OlioHouse Finale | The Problem with the End of the World

Michael Prettyman at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sat, Aug 24 at noon   |   90 minutes

The final weeked at our Wassaic OlioHouse will consist of end-of-the-world Olios, a live concert, a bonfire, and a Sunday foraging workshop.

​The final OlioHouse weekend in Wassaic is upon us! We'll be going out in style with some topical Olios, live music, swimming, dancing and a Sunday foraging workshop with our favorite chef from the Lantern Inn. We hope you'll join us for the end or maybe just the beginning of OlioHouse.

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​"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Seneca

Ever since there has been a world, people have predicted its end. It is if every age glimpses the horizon of its own demise, then thinks it’s self unique in this predicament. Eschatology, the study of the end of the world, can give us glimpses into the ways in which particular some societies have imagined their own end. The historical pattern of end of the world thinking reveals a truth: the world does not end. In this olio, we will contrast several examples of world-ending philosophy and myth with an eye towards what this might say about our assumptions of cosmogony and the nature of time. We will then take a gentle look at our own world, and ourselves, seeking to locate our moment and our meaning in the vast dance of time. The weekend will consist of two Olios ripe with discussion, and an exercise in somatic knowledge at night, around a bonfire, in the woods.


Teacher: Michael Prettyman

Michael Prettyman is an artist and scholar of Eastern Religions. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology from the Harvard Divinity School and teaches on the subject of religion and the arts, Asian Religion and philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He has been a visual artist for twenty years, with gallery shows in New York City, Hong Kong and Barcelona.


Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.