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People of Silver & Salt - Orphan Wisdom School

May 14 - 18, 2014

Presented by: Stephen Jenkinson

  • Spiritual Development


Contemplate the deep poverties and profound possibilities of our time and re-establish the grief and love soaked ties to life, home and village. This is the final session of a two-year project of personal ancestral learning and cultural redemption for those who intend to leave a better day for those to come. It is a school that requires no previous experience with living people, dying people or dead people – though you do have experience with all of them – and no particular employment, religion, educational standard or way of life. It is open to every shape, persuasion, style, language and hue of person with a heart inclined for opening and learning. Each of us deserve the chance to learn something deep, alive, human, urgent and mandatory. This is at the heart of the Orphan Wisdom School.

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, Spiritual Activist, Teacher, Author, Storyteller, Ceremonialist, Farmer

Stephen Jenkinson has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work).

He's been apprenticed to a master storyteller, he worked with dying people and their families, and is a former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school and an educator and advocate in the helping professions. Stephen consults to palliative care and hospice organizations, and redefines what it means to die well. He is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America.

A sculptor and traditional canoe builder and farmer whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture, Stephen teaches internationally.

His published work includes: Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching (2013), How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life - a live recorded teaching (2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). He is 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). He is the creator and principal instructor at his Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010.

This is the final session of the two-year program. A new two-year program begins Oct 27.
Participants must commit to all four sessions.

Tuition: $585 CDN / 5 nights  (meals & accommodation extra)

Meals and accommodation for this program are offered at 50% off regular rates and vary depending on room. Meals will feature a light breakfast (boiled eggs, porridge), lunch (soup, bread and salad) and dinner (stew or light entire’/main dish, vegetable side, condiment and salad). Desserts are not included in this meal plan. Morning yoga and nature walks are not part of Hollyhock programming during this time.