Philosophy Walks

Most people are aware of the physical benefits of being in nature, but there are also mental benefits.  Peripatetic philosophers such as the Ancient Greeks, for example, felt that there was a deep & intuitive connection between walking (in nature) & critical thought, so much so that they literally walked the earth & philosophized (hence the “prone to roam” moniker ‘peripatetic’). We enthusiastically agree and feel that “getting your feet dirty” & “sittin’ in trees” is a critical part of philosophy. With this in mind, our philosophy walks aim to help you kick off your shoes, exercise your body & mind, and reconnect with nature in ways that help to promote health and happiness.

 Our Merlin Meanderings

Our free guided philosophy walks (a.k.a. ‘Merlin Meanderings’) run throughout the year…with a cold weather break that typically lasts from December – March (depending on the year).  The purpose of these fun meanderings is to allow an opportunity to: (1) exercise your body & mind, (2)  reconnect with nature, and (3) philosophically think about & discuss ideas and concerns that are important to you. 

Here is  a general overview of what you can expect on our Philosophy Walks:

  • Free to the Public (donations welcome/appreciated)
  • 2-3 hour walks (opportunities for rest along the way)
  • Casual, positive & supportive experience
  • 1-2 philosophy guides; guest/volunteer nature guides (as available)
  • Small group sizes (generally 1-12 people; may be larger for special occasion walks)
  • Ample opportunity to enjoy nature

To get the most out of your experience with us and enjoy a healthy & safe walk, please bring with you on the day of the walk/hike:

  • Water & Snack
  • Weather appropriate attire & sun protection
  • A walking stick/Trekking poles
  • Comfortable Shoes/Hiking Boots

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please e-mail [email protected], call our office at #406-502-2122, or our executive director & philosophy walk guide (Marisa) at #406-439-5788

May 2019

“Know Thy City!”

(Dennis McCahon)

June 2019

The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship

(Christopher Preston & Patrick Kelly)

July 2019

Ethical Living: Can Hope Be a Virtue?

(David Nowakowski)

August 2019

Reconnecting with Nature – Helena

(Ryan Aikin & Henry Kramer)

August 2019

Reconnecting with Nature – Missoula

(Ryan Aikin & Henry Kramer)

September 2019

Montana Internet: Team Hayride-Philosophy Walk

(David Nowakowski)

September 2019

Virtue & Excellence – From Ecology to Ethics

(David Nowakowski)

October 2019

Story and Imagination Across Cultures

(Shane Doyle & Henry Kramer)

November 2019

Nature & the Humanities

(Ed Glowienka & Henry Kramer)


October-November Halloween Walk 2019


Planet Walking & Star Hopping: A Journey into Outer Space

(Martin Richard, Mike Chapman & Russ Danaher)


Our 2019 Philosophy Walk Sponsors

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