Events

Brown Bag Yoga with Eric Read
Thursdays, September 14 through October 26, 12-1:30pm
Drop in or attend all sessions at Thoreau Farm. Meditation and yoga in the birth room and outside on the grounds. Stay after the yoga and bring your lunch. Eric Read is the owner and yoga instructor at Serenity Yoga in Maynard. $12 suggested donation. email margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org

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“Is Walden Okay?: Patterns of Phosphorous and Oxygen in the Pond”
Sunday, September 17, 3-4:30pm

John M. Nevison will talk about the effects of phosphorous and dissolved oxygen on Walden Pond. The interaction of these two elements is the root cause of modern toxic algae blooms such as those that have occurred on White Pond. This talk will demonstrate a simple dynamic model that ties together the data on these elements and illustrates the level of the current threats to the well-being of Walden Pond.

The talk will also demonstrate that when the modern high levels of phosphorous are removed, the model reveals the probable pattern of the Pond’s function in earlier times. The surprising finding is that, even in the late autumn of 1846 when Thoreau lived beside it, Walden Pond, at its deepest points, probably ran out of oxygen.

This event is free and open to the public. Email margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org to make a reservation. Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society.

John M. (Jack) Nevison is President of New Leaf Project Management and lives within a half-mile of Walden Pond. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on computing and management. His first simulation model, about a watershed ecosystem, was published in 1974. His most recent white paper explains the ideal seasonal fluctuation in the water level of Walden Pond.

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FREE admission and FREE guided tours during the Thoreau Bicentennial

Free admission and free guided tours — 11am, 1pm and 3pm — every Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, October 29.

Lawrence Millman, author talk on his latest book, “At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic.” October 1, 3-5pm

“At the End of the World” is the heartbreaking account of a series of obscure murders in the remote Belcher Islands and the ludicrous trial that followed. It is also an elegiac and unsentimental lamentation for a now dying way of life on the northern perimeter of our planet where the Inuit people have always resided. The story has Thoreauvian themes, and Millman promises the book to delight devotees of Henry.

This event is free and open to the public. Email margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org to make a reservation. Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society.

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David Maguire, “Here I Am: Concord Connections,” Book Launch, Saturday, Oct. 21. 3-5pm

David Maguire was born 32 years ago with cerebral palsy, and has met every challenge thrown at him. David (named for Henry David Thoreau) is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School and Lasell College. “Here I Am: Concord Connections” celebrates David’s infectious joy of living a full life.

This event is free and open to the public. Email margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org to make a reservation.

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Thoreau on & off the Page: Journal Writing on the Move A Creative Writing and Mindfulness Workshop, Saturdays, Oct. 21 and Nov. 28, 10am-5pm, $80 per session

 Dr. Ernesto Estrella will teach two one-day journal writing workshops.

Participants will learn different journaling techniques alongside listening and mindfulness practices extracted from Thoreau’s Journal. The workshop starts with a two-hour session at Thoreau Farm. In these morning hours we will introduce the Journal and participants will learn skills necessary for impactful journal writing. After a lunch break, we will visit the exhibition “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal” at the Concord Museum. Following our visit, our journalists will share their impressions of the exhibition and partake in a two-hour creative writing session at the Thoreau Institute.

Founder and director of the Nomadic School of the Senses (NoSoS), Dr. Estrella is a member of the Thoreau Society and a Thoreau scholar and translator. He has served as assistant professor of Contemporary Poetry at Yale University. An author and musician, Dr. Estrella was the executive director of The Voice Observatory, a music and sound-art platform funded by the Senate of Berlin from 2015-16.

Contact margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org for more information and registration for this course. Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society.

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What Would Henry Do?: Panel Discussion, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-4pm

Based on Thoreau Farm’s new book, What Would Henry Do?: Essays for the 21st Century, a panel of Thoreauvian essayists, including Maria Madison, Tim Hebert, Jack Nevision, Leslie PerrinWilson, and moderated by Ken Lizotte, will discuss their contributions to the book and lead a group discussion on potential actions Thoreau might take if he were with us today.

Sponsored by the Concord Festival of Authors.

Location: Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA