Is happiness the goal of life? Is there a secret to it? Is it a choice? How can we be happy when our world is filled with suffering and life is fleeting? Is mindfulness the key to overcoming anxiety? Is worrying about the past and the future holding us back? Or is focusing on the present an indulgence that distracts us from living deeply? And what about hedonists? Do they have more fun not worrying about these issues?
Some philosophers thought they knew the secret to happiness. Émilie du Châtelet, for example, proposes that achieving happiness is not so hard, but the problem is that takes most people a really long time to figure it out. Albert Camus suggests that happiness can’t be rushed—it requires a great deal of patience and willing. Some argue that, like searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, happiness is a fickle and receding goal. “Happiness,” Simone de Beauvoir writes, “is like a butterfly whose brilliant colors are tarnished as soon as they are touched.”
At this OlioHouse weekend, we will explore the existential nature of happiness and the role of happiness in living authentically and meaningfully. We will visit ideas from Jeremy Bentham’s Hedonic Calculus, a formula for evaluating pleasure and pain; Émilie du Châtelet’s Discourse on Happiness, on the sources of happiness; and Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus, about finding happiness when the world seems bleak. Hot 'Camus' Toddies will be served all night.
Schedule of the weekend:
2pm: Arrive at OlioHouse for lunch
3pm: ‘Happiness and Hedonism’ Skye will lead an olio exploring the existential nature of happiness. We'll look at a host of different philosophies around the idea of happiness and decide whether it is actually a goal we're comfortable with.
4:30pm: Free time to explore Wassaic, hike and or swim!
6pm: Workshop: Searching for Authenticity – in small groups we will go through a list of questions meant to spark meaningful connections around the topic of what it means to live authentically.
7:30pm: Dinner at the Lantern Inn
10pm: Late night Water Coloring Class led by artist, Meredith Stein
Yoga and Breathwork Meditation
*We are all sold out of beds for the weekend but you can still grab a day trip and enjoy all of Saturday's activities*
Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY
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June 29, 20192 p.m.
June 29, 2019
Think Olio | OlioHouse | Happiness & Hedonism Weekend
Come up to OlioHouse with philosopher Skye Cleary to explore the existential nature of happiness and the role it plays (if any) in living authentically and meaningfully. “Happiness,” Simone de Beauvoir writes, “is like a butterfly whose brilliant colors are tarnished as soon as they are touched.”