In the midst of the #metoo movement, many of us sat in front of our screens and watched in painful, chest-gripping silence, as Dr. Ford recounted her experience of sexual assault. Giving her testimony to a sea of largely white male faces, Ford’s powerful speech act, felt at first to have the might of David’s stone hailing against a very real institution of American Patriarchy. But all too quickly, we were reminded that this Goliath seldom stumbles, let alone falls. Sexual assault and the degradation of women are not only forgivable in our world, they are essential building blocks of our cultural values. “Virile aggressiveness,” Simone de Beauvoir rightly asserted, “is a lordly privilege only within a system where everything conspires to affirm masculine sovereignty.”
Rough Sketch of the Weekend:
Noon- Arrive at OlioHouse to a communal lunch
1:30pm - Olio with Jamie in the barn
2:30pm - Free time
5:00pm - Olio number two
7:00pm - Dinner at the Lantern Inn
8:30am - Breakfast
10:00am - Guided Journaling
Noon train back to Grand Central
This is our gorgeous home up in Wassaic, NY. We hold weekend seminars and welcome members of our scenius for creative residencies and projects. It is located less than a 20 min walk from the Metro North station in Wassaic and 2 hours from Grand Central. We are the proud neighbors of the Wassaic Project.
Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.