Philosophy Workshop: The Philosophy of Friendship (January 2020)

In this 2½-hour workshop led by David Nowakowski, we explored some classic arguments about friendship offered by Aristotle, the Stoic philosophers Epictetus and Seneca, and the traditions of ancient commentaries on these philosophers’ work.  We examined the what’s and why’s of friendship, in order to find guidance on how to navigate the difficult, challenging, and perplexing situations that all-too-often arise among friends. Access resources & photos here!

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Philosophy Workshop: From Karma to Dharma – Finding our Way through Indian Philosophy (Winter 2019)

This 2½-hour workshop introduced key concepts and arguments from the philosophical traditions of India. Our goals were to dispel some common misconceptions about Indian philosophy and religion, to distinguish different Indian philosophical schools from one another, and to develop a deeper understanding of these rich and varied traditions.
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Philosophy Workshop: Thinking Ecologically About Virtue & Value (Fall 2019)

For many philosophers, scientists, and ordinary people, “species” are not only descriptive categories of how things are, but ideal models for how things should be. In this workshop, led by David Nowakowski, we took a whirlwind tour of “species” from antiquity to the present, in order to better understand the hidden assumptions behind our own thinking today…and what thinking ecologically might tell us about virtue & value. Access resources & photos here!

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Philosophy Workshop: The Life of Virtue in Greek Philosophy (Summer 2019)

In this 3.5-hour “philosophy as a way of life”-inspired workshop led by special guest scholar & Philosophical Advisor for Merlin CCC, David Nowakowski, PhD we looked at what it might mean to live a life of virtue. Select readings and activities inspired by numerous ancient (and some contemporary) thinkers were examined and applied with the aim of introducing participants to a variety of philosophical perspectives on virtuous living and practical tools for living well. Access resources & photos here!

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Philosophy Workshop: Ethical Living Through Self-Knowledge (Winter 2018)

Philosophers of the ancient world consistently describe understanding ourselves and our place in the wider world as one of the first steps toward living well.  In this 3-hour “philosophy as a way of life”-inspired workshop led by special guest & Princeton scholar, David Nowakowski, PhD (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Union College), we looked at some of the insights provided by Ancient Greek thinkers concerning questions of self, free-will, responsibility, happiness, and more. View photos & access resources here!

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Silent Retreat (Spring 2018)

Our Spring 2018 Silent Weekend Retreat at Deep Bay Center on Flathead Lake was magical.  Mother Nature gifted us in so many ways.  The weather and views were beautiful…and very much in keeping with the hearts and kindness of our retreat-goers. Included below are some retreat reflections and a not…

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4-Week Intensive Mindfulness Course (Feb-March 2017)

Our Feb-march 2017 4-Week Intensive Mindfulness Course at Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center is underway. Please find below a consolidated list of helpful resources (provided by the lovely Justin Whitaker).  We will keep this page live and active for all workshop participants (and community members).  Please feel free to…

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4-Week Intensive Mindfulness Course (January 2017)

Our January 2017 4-Week Intensive Mindfulness Course at Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center took place on Sundays Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th 2017 from 2pm – 4pm. Please find below a consolidated list of helpful resources (provided by the lovely Justin Whitaker).  We will keep this page live…

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