Seven Arrows in the Air

a Weekend Teaching with Stephen Jenkinson

April 19-21, 2019: Ubud, Bali

(Venue TBD; based on # of people attending)

Some of the religions - the ones with good memories - teach us that the world was spoken into being by its Makers.

The storytellers have always been the great rememberers, carrying the world in troubled times like this one, murmuring sanity.

Much hangs in the rafters and in the balance when humans take to speech to make their vows, their oaths, their threats, their prayers.

It is a conjuring business we are entrusted with. And yet our corner of the world leaves its citizens to their wits to cobble together something like eloquence. 

These few days together will be a time for learning something of the skill and the gift of well spokenness, the spell binding and spell breaking power of speech, the chanting in enchantment, the obligations of lucidity of the spirit and of the tongue that gather there in the second half of life.

About Stephen Jenkinson


culture activist, teacher, author and ceremonialist

Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. 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 programme 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, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture.

He is the author of Come of Age:  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).


Inquiries and Questions



Ubud, Bali

This will be the 3rd visit for Stephen to the island of Bali. We previously hosted:

Die Wise (2015)

At The Foot of the World Tree Withered: An Elderhood Training (2017)

There’s a relevance in hosting these profound teachings in a place like Bali, a place where a lived culture clings desperately against the gale force winds of globalization and its dutiful agents of change.

Stephen speaks-in a world that we don’t often see. A world that is being held aloft by those brave enough to not know a different way. A world that carries stories, seeks elders, knows where its dead go.

Bali isn’t perfect. It isn’t paradisal utopia. It is, however, a place where you can still see and hear that world— in the architecture, the ceremony, the relations, the stories.

It’s an important place and adds an unforgettable voice to the articulate wisdom Stephen carries.

Ticket Info

We’re offering 3 types of participation for Seven Arrows in the Air

All Inclusive: Includes teaching, accommodation, and all meals Friday-Sunday (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch).

Early Bird Pricing (January 20th): $749

After January 20th: $809

Teaching Only: Only includes teaching; no meals.

Early Bird Pricing (January 20th): $239

After January 20th: $279

Teaching and Meals: Includes 4 meals (dinner on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday)

Early Bird Pricing (January 20th): $339

After January 20th: $379