Humanity’s Place in the Natural World

Humanity’s Place in the Natural World

The Agora Foundation Four-Day Summer Intensive
Humanity’s Place in the Natural World
July 31 – August 3, 2018


Do we belong to the world, are we wholly made of the world, or are we a part of it and also alien to it? What is our responsibility to the world? Are we stewards? 
These four days will include seminars, lectures, nature walks, astronomy, and panels. We hope you will join the exploration.
Readings:
Book Six of On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
Preface and Aphorisms I – LXV of The New Organon: or True Directions Concerning the Interpretation of Nature by Francis Bacon
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walking by Henry David Thoreau
Introduction to The Phenomenon of Life
and The Nobility of Sight by Hans Jonas
Selected writing from Blue Iris by Mary Oliver:
Black Oaks, The Roses, Rice, Morning at Blackwater, Poppies, October
Tutors:
Patricia Locke of St. John’s College and Andy Gilman of The Agora Foundation

Location:
160 Besant Road
Ojai, California 93023

Tuition:
$800 per person, which includes meals, books, seminars, lectures, nature walks. Lodging is not included. Click here to register. The Ojai Retreat and Inn is offering a 15% discount for guests staying the length of the summer Intensive. Book your room directly with The Ojai Retreat and Inn to receive the discount – (805) 646-2536.
Schedule:
Tuesday evening, July 31st
3:00-6:00PM – Check in at The Ojai Retreat and Inn
6:30 – 7:30PM – Welcome wine and dinner
7:30 – 8:30PM – Opening Lecture –
Humanity’s Place in the Natural World 
9:00PM – Optional night walk and guided star gazing
Wednesday, August 1st
7:30-8:30AM – Optional mild, guided hike and Herb Walk in the Ventura River Preserve with Lanny Kauffer.
8:30 – 9:30AM – Breakfast
10:00AM – 12:00PM – Seminar one
12:00 – 2:00PM – Lunch and break
2:00 – 4:00PM – Seminar two
4:00 – 6:00PM – Break for Ojai excursions
6:00 – 9:00PM – Dinner at Azu Restaurant with lecture by Brian Stafford, MD

Thursday, August 2
7:30-8:30AM – Optional guided tour of the Ojai Valley View Preserve with Brian Stafford
8:30 – 9:30AM – Breakfast
10:00AM – 12:00PM – Seminar three
12:00 – 2:00PM – Lunch and break
2:00 – 4:00PM – Seminar four
4:00 – 5:00PM – Break
5:00 – 6:30PM – A public panel conversation with Ojai’s environmental non-profits – Stewardship in the Ojai Valley
7:00PM – Dinner and movie – Baraka

Friday, August 3
9:00 – 10:00AM – Breakfast
10:00AM – 12:00PM – Concluding seminar, ending with a storyteller from the Ojai Valley Story Telling Festival.
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