OlioHouse Launch Weekend

Jamie Warren at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sat, Sep 15 at 11:30 a.m.   |   90 minutes

Join us for the launch of OlioHouse in Wassaic, NY. The Full Day includes an introductory lesson, lunch, a writing workshop, a drawing class, the evening Olio, and a bonfire to cap it all off.

This all-day retreat will examine two polarities of romantic love: the mundane and the supernatural. Our day will include an interactive workshop where we read the love letters between Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre, in which we will ponder how much politics and historical context shape and limit the boundaries of loving. In contrast, we will then turn to Anne Carson's Eros, and our questions will leap from the material, everyday world to the spirit realm of the gods. This all-day learning marathon is meant for those who long to examine the role romantic love plays in their life.

Does falling in love trap us, keeping us bound to our beloved? Or, is it in fact the absence of love that cages us? Is Freddie Mercury correct when he cries out to us, that he will only break out of his prison cell and be free if he finds somebody to love? Through interactive close readings, free writing, drawing lessons, and lecture, we will take on these enormous questions with open hearts and sharp minds. And maybe some dancing, yoga, and drinking too.


A rough sketch of the day

12:00pm: Introduction to OlioHouse and the work of Anne Carson + Communal vegetarian lunch

1:15pm - 2:15pm: Writing workshop with Jamie centered around de Beauvoir's letters to Sartre.

2:30pm - 3:30pm: Reading and free time + A swim at the waterfall

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Drawing Workshop with Prettyman in the Perch.

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Jamie will teach an Olio on Eros: The Bittersweet.

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner break at the Lantern.

8:30pm - 9:30pm: Bonfire and closing conversations.

The last trains leaving Wassaic on Saturday, the 15th are at 8:15pm & 10:15pm

Teacher: Jamie Warren

Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.


Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY
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Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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