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Friday, Nov 3 - part 1 of 2 : 7 pm - 9:30 pm

Saturday, Nov 4 - part 2 of 2 : 9 am - 12:30 pm, 2 pm - 4 pm. 


CAMPING  (includes Fri & Sat) 

JOIN US FOR DINNER Saturday night after Learning Elderhood: $18.50 (advanced tickets only - plus join us for the Sparkroot private Launch party!) Dinner provided by Angelinas Kitchen: Vegan Shephards Pie, Moussaka (with meat), Salad and dessert.

Saturday night we will be having a debut launch party for Sparkroot Farm. You are welcome to join us after the Learning Elderhood workshop with celebration - starting at 6 - including afro-celtic fusion band, community and fun!

This gathering is a teaching offered by author and social activist, Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW for anyone with a desire to be useful to those now inheriting an endangered and often dangerous world, those who have an instinct and a desire to be an ancestor worth claiming. Think of it as a radical training in elder-hood in an almost elderless time, this is for people of all ages.  

Imagine a future that replaces retirement with esteemed elderhood, where young people receive real recognition of their worth and purpose in life and a living example of enduring discernment and courage for the hard and often empty times that are upon us all. Stephen believes the esteem of parents and friends can only go so far:  Other and elders must bring the rest. Grandparents who are grand not only for their children’s children, but for all the young ones, whose grandness comes from having wrangled wisdom from experience, from becoming more elder, less senior citizen. Grandparents now must be elders even – especially – when no one asks it of them. Come contemplate something of the skills of grace in a graceless time, of mentorship and true teaching, of fierce and exemplary grief and compassion.

About Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
culture activist, teacher, author

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 has devoted years to revolutionizing grief and dying in North America, 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 a skilled craftsman by word and hand, and lives an off-the-grid life. 

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), as well as Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002), and former contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007).

Light fare, coffee and tea will be available Saturday morning and free Saturday farm lunch will be offered.

Camping onsite is offered, and a list of nearby accomodations can be found below.

Tickets not purchased in advance will be $175 at the door. Seating is limited! Thank you!

If you are interested in attending Stephen Jenkinson's Nov 5 Death Faire Keynote workshop at Abundance NC: "DIE WISE, Making Meaning at the End of Days" (just 5 miles from Abundance NC) in Pittsboro, click here for tickets.


Approximate travel time: 20 minutes or less:
Small B&B
219 East St, Pittsboro, NC
(919) 537-1909

Rosemary House
76 West St, Pittsboro, NC
(919) 542-5515

458 West Bed and Breakfast
458 West St, Pittsboro, NC
(919) 491-4229

Air B&B - Moncure

Approximate travel time: 30 minutes or less:

Econo Lodge  
1403 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 774-6411

Comfort Suites  
1891 Bragg St, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 842-5600

Hampton Inn Sanford  
1904 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-2000

The Fearrington House Inn
2000 Fearrington Village Center, 230 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-2121

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sanford  
2110 Dalrymple St, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-6600

Days Inn Sanford  
1217 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 213-7238

Americas Best Value Inn Sanford  
1143 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-5121

Comfort Suites  
1891 Bragg St, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 842-5600

Baymont Inn & Suites Sanford  
2614 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 708-7400

Palomino Motel  
1508 Westover Dr, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-7531

Budget Inn  
3114 Hawkins Ave, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-2814

Approximate travel time: 45 minutes or less

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
1120 Ledsome Ln, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 301-8467

La Quinta Inn & Suites
191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 851-2850

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
5630 Dillard Dr, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 851-1220

Hampton Inn & Suites
111 Hampton Woods Ln, Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 233-1798

Comfort Suites Arena
1200 Hurricane Alley Way, at Trinity Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 854-0502

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
1020 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 535-9657

Red Roof Inn
1800 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 469-3400

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel
500 Caitboo Ave, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 239-4777

La Quinta Inn & Suites
191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 851-2850

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1128 Ledsome Ln, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 977-7244

Hyatt Place Chapel Hill
1090 US Highway 15 501 South, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 929-9511

Best Western Plus
1722 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 481-1200

Motel 6  
1401 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 467-6171

102 Edinburgh S Dr, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 481-9666

Holiday Inn Express
1006 Marco Dr, Apex, NC 27502
(919) 387-3636

Rizzo Center
150 Dubose Home Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 913-2098

Later Event: May 18
Mythtelling with Martin Shaw