Google Map

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, 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…

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