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 2020 Philosophy Walks

June Philosophy Walk

Leisure & Loafing

Sunday, June 7th (10am – 1pm)

Trail Location: Daisy Hill Trail (West Lawrence Street & Monroe Ave.)

Guest Speaker:  David Nowakowski

**In order to practice safe social distancing measures, we will limit our walk to 10 people max and require registration.  Please register by clicking the ‘Yes, I Want to Meander’ button above.** 

(If we end up getting a lot of interest in this particular topic and enough early registrations to plan accordingly, we will look into offering a duplicate version of our walk on Saturday, June 6th so that we’re able to serve more people safely.  TBD)

July Philosophy Walk

Merlin | Philosophy Walks

Topic TBD

Sunday, July 19th (9am – 12pm)

Trail Location TBD

September Philosophy Walk

Philosophy by Moonlight

Saturday, September 19th (5:30pm – 8:30pm)

Merlin Nature Preserve

August Philosophy Walk

Merlin | Philosophy Walks

Topic TBD

Sunday, August 16th (9am — 12pm)

Trail Location TBD

October Philosophy Walk

Art, Aesthetics & Inspiration

Saturday, October 10th (10am – 1pm)

Archie Bray Foundation

Guest Speakers:  Tim Holmes & TBD

October Halloween Hayride Philosophy Walk for Kids

Topic TBD

Sunday, October 25th (10am – 1pm)

Merlin Nature Preserve

Merlin Meanderings Archive Page

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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

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