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Stephen Jenkinson on elderhood: Melbourne


Clemenger Theatre, NGV, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004


7:00pm - 8:30pm, 26th of April 2019

Join internationally distinguished culture activist, teacher, ceremonialist and author Stephen Jenkinson as he addresses the critical role of elderhood and the wisdom we could have access to if only we seek it out.

For most of the 200,000 years of human life on earth, we have learned from our elders. We have been cared for, guided by, challenged and initiated into the world by the wisdom elderhood gifted to us. Our lives and our communities have been strengthened by those who have come before us.

Today, the journey of personal development surrounds us with self-help books, leadership forums, retreats, therapists and life-coaches, yet there is a significant lack of intention to engage deeply with our elders as a key component of our education. Elderhood today is often understood more in terms of its absence rather than its presence.

In a pursuit to prolong human life through everything from bio-technology and pharmaceuticals to anti-aging skin creams, we are a culture increasingly obsessed with eternal youth. How does this compromise our ability to value age and the wisdom which comes from those who understand and respect the finality of life?

It is often said that age carries wisdom, yet at a time when we have more older people than we ever have before, why are there so few elders among us? What constitutes an elder and how do we re-engage with generational wisdom-sharing?

Stephen Jenkinson is one of the world’s most engaging truth-tellers and philosophers on the topic of wisdom, death and elderhood. Join us for this unique evening to explore how our society could reconnect with the wisdom and humility of elderhood.


6.30pm           Doors Open
7.00pm           Welcome and Introduction
7.05pm           Stephen Jenkinson on Elderhood
8.15pm           Audience Q&A
8.30pm           Event Concludes
8.40pm           Book Signing


Full price: $55.00
Concession: $45.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee)

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.

Please note, this event is also running in Sydney on 28th April. Please click here for information on our Sydney event.

This event suitable for all ages. 

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