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


Dec 28

New Year’s House Party | Remembering 1919 – A Hellish Year

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Dec 29

Scenius Summit 2019: No Professor New Year's Weekend

Taught by
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $100

Jan 4

Museum Visit | Strange Beauty in the Italian Renaissance

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at The Morgan Library & Museum

Sign Up - $15

Jan 11

Somebody to Love: A Feminist Reading of Freddie Mercury

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jan 22

Living Room Salon | Our Struggle with Free Will

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

Sign Up - $15

Jan 24

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Feb 2

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 15

Philosophy and Friendship

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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