Seguinland Institute.

Our Story

Who We Are: Seguinland Institute is a collection of scholars, boat builders, artists, mindfulness practitioners, back-to-the landers, thinkers and tree dwellers. We are a non-profit organization (501c3).

What We Do: We create experiential college-level programs that combine rigorous academics and immersion in nature with mindfulness practice, visual pedagogy, and a back-to-the-land work ethic.

How We Do It: Our grapplings with the big question—what counts as the good life? How now shall we live?—are heightened and honed by reading great (and humble) books, paddling old canoes, engaging in discussion, writing tip top essays, being grasped by awe and wonder, and getting our hands dirty in the garden. Also: roasting marshmallows and, occasionally, soaking in a wood-fired cedar hot tub 20 feet up in the trees.

Where You Come In: We invite you to step away from the buzzing and blooming confusion of everyday life to dedicate time to sustained reflection on the good life while inhabiting the singular coastline of Maine. Join us for a May term course or a Fall semester of experiential inquiry into the good life and the great work.


PrograMs: May Term, Fall SEmester

MAY TERM: THE GOOD LIFE COURSE May 18 - June 1, 2019

The Idea for this immersive experience of a course is simple: we ask you to set aside 15 days of your “one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver) to think as profoundly as possible about what counts as the good life. Our conversations are honed by reading the best of American nature writing and back-to-the-land literature. Daily readings are paired with immersion in nature, visual pedagogy, and mindfulness practices.


This study-away program is nothing less than an immersive experience of the most important questions of all: How do I go about living a good life? What will be my great work in this good life? At every step, we’ll exercise our minds and bodies in the resistance training of big ideas, contemplative practices, organic gardening, great books, aesthetic experiences, mentor relationships and conversations around the campfire. Come away ready to live the life you have imagined.

You’ll take courses with titles such as: “The Alchemy of the Self”, “Being and Belonging”, “Nature and Joy”, “The Understory”, “Ecology of the American Buddha”, “Living the Good Life”, “Writing the Natural World”.