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 14 days of your “one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver) to think as profoundly as possible about what counts as the good life. We’ve carved out a space on the coast of Maine where you can step away from the jam-packed confusions of everyday life, slow down, clear your mind, bask in nature, and get a taste of the good life. In this course, our conversations about the good life are honed by reading the best of American nature writing and back-to-the-land literature. Thoreau’s Walden, Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Helen and Scott Nearing’s Living the Good Life, Wendell Berry’s “Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front” are staples. Daily readings are paired with experiential happenings and mindfulness practices. We hope that by the end of the program you are ready to set yourself on a course for living “the life you have imagined” (Thoreau).