- February 1, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Imagine a future that replaces retirement with esteemed elderhood. In this future young people receive real mentorship through living examples of enduring discernment and courage to weather the hard and often empty times that are upon us all. This future is ours to create. Elderhood is for anyone, any age, with a desire to be useful to those now inheriting an endangered and often dangerous world, for those who have an instinct and a desire to be an ancestor worth being claimed.
How do we birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species? What if we saw elderhood as a function, not a position earned simply by the number of years a person has been on this planet? Join CIIS Dean of Alumni and psychologist Richard Buggs for a conversation on cultivating wisdom, mentorship, and fierce compassion with Stephen Jenkinson, spiritual teacher and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School.
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010 for anyone with a desire to be useful to those who will inherit an endangered and often dangerous world. With Master's degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen 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 and 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 (2015), 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), and former contributing author to Palliative Care - Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007). Stephen Jenkinson's newest book titled COME OF AGE: A Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble was released in 2018.
Stephen is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008), a lyrical, poetic portrait of his work with dying people.
Richard Buggs is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He received his PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1996. His dissertation topic explored the adult experience of emptiness as associated with childhood trauma and abuse. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center Outpatient Clinic where he worked with families, couples and children. During his post-doctoral internship at Center for Aids Prevention Studies, he facilitated groups with HIV positive men and women using cognitive behavior strategies for optimal health and well-being.
Richard is in private practice in San Francisco and specializes in LGBT issues. He is also the Dean of Alumni at CIIS and directs the international travel study abroad program.