In our “philosophy as a way of life”-inspired workshops we explore a variety of philosophical topics, ranging from virtue ethics and Stoicism to Indian philosophy and metaphysics…and more. No background or prior experience in philosophy is required or expected. All ages welcome. FREE. $15-30 suggested donation (if you are of the means to do so). Donations help to cover workshop leader honorariums and community “workshop scholarships” for those in need. Light snacks & tea provided. Space is limited.
About Our Workshop Venue
Unless otherwise indicated, our workshops are held in Reeder’s Alley — in either the Interpretive & Convention Center or Caretaker’s Lawn.
Free parking is available in the lower and upper parking lots.
If you have challenges walking (and the event is in the conference center), the upper lot will be ideal.
For directions, click on the Reeder’s Alley map image.
Workshop Leader: David Nowakowski
Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center
About Our Workshop Leaders
David Nowakowski is as a philosopher and educator in the Helena area whose professional work is dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds access, understand, and apply the traditions of ancient philosophy to their own lives. A lover of philosophy and the great outdoors, David recently moved to Helena (originally from Pennsylvania) to build his consulting practice and serve as a Philosophical Advisor and Consultant for Merlin CCC & Senior Mentor for scholars in the Merlin Fellowship Program.
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David began studying ancient philosophies and classical languages in 2001, and has continued ever since. A scholar of the philosophical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean (Greece, Rome, and North Africa) and of the Indian subcontinent, reading Sanskrit, Latin, and classical Greek, he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 2014.
His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Philosophy East & West, Asian Philosophy, and the Journal of Indian Philosophy; as well as in presentations to academic audiences at Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and elsewhere.
After half a decade teaching at liberal arts colleges in the northeast, David chose to leave the academy in order to focus his energies on the transformative value of these ancient philosophical and spiritual traditions in his own life and practice, and on building new systems of education and community learning that will make this rich heritage alive and available to others.
A hermit by nature and by committed choice, he balances contemplative solitude with his active work in teaching, counseling, and the healing arts. David can be reached at [email protected] or davidnowakowski.net.
Henry Kramer (MA, In Progress) is a Masters student at the University of Montana in both the Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Literature programs. He is also the 2019 Merlin Student Scholar Fellow.
As an undergrad, Henry studied comparative religion and philosophy, with a particular focus on indigenous perspectives and phenomenology. He has traveled extensively, including spending several months in New Zealand studying Maori culture and society.
After graduating, Henry was involved in the creation of Storyeon, a think-tank based out of the Jung Institute in Manhattan, and with them, presented on a panel at the United Nations on the wisdom of myth and story.
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Henry is currently writing a thesis on wonder, and the role of wonder in fostering our connection with and ethical treatment of the natural world. In his spare time, Henry enjoys eating vegan food that other people have cooked.
See some of Henry’s work with Merlin here…
An extended version of our philosophy walks, our “campfire philosophy” outings are 3-4 day “philosophy as a way of life”-inspired outings that involve overnight camping (either in campsite lodging or tents), hikes (and other activities), and philosophical discussion (led by guest scholars) over a campfire each night.
Campfire Philosophy Outing/Field Seminar Program
“Where the Wild Things Are: An Exploration of Our Relationship with the Wild”
(An exploration of our relationship with the wild through the lens of literature, philosophy, and science)
August 24th – 28th, 2020
Yellowstone National Park
(Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus)
(A collaborative venture into the great wide open with the Yellowstone Forever Institute)
Retreats can be a time for renewal and relaxation. But they are foremost an opportunity to step out of day-to-day routines, to enjoy a quiet and serene place, and to open up one’s innermost world through reflection and sharing. We are pleased to offer this philosophy as a way-of-life inspired experiential retreat “Seeking the Self” with philosopher and educator David Nowakowski.
Experiential Philosophy Retreat
“Seeking the Self”
September 11th — 13th 2020
More Information Coming Soon…
What: 3-Day Experiential Philosophy Retreat
When: Friday, September 11th 2020 – Sunday, September 13th 2020
Where: Deep Bay Center (Lakeside, MT) — Located 4.2miles South of Lakeside, twenty minutes South of Kalispell, and approx 30 miles North of the town of Polson, MT. Deep Bay is less than a couple hours drive to beautiful Glacier Park & less than one hour to Whitefish Mountain Resort. We will help facilitate carpooling opportunities for those who wish to carpool.
~ Limited scholarships available for those in need (please inquire) ~
Retreat Schedule/Agenda: To be added to our website…stay tuned