Sat, Jun 29 at 2 p.m. | 90 minutes
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.”
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*