THE GUIDES

Andrea, Matt, Mike and Robin,  are four immensely qualified educators whose collective passion for both philosophy and the outdoors has brought them together to form Sedona Philosophy Experience. While they have each earned advanced degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country, their real strength lies in their ability to bring people together in a way that is inspiring and motivating. Their goal is to carry philosophy out of the classroom and onto the trail where people can use it to explore, ponder, discuss, and enjoy nature in an even deeper, more personal and more fulfilling way.

 

SPEX: An Arizona Benefit Corporation

SPEX is an Arizona Benefit Corporation. What does that mean?

Basically it means that our purposeto enhance environmental and philosophical awareness—is at the heart and center of our business. Unlike a regular corporation, we are not compelled to maximize shareholder profits. Of course we aim to be profitable, but having a positive social and environmental impact is our number one priority.  As a benefit corporation, we voluntarily submit to greater accountability and transparency requirements.

Environmentally and Socially Conscious

Often people care about the businesses they are supporting. Doing business with SPEX is a way to support environmentally and socially responsible work.  

In our bylaws we identify our express purpose as “conferring benefits on society and communities by providing opportunities that draw on philosophical methods and schools to engage participants. The subjects of this programming will be wide-ranging and cover topics as diverse as art, business management strategy, environmental awareness, and human experience of natural phenomena. In addition to in-person programming the Corporation may offer publications and online material and course delivery to further inquiry and learning among individuals and in society.

A Changing Business Landscape

In January, 2015 it became possible to form a benefit corporation with the Arizona Corporation Commission in this state. Twenty-Four other states currently allow benefit corporation entities.

Our History

In 2014 we piloted the Sedona Philosophy Circle, which started with four seminars on philosophical topics of regional interest:

Our Region - The Slide FirePhilosophy - Environmental Ethics

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Philosophy - Beauty and the Sublime

Then we held our first workshop on the philosophical approach of phenomenology held at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Sedona, Arizona.

Phen workshop

Then we held a series of talks with local photographer Ted Grussing at the Sedona International Film Festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theater.

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