Fri June 22, 7pm to 9 pm and Sat June 23, 10am to 4pm
Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill. —Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
In his new book, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, Stephen Jenkinson makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, who are poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species. Stephen explores the paradox of elderhood in North America: how we are awash in the aged and yet somehow lacking in wisdom; how we relegate senior citizens to nursing homes while simultaneously heralding them as sage elders simply by virtue of their age. Yet Stephen believes that elderhood is a function rather than an identity—it is not a position earned simply by the number of years on the planet or by the title of “grandparent”. Our own unreconciled relationship with what it means to be an elder has yielded a culture nearly bereft of them. Meanwhile, the planet boils, and the younger generations are angry about the environment and sociopolitical landscapes which are deeply scarred and broken.
Stephen’s call to action implores us to become true elders in this time of trouble—not only for ourselves but for the generations to come. In this intensive Fri evening and Sat daylong, we’ll explore grief, wonder and some prescription scribbled in the sand for what a withered world might ask of us now.
Elders are a sentinel species for humanness, and like other forms of life in our corner of the world they’ve mysteriously gone missing. Young people are, often involuntarily, looking for them, and they can’t find them. How about this: old people are looking for them too. —Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
About Stephen Jenkinson: Stephen is a teacher, spiritual activist, storyteller, author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief, dying and elderhood in North America.
Cancellations: No refunds for cancellations made 7 days or less before the event date. Prior to 7 days before an event, there is a $15 processing fee per ticket for cancellations.