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Philosophy Camp: Thinking in the Wild

August 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - August 19, 2022 @ 3:00 pm MDT

Thinking in the Wild is a week-long outdoor philosophy camp. 

We’ll spend time conversing in parks, taking walking journeys and venturing to nearby bodies of water, with a particular focus on ‘wildness’ as it is present in the urban landscape.  Each experience will be oriented toward getting us to think philosophically together. What is Nature? and What is it to be a human being?

  • Daily outings to explore ‘wildness’ present in the urban landscape
  • Thinking Games
  • Journaling
  • Dialogue

This program is suited for curious young thinkers ranging in age from 12 to 18.

Led by Mitchell Conway through Cottonwood ALC. 

Thinking in the Wild

Camp Details

Dates: August 15th – August 19th
Time: 9am – 3pm (M-T) & 9-12 (F)
Location: Outdoor Camp*

*NOTE: Various locations in throughout Helena & surrounding areas

Registration Info

RSVP: Cottonwood ALC 

Other:  Thinking in the Wild is offered through Cottonwood ALC.  Mitchell Conway is leading the camp & we are thrilled to be working with him on camp curriculum!

About the Camp Leader

Mitchell Conway is a Community Philosopher & Youth Programs Advisor at Merlin CCC, a branch facilitator/educator at Cottonwood ALC, and serves on the education committee for The Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization.

A student of philosophy, a theater maker, and a teacher who cares ardently about empowering young learners, his work has often been an interweaving of education, story, and inquiry. At the BIRD Theatre in Tottori, Japan, among other productions, he collaborated with Korean group TUIDA to create The Poetry Class about the colonial period and Pacific war; he also directed students at Kei Ai High School in Romeo & Juliet. Using applied theater, he performed with Village Playback Theatre creating improvisations from audience members’ personal stories, and for a three-month residency he taught embodied methods of community dialogue through the Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia. He has also taught theater to elementary school students at 82nd St. Academics and middle school students at Summer Institute for the Gifted.

Read More About Mitchell...

For a year, Mitchell taught at the English Immersion Program in Umphium Mai refugee camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border using a curriculum based in literature and critical thinking. With the New York Foundling at Queens College, he supervised the academic component of The Dorm Project, a program supporting youth in foster care through college.

Mitchell has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Philosophy & Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mitch has recently presented at the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society (NEPES) and Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) conferences. He also relishes walking in the forest. 

Mitchell helps to facilitate & design several of Merlin CCC’s philosophy in the community programs, including programs for youth.

Mitchell can be reached at [email protected].


August 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am MDT
August 19, 2022 @ 3:00 pm MDT
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Marisa Diaz-Waian
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