• February 2, 2019
  • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 02/02/2019 10:00 am 02/02/2019 4:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Cultivating Elderhood Cultivating Elderhood, A Workshop with Stephen Jenkinson California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Registration - $175
Members - $140

 Senior Discount Available for this Workshop Only
If you are 55+ use code SENIOR20 at checkout and be prepared to show proof of age (ID) at workshop check-in.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the Friday night conversation with Stephen Jenkinson on February 1st, click here.


This is a training for anyone with a desire to be useful to those inheriting the world, for those who have an instinct and a desire to be an ancestor worth being claimed.

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. Surprisingly, older people are looking for them too. How do we birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species?

This workshop is a radical training in elderhood for our nearly elderless time. Join Stephen Jenkinson, founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, and learn to coax wisdom from old experience while learning the skills of grace, of mentorship, of fierce and exemplary compassion, and true teaching.

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.

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