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.
SUMMER & FALL PHILOSOPHY WALKS
Enjoy an evening of storytelling, conversation, philosophy, and community beneath the stars….
w/ Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger
Saturday, September 18th
Location: Merlin Nature Preserve
**CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. TO BE RESCHEDULED TO A FUTURE DATE IN THE FALL. TBD**
w/ Philosopher Ed Glowienka
Trail Location: Helena Reservoir Loop (We’ll meet at the parking lot area just off York Rd. and Reservoir Ln. at the picnic tables)
This walkabout will explore Rawls’ theory of justice in an applied fashion. While a summary of his views will be provided at the outset, the bulk of this walk will be spent exploring, working out, expanding upon, and applying Rawls’ views in a “hands-on” way to contemporary issues.
MERLIN NATURE PRESERVE WALKS
Directions to Merlin Nature Preserve: Our group will meeting in the Silver City Saloon parking lot located at 6042 Lincoln Road West. From there we will take a hayride to Merlin Nature Preserve (approx. 3.5 miles from the SCS parking lot). To reach the Silver City Saloon parking lot from Helena, take either the 15, N. Montana Ave. or Green Meadow Drive to Lincoln Rd. Turn left onto Lincoln Road & head west (toward Marysville/Canyon Creek). Drive roughly 6.5 miles. Silver City Saloon will be on your right hand side. Click here for google maps directions. For walks on the preserve, please plan on arriving approx. 15 minutes before hike/walk start time. For more information about the meandering, please contact our executive director & philosophy walk guide (Marisa) at #406-439-5788 or e-mail [email protected]
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
- Small group sizes (generally 1-15 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