Reckoning – Author Reading & Talk/ Book Signing ~ Live in San Luis Obispo


Thu Mar 16 2023 at 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Nice Place | San Luis Obispo, CA

Join Stephen Jenkinson and Kimberly Ann Johnson for a special live conversation on their new release, their co-written book, 'Reckoning'.
About this Event

(Door opens at 6:15pm/ Talk 7pm-8:30pm/ Book signing until 9:30pm

is an unguarded, sober meeting with Spirit Work, Conspiracies, Elderhood, Grief and Plague and Building Culture in a Me First Era. “Try this at home. With Companions.” We recommend you get there plenty early, meet with a friend for tea beforehand.

We will have a limited number of books available the night of. Cash preferred.

Kimberly says..On the heels of this new book, Reckoning, that grew out of on-line recordings, we were able to stand in the same place and reckon together and with some of you. We have spoken with hundreds of people from Toronto to Sebastopol. We took no pictures, so there are none to show.

The meetings between us have been characterized by genuine interest and a devotion to what arises in the moment. We do prepare, but we do not rehearse. We don’t “set each other up” to say the things we want to hear nor to try to create discord, where there surely could be some. In that way, it is truly alive, and something seems to happen that is beyond us.

The experience is electric and a high wire act. I’m getting eldered in real-time, and it is awkward, humbling, and requires some real work. And it’s all I want to do. Some food for the soul – that would be my wish.

Podcasts with me and Stephen Jenkinson, if you’re wanting to dive in!

? Love, Truth, and Beauty with Sara Avant Stover

? The Ghee Spot with Katie Silcox

? Ian Mackenzie on the Crow’s Nest This video was the first interview that we did while sitting in the same place, with the famous orange wall behind us. I was worked over - we’d done Ottawa the night before and I’d just flown in.

Stephen has been on a few podcasts talking about Reckoning, the book, and the process of working with me:

❤️ He tells one of my favorite stories about a 7-year-old girl dying and her family on the Holistic OBGYN podcast with Nathan Riley. The whole podcast is worth it just for that story that comes at the 34-minute mark.

Author's Remarks on Reckoning:

“You come by your prejudices more or less involuntarily. That means you inherit them. And generally speaking the world gives you plenty of reason to go with your prejudices and not wonder about them too much. That’s a very dark thing to consider: the world in its conditions is so encouraging of your prejudices that you could almost be forgiven for being unconscious about them. Almost. Heartbreak is how you humanize your prejudices.” ~ Stephen Jenkinson

“One of my particular heartbreaks is that the unconscious foundation of so much of my world view, even it criticisms, is rooted in individualism. Especially heartbreaking is the remarkable individualism of those around me who bang the drum of community. ” ~ Kimberly Ann Johnson


Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, is a spiritual activist, author, ceremonialist and farmer. 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 the author of several books including the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble and A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work in a Time of Trouble and Money and the Soul’s Desires. Stephen is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada feature length film documentary, Griefwalker.

Kimberly Ann Johnson is a Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, birth doula, and single mom. She specializes in helping women prepare for birth, recover from birth injuries and birth trauma, and heal from sexual trauma. She is the founder of, an international holistic women’s health care resource for expectant and new mothers. She is the co-founder of the STREAM School for Postpartum Care, where she trains birth professionals, yoga teachers, somatic therapists, and bodyworkers to help women prepare for birth and recover from birth. She is the author of The Fourth Trimester and Call of theWild. She has private practices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York.

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Where is it happening?

Nice Place, to be confirmed. 1 main st, San Luis Obispo, United States

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USD 20.00 to USD 30.00

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