Philosophy of Nature Day Retreat
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
What is the relationship between human beings and nature? A long tradition in
Western Philosophy has depicted nature as something separate from, and inferior to humanity. Connected to this idea is the long-standing notion that nature is of
instrumental value to human beings, but has no intrinsic value of its own that is
worthy of our respect and care. In this workshop we will critically examine this
tradition and the ways that it permeates our world, and we will work to move
We will start our day together with an interactive lecture on the Western tradition
of the philosophy of nature, and discuss the ways in which old beliefs and norms
remain alive for us today. Then we will break for lunch and return to consider some
passages from contemporary environmental ethicists that will inspire us to rethink
the value of nature, and how we might cultivate a deeper connection with the natural world.
We’ll then have a chance to creatively experiment with prompts inspired by our
contemporary authors, and spend some time “being present” in nature on the
grounds of TreeSong and nearby trails. We’ll return from our meditative time outdoors to discuss our experiences and set intentions for creating stronger
connections with nature in our everyday lives.
- sack lunch
- rain coat and waterproof shoes
- hat and gloves (just in case)
- watch or timepiece
- journal/notebook you can write and draw in
Pre-registration required, maximum of 10 nature lovers
Please register by April 14th. (If you miss the deadline, please call to see if there are any spots left ~ 360-837-8733).
Online registration, click here