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.


Learn about joining the Scenius for $10 / month



Other upcoming Olios


Feb 22

The Circular Road: Art and the Religious Imagination

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Sign Up - $20

Feb 28

Into the Mystic: Music & the Moving Image

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

Sign Up - $20

Mar 6

The 2nd Amendment Explained

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $15

Mar 13

Philosophy Club | Can We Say Everything?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Mar 15

Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Mar 16

OlioHouse | Willpower and the Right to Be Lazy

Taught by Jeanne Proust
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Mar 20

Reimagining the Carceral State: Art, Imagination, and an Abolitionist Future

Taught by Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Mar 23

Mar 27

Urban Development: From Reconstruction to Gentrification

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $15

Mar 28

Catfishing: The Artist as Trickster in Factual Fictions

Taught by Ted Barrow
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

Sign Up - $20

May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

Sign Up - $20


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