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.

Merlin Meanderings Archive Page

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August 2020

In lieu of a philosophy walk in August, we are holding a *ZOOM* philosophy workshop with philosophers Céline LeBoeuf & Julia Jorati “Exploring Issues of Race.”  Please click here for more information!

September 2020

We are also planning a philosophy walk in September on “Art, Aesthetics & Inspiration” at The Archie Bray.  This will depend on the status of public access for the campus at that time relative to COVID.  We will add information here as the summer progresses.

2020 October Hayride-Philosophy Walk

“Philosophy by Moonlight: 

Exploring the World through Moon-Inspired Stories & Poetry”

Friday, October 2nd (6pm-9pm)

Guest Speaker/Philosophy Walk Guide: Lowell Jaeger

Hayride/Walk Location:  Merlin Nature Preserve (See Directions Below)



A moon, poetry, and storytelling-inspired philosophy walk with Montana Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger, that embraces the wonders and joys of exploring the world by moonlight.

**Due to COVID and general hayride & nature preserve logistics, space for this walk is limited to 17 people**

(Click here to view the COVID protocol for our philosophy 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] 


Merlin Meanderings Archive Page

(View Pictures & Access Audio/Video Resources)

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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