Ben Franklin Circle

Transform your life. Transform your world.

These are the goals of the Ben Franklin Circles. The Ben Franklin Circles are a bold, nationwide initiative that bring people together with two goals: (i) help us improve ourselves; (ii) help us improve our world. Our Sedona Philosophy Ben Franklin Circle has a complete membership, and will run through October of 2019.

In September, 2018, Sedona Philosophy began hosting a Ben Franklin Circle in partnership with Red Rock State Park and with the support of the 92nd Street Y.

We recruited 12 participants who meet monthly at Red Rock State Park for 13 months. Each month we explore one of Franklin’s 13 virtues and consider how it could bring about personal and social transformation.

While Ben Franklin Circles are springing up all over the country with about 100  circles currently meeting, ours is the first that is meeting out of doors. Each month, the circle will select an area in Red Rock State Park that is appropriate for the virtue under consideration.

Why Ben Franklin?

Founding father and master inventor, Ben Franklin was also a pioneer of self-improvement. He understood the connection between personal and public well being.

Why Sedona Philosophy?

Dialogue is at the heart of all Sedona Philosophy programs. We support learning through exchange, guided by the values of goodwill and careful, creative thinking. We believe some of our best thinking happens outside, where we are reminded of our connection to the natural world, and to each other.

Why Red Rock State Park?

Sedona is known worldwide for its beauty and inspiration. Red Rock State Park is an environmental education center where people can come to reflect on their lives and learn about the world around them.

Meeting Dates are the second Sunday of each month, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. (The time may shift depending on the season.) Dates are as follows:

  • September 9, 2018 (temperance)
  • October 14, 2018 (silence)
  • November 11, 2018, Veteran’s Day (order)
  • December 9, 2018 (resolution)
  • January 13, 2019 (frugality)
  • February 10, 2019 (industry)
  • March 10, 2019 (sincerity)
  • April 14, 2019 (justice)
  • May 12, 2019, Mother’s Day (moderation)
  • June 9, 2019 (cleanliness)
  • July 14, 2019 (chastity)
  • August 11, 2019 (tranquility)
  • September 8, 2019 (humility)