Die Wise, A Talk with Stephen Jenkinson
Monday, November 13, 2017
German Cultural Centre, Saskatoon
9:30 am to 4:30 pm, lunch included / Doors open at 9 am
New Price Announcement October 25th
$100 for everyone, or 2 for $150.
Purchase deadline November 5th
Die Wise, A Manifesto for Sanity & Soul with Stephen Jenkinson is not just for the dying, for the families of the dying, and the workers who hold space for the dying. This experience is initiatory healing for everyone. This event is for remembering and learning to live fully alive now.
“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.” – Stephen Jenkinson
We are building a village in Saskatoon with all members present, from our newest to our eldest, bringing initiation and initiatory healing into focus through the stages and events of our lives, as a way of gathering us for remembering and learning village heart and skills, conscious healing and co-creating with our nature, together.
We have a new price for Die Wise, A Manifesto for Sanity & Souls to reflect our intentions to bring as many people together as possible in this spirit. Stephen Jenkinson is a rare teacher with much to bring to help us shift.
PER PERSON – $100, ALL AGES
OR, TWO PEOPLE (2) FOR $150
If you have already purchased a ticket, you may top up to $150 to add a friend, and each come for $75. If you have paid more than $100 for yourself, you may request a refund for the difference, or contribute the extra to the scholarship fund to help make the event accessible to someone else.
Purchase online https://www.picatic.com/diewisewithstephenjenkinson
Service charges apply.
-OR, WITHOUT SERVICE CHARGES
To purchase directly from CHI by cash, cheque or e-transfer without service charges please email email@example.com to initiate the purchase. For those without email, please call Patti at 306-229-1978.
Address for mailing or dropping off cheques is 2407 Kelvin Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7J 0T4
(Patti’s home, near the exhibition grounds in Saskatoon)
Some partial scholarships are available.
$50 is required hold your space, along with a response to the three questions below. Scholarship donations will be divided among the scholarship applicants as of November 6th.
To apply, send your deposit and responses the questions to Patti, firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you hope to take away from this experience for yourself?
How are you positioned in our community and life at this time?
How do you imagine paying your healing forward into our world, your family, and your service?
DETAILS FOR THE DAY, AND SOME INSIGHT INTO OUR TEACHER AND HIS MEDICINE
This is a day-long talk, with lunch included, with Stephen Jenkinson, author of several books, including Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity & Soul, and the subject of the film “Griefwalker”. It is presented by the Community Healing Initiative (CHI) and sponsored by Wholife Journal.
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. As well as being the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School, he is also the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.
“Dying well is not a matter of enlightened self-interest or personal preference. Dying well must become an obligation that living people and dying people owe to each other and to those to come.”
Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well.
Not a seven step coping strategy, not an out-clause for trauma or sorrow, Die Wise is for everyone who, hell or high water, is not going to pull off eternity after all. Dying is not the end of wisdom and wisdom not exhausted by dying.
Dying could be and must be the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living. It’s a moral obligation to die well.”
Here’s a taste of Stephen’s medicine:
“If you have ever seen a counselor or therapist you know that the focus seems to go automatically to your childhood and your parents, or to your personal style or lack of it, or to your ideas and your conjured personal myths. It goes automatically to you. The reality that psychology and self help grant you is the reality between your ears, as they say, your interior life, your Own True Self.
At the end of the counseling session you are released back into the sorrows and consternations and, yes, madnesses of the culture that went a long way towards giving you your personal limp and ache in the first place, a culture as utterly unchanged by your personal improvement as it was inured to your personal misfortune.
In a culture like ours, so unsure of itself, so without a shared understanding of life for its people, there are subtle, enduring consequences that look like personal inadequacy, failure of will, inability or unwillingness to live deeply. But what I’ve seen over twenty five years of working with people convinces me that these problems or struggles are not bad psychology, worse parenting or lousy personality development.
What we suffer from most is culture failure, amnesia of ancestry and deep family story, phantom or sham rites of passage, no instruction on how to live with each other or with the world around us or with our dead or with our history.
Any counsel worthy of the name should have culture at its core. Any counsel worthy of the name should begin to make a place in personal life for the rumoured, scattered story of who you come from, where, and why. Counsel well done and honest makes a home for the orphan wisdom of personal life in the life of the world. It tries to ask the questions that the Sufi poet Rumi asked of himself eight centuries ago, and it tries to answer them:
All day long I think about it, and at night I say it: Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? Who hears with my ear, and speaks with my tongue? And what is the soul?
Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Not a seven step coping strategy, not an out-clause for trauma or sorrow, Die Wise is for everyone who, hell or high water, is not going to pull off eternity after all.
Dying is not the end of wisdom and wisdom not exhausted by dying. Dying could be and must be the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living. It’s a moral obligation to die well. 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.
Dying well is not a matter of enlightened self-interest or personal preference. Dying well must become an obligation that living people and dying people owe to each other and to those to come.”
For people coming from out of town, very affordable accommodations are available at Ancient Spirals Retreat, 15 minutes south of Saskatoon. There are bedrooms, cots, and a large room with mattresses, as well as a couple of sofas. There is a full kitchen with fridge, three bathrooms and 2 showers. It is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River with stunning views and lots of nature.
Die Wise A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Stephen Jenkinson’s latest book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Published by North Atlantic Books, it is a 2015 Nautilus Award Winner.
Pick up a copy at Twig & Squirrel’s Wild Goods, 504 20th Street, Saskatoon $23.95
For more information about Stephen Jenkinson and his work, visit http://www.orphanwisdom.com
Thank you to Melva Armstrong and WHOLifE Journal and to Twig & Squirrel’s Wild Goods for their partnership in the spirit of village.