OlioHouse Launch Weekend


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




Location: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

296 Old Rte 22, Wassaic, NY 12592

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.




Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors


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.


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Other upcoming Olios


Jun 19

The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern

Taught by Lev Moscow
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Jun 20

Believing is Seeing

Taught by Briana Toole
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $15

Jun 22

OlioHouse | Breaking Bread: An Olio Salon Dinner

Taught by Brian Lewis
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jun 23

Female Power and Desire in Shakespeare after #MeToo

Taught by Christina Katopodis
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

Sign Up - $15

Jun 25

The Artist in an Alternative World

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

Jun 25

OlioTour | Federal Hall & African Burial Ground

Taught by Jamie Warren
6 p.m. at Federal Hall

Sign Up - $0

Jun 26

Jun 27

The Long History of Selfie Culture

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jun 29

OlioHouse | Happiness & Hedonism Weekend

Taught by Skye Cleary
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jul 7

Museum Trip | 'The 80s Show' Private Tour

Taught by Charles Riley
2 p.m. at Nassau County Museum of Art

Sign Up - $20

Jul 13

OlioHouse | Considering The Tyranny of Choice

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jul 25

Frida's Fragrance: Art, Scent, & Persona

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

Sign Up - $20

Sep 19

OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

Sign Up - $


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