Philosophy of Nature Day Retreat

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 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
beyond it.


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

Tuition:  $60

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


About your Retreat leader:

IMG_0301 - Version 2Monica Vilhauer, Ph.D is a philosophy professor who, after a decade of teaching in Virginia, has returned home to Oregon to expand philosophy beyond the classroom and explore its practical side. Monica considers philosophy to be more than an intellectual exercise. It is a way of life! She started the business Curious Soul Philosophy in 2015, and now organizes and leads innovative workshops and retreats that aim to connect philosophy to lived-experience, and make philosophy accessible to a broad audience.
For more information, check out her website  Curious Soul Philosophy

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