Explore ideas and explore Sedona—together. We are deeply connected to the natural world, and we think about things differently when we are outdoors in a beautiful setting. Our weekend retreats are a getaway that actively engages and restores the body, mind, and spirit. Each workshop is focused on an area of meaningful philosophical inquiry. See below for dates and descriptions. We hope to welcome you to Sedona soon for this immersive and transformative experience!

6bb4af_87f95b0edb754b27aef9b04deff9582dMost retreats last 3 days, which means an extended weekend is all you need. We begin with introductions and our first discussion on Friday afternoon. We return Saturday morning until early afternoon. We take a break for the afternoon for exploration, reflection, or other activities of your choice. We conclude the day with a wine and cheese reception. We meet again on Sunday morning, wrapping up at lunch.

Each retreat is crafted by a subject-area expert who has designed an experiential, participatory learning program. We suggest readings prior to, during, and after the retreat. However, the retreats do not require any reading or acquaintance with philosophy--just curiosity and a desire to explore big ideas—whether ancient or brand new.

Retreats incorporate interaction as well as quiet contemplation. Philosophy is grounded in dialogic exchange of ideas, and we know that what comes out of a conversation an authentic exchange of ideas can be organically productive. However, we also realize the benefit of personal reflection and quiet meditation. That’s why we do both. We move in and out of doors, and in and out of discussion to bring you to a new place of understanding and learning.

We can also customize retreats for private groups and organizations. Just call 928-433-2284 or email us with your interests and needs. We’ll customize a special Sedona experience that is just right for you!

Schedule one of our standard retreats for your group today.

Or, request a customized retreat and we will develop a curriculum just for your group.


The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? And what does that question really mean? This retreat takes on the ultimate philosophical question. Examine famous philosophical answers, and even formulate your own. Learn new strategies for thinking about philosophical inquiry, truth, subjectivity, and objectivity, and see why these ideas matter to us in deeply personal ways.


Beauty and the Sublime

We find beauty in breathtaking landscapes, in artworks, and even the human form. The sublime takes us beyond the beautiful to the expansive and the awe-inspiring, like the Grand Canyon and the starry sky. The beautiful and the sublime are almost always outwardly directed--at objects. But they may be internal as well-inside ourselves and other people. Explore the beautiful and the sublime--in Sedona, and in yourself.


SycamoreThe Importance Of Nature

What is our relation to nature and what should it be? Can we come up with an environmental ethic? Do other species other than humans have rights? This retreat will focus on these questions and discuss how philosophers from many ages and cultures have theorized about the importance of nature.


Long Canyon Dead Mans Pass signClimate Change Reality

What do we know about climate change? How much certainty and uncertainty is there in climate science? Explore surprising examples of climate change misinformation, and learn how to detect it yourself. Identify logical fallacies and be better prepared to address the climate change reality in our world.


Credit: Anita Ritenour, and Nature

What is human friendship? What might experiences of immersion in nature add to human friendships? How might we apply the nature of human friendship to the non-human natural world? This retreat examines how nature can be a place where our most lasting human relationships are forged and fostered, particularly in our age of increased technological interaction. 


Science And Spirituality

Can science answer all significant questions? What role does spirituality play in scientific investigation? How are science and spirituality related? This retreat examines the power of both science and spirituality as we study the ideas of philosophers, scientists, and spiritual teachers, from many ages and cultures.


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