The City of God: A Philosophical Garden Tour
May
1
9:30 AM09:30

The City of God: A Philosophical Garden Tour

The hour-long walking tour of the town and gardens along Palace Street in Colonial Williamsburg examines the city through the philosopher's eyes. Do gardens have meaning? Is architecture more than shelter and decoration? Was there a difference in Williamsburg and what difference does it make to us? Registration required.

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The Ideal of a Gentle(man)
May
2
9:30 AM09:30

The Ideal of a Gentle(man)

In this course, “The Ideal of a Gentle(man): A Mirror Held Up to Paradise,” we will examine a persistent archetype in the history of human culture: the ideal of the Gentleman. Once nearly inseparable from civilization itself, in recent times that ideal has been displaced by other desired qualities like talent, wealth and celebrity. What did it once mean to be a “true gentleman”? What does it mean today, if anything?

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"The Wisest American" and the Wisdom Tradition
May
7
9:30 AM09:30

"The Wisest American" and the Wisdom Tradition

Through the formative century of American letters, Ralph Waldo Emerson was "the wisest American.” This course will seek to recover the wisdom of the "Sage of Concord" as a means of bringing America's larger wisdom tradition into focus, from the founding period to the closing of the western frontier.
Registration required.

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The Joy of Downsizing
May
9
9:30 AM09:30

The Joy of Downsizing

Some are born to downsize, some rise to it, and some have downsizing thrust upon them. In this course we will examine the motives and means of downsizing today, concentrating on the one method that yields enduring happiness: living only with what you love.
Registration required.

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Simplicity and Happiness: The West
Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

Simplicity and Happiness: The West

  • The College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall, 101 Williamsburg, VA USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The search for a simpler life has a long and distinguished history in America, from its colonial beginnings to the present day.  This final meeting of a three-week course will examine the practical possibilities of a simpler and happier life through the lens of the Far West, John Muir and Ansel Adams.
Registration required.

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Simplicity and Happiness: Walden
Nov
1
9:30 AM09:30

Simplicity and Happiness: Walden

  • The College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The search for a simpler life has a long and distinguished history in America, from its colonial beginnings to the present day.  This second meeting of a three-week course will examine the practical possibilities of a simpler and happier life through the lens of Walden, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau. Registration required.

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The Academical Village and the Westward Gaze
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

The Academical Village and the Westward Gaze

Please join us for this day in historic Charlottesville, Virginia, exploring the waxing triumphs, the silent tragedies and the westward promise of the early years of the Republic. We will visit the Lawn of the University of Virginia and Monticello, both works of Thomas Jefferson.
Reservations full, with our apologies.

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The Origins of a Transcendental Idea
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

The Origins of a Transcendental Idea

Please join us for this day in the Historic Triangle of Tidewater, Virginia, exploring the conditions of the transcendental idea of America as they lie rooted in the soil and the story of our past. This is an opportunity to see an America you have never seen before.
Reservations full, with our apologies.

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Autumn Board Meeting and Banquet
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Autumn Board Meeting and Banquet

In this autumn board meeting and banquet of the Innermost House Foundation, we will explore the meaning of "plain living and high thinking" as it has formed our culture and continues to shape our highest expectations today. This autumn's meeting will be held in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, founded in 1632. It will be followed by a weekend of tours to Jamestown, Yorktown and Monticello. By invitation.

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Simplicity and Happiness: Williamsburg
Oct
25
9:30 AM09:30

Simplicity and Happiness: Williamsburg

  • The College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall, Room 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The search for a simpler life has a long and distinguished history in America, from its colonial beginnings to the present day.  This first meeting of a three-week course will examine the practical possibilities of a simpler and happier life through the lens of Thomas Jefferson and historic Virginia.
Registration required.

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A Talk On Tiny Houses and Happiness
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

A Talk On Tiny Houses and Happiness

  • Pasadena Public Library, DRW Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to join us in historic Pasadena, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana Lorence presents "Innermost House and the Ideal of Simplicity: a Talk on Tiny Houses and Happiness." This event is generously sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library, with special thanks to Ms. Christine Reeder. 

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Seven Years in the Woods: A True Story
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Seven Years in the Woods: A True Story

  • Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to join us in beautiful Costa Mesa, California for this free morning of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana Lorence presents "Seven Years in the Woods: A True Story of Tiny Houses, Simplicity and Happiness." This event is generously sponsored by the Costa Mesa Public Library, with special thanks to Ms. Nancy Pe'a. 

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Innermost House and the Ideal of Simplicity
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Innermost House and the Ideal of Simplicity

You are invited to join us in beautiful Cypress, California for this free morning of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana Lorence presents "Innermost House and the Ideal of Simplicity: a Talk on Tiny Houses and Happiness." This event is generously sponsored by the Cypress Public Library, with special thanks to Mr. Stanley Wang and Ms. Cyrise Smith.

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What is the Nature of Mind?
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

What is the Nature of Mind?

  • Hopland Mendocino County, California (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for a conversation led by Michael Lorence as we explore the nature of Mind in our modern lives. This special event is generously sponsored by Mr. Lee Parker and Ms. Diane Daubeneck, in cooperation with the Innermost House Foundation, at their beautiful Redtail Ranch in the woodland hills of Mendocino County, California. Private event.

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Does Transcendentalism Have a Future?
Jul
12
10:15 AM10:15

Does Transcendentalism Have a Future?

You are Invited to join us at the beautiful Colonial Inn in historic Concord, Massachusetts, as Michael Lorence presents "Does Transcendentalism Have a Tolerable Future?" as part of the Thoreau Society's Annual Gathering of scholars and enthusiasts. For information about tickets and the rest of the program, please visit the Thoreau Society website.

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A Movable Feast
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

A Movable Feast

In this spring board meeting and banquet of the Innermost House Foundation, we will explore the ways in which high conversation is the "movable feast" at the heart of human culture. Our host this season is Brother George Van Grieken at beautiful Mont La Salle in the redwoods overlooking Napa Valley, where the Innermost House Foundation was conceived ten years ago. By invitation.

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What is Home to the Soul?
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

What is Home to the Soul?

Please join us for a conversation led by Michael Lorence as we explore the nature of home in our modern lives. This special event is sponsored by Mr. Clint Wilson and the Innermost House Foundation in beautiful Kenwood at the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country. 
Reservations full, with our apologies.
 

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Tiny Houses, Huts, and Innermost House
Apr
16
2:00 PM14:00

Tiny Houses, Huts, and Innermost House

You are invited to join us in historic Williamsburg, Virginia for an afternoon of conversation, questions and answers as we explore the foundations of the tiny house movement in the archetype of the "Primitive Hut" as exemplified by Innermost House.  This event is generously sponsored by the William & Mary Department of Art and Art History, with special thanks to Professor Ed Pease, Architect.

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Loving the Tiny House Life
Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

Loving the Tiny House Life

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures, questions and answers as Diana Lorence of Innermost House presents "Loving the Tiny House Life." This event is generously sponsored by the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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Houses and Homelessness
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Houses and Homelessness

Please join us for a conversation led by Michael Lorence as we explore one of the most pressing issues of the day from the perspective of eternity: the problem of homelessness. This special event is sponsored by Ms. Debbie Synder of the Snyder Real Estate Group in Martinez, California.
Reservations full, with our apologies.

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Remembering the Beginning
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering the Beginning

In this semi-annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Innermost House Foundation, we will examine the ways in which wine, oak and fire unite us with the beginnings of culture. Our hosts this autumn are Michael Chiarello, Kellie Magna and Clint Wilson at the famous Bottega Napa Valley in the heart of California's beautiful wine country. By invitation.

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A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove
Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove

You are Invited to join us at the beautiful Colonial Inn in historic Concord, Massachusetts, as Michael Lorence presents "A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove: On the Trail of a Mystery" as part of the Thoreau Society's bicentennial celebration of Henry Thoreau's birth. For information about tickets and the rest of the program, please visit the Thoreau Society website.

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Stranger in a Strange Land
Jul
13
2:15 PM14:15

Stranger in a Strange Land

You are Invited to join us at the beautiful Colonial Inn in historic Concord, Massachusetts, as Diana Lorence and Richard Smith (Concord's own "Henry Thoreau") present "Stranger in a Strange Land: Taking Henry's Arm Across the Ages," as part of the Thoreau Society's bicentennial celebration of Henry Thoreau's birth. For information about tickets and the rest of the program, please visit the Thoreau Society website.

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Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana and Michael Lorence present "Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity." This event is generously sponsored by the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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A Belated Valentine for Henry Thoreau
Mar
19
3:00 PM15:00

A Belated Valentine for Henry Thoreau

You are Invited to join us at the beautifully restored Thoreau Birthplace Farm in historic Concord, Massachusetts, as Diana and Michael Lorence present "I Love to Be Alone: A Valentine for Henry David Thoreau." This event is generously sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society. The talk is free to the public, but due to limited seating, reservations are required. 

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Innermost House and the Lessons of Walden
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

Innermost House and the Lessons of Walden

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana and Michael Lorence present "Innermost House and the Lessons of Walden." This event is generously sponsored by: the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden
Oct
1
3:00 PM15:00

Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden

  • Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to join us in beautiful Berkeley, California for an afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana and Michael Lorence present "Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden." This event is generously sponsored by: the Berkeley Public Library with special thanks to Wendy Hyman.

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The Legacy of Walden
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

The Legacy of Walden

You are invited to join us in historic Williamsburg, Virginia for an afternoon of conversation, questions and answers as we "The Legacy of Walden" in the Great Hall of the Wren Building. This event is generously sponsored by the William & Mary Department of Art and Art History, with special thanks to Professor Ed Pease, Architect.

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The End of History in Emerson
May
27
8:00 AM08:00

The End of History in Emerson

You are invited to join us in beautiful San Francisco as Michael Lorence presents
"The World Turned Outside In: The End of History in Emerson" at the Emerson Society Panel of the American Literature Association. This event is generously sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.   

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