The Joy of Downsizing
Nov
5
9:30 AM09:30

The Joy of Downsizing

  • The Osher Institute at the College of William & Mary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Some are born to downsize, some rise to it, and some have downsizing thrust upon them. In this course we will examine the motives and means of downsizing today, concentrating on the one method that yields enduring happiness: living only with what you love.
Registration required.

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The Joy of Powerlessness
Oct
15
9:30 AM09:30

The Joy of Powerlessness

  • The Osher Institute at the College of William & Mary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For seven years, Diana Lorence and her husband lived in an unelectrified, twelve-by-twelve-foot house they built themselves, hidden in the woods without power of any kind, in a world lit only by fire. What Diana did in her way, we may do in our own. We each see something of ourselves in Diana's beautiful story.  We all have an Innermost Life. 

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Lead With Your Weakness
Oct
8
9:30 AM09:30

Lead With Your Weakness

  • The Osher Institute at the College of Wiiliam & Mary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It is said that public speaking is American’s greatest fear. In this single-session course, we will explore the gentle art of speaking in public from a new point of view. Each of us will have an opportunity to stand up (or sit down) and address our own group for a moment. All shall be well!

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Introducing Mr. Henry Thoreau
Sep
25
11:00 AM11:00

Introducing Mr. Henry Thoreau

Please join Diana Lorence at the beautiful Williamsburg Landing for this special presentation and celebration of Henry Thoreau’s two hundred and second year. There will be pictures and words and questions and answers as we examine together the life of the patron saint of American simplicity.

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Life in the Woods: An American Passion
Sep
24
9:30 AM09:30

Life in the Woods: An American Passion

  • The Osher Institute at the College of William & Mary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From the beginning, the woods have haunted the American imagination. The woods mean self-reliance to us, they mean independence. The woods mean renewal. The woods mean solitude and silence and peace. Please join Diana and Michael Lorence for this philosophical and artistic look into the American woods of our imagination.

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Life On Fire: The Technology of Walden
Jul
11
1:00 PM13:00

Life On Fire: The Technology of Walden

You are Invited to join us at Diana’s seventh annual appearance at the Thoreau Society's Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts, to discuss fire as the fundamental technology of Walden, informing all other aspects of domestic life. For information about tickets and the rest of the program, please visit the Thoreau Society website.

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The Joy of Small House Living
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

The Joy of Small House Living

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free evening of stories, pictures, questions and answers as Diana Lorence of Innermost House presents "The Joy of Small House Living." This event is generously sponsored by the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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The Joy of Downsizing
May
9
9:30 AM09:30

The Joy of Downsizing

  • The Osher Institute at the College of William & Mary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Some are born to downsize, some rise to it, and some have downsizing thrust upon them. In this course we will examine the motives and means of downsizing today, concentrating on the one method that yields enduring happiness: living only with what you love.
Registration required.

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Cabin Fever:  The Story of an Archetype
Apr
30
9:30 AM09:30

Cabin Fever: The Story of an Archetype

  • The Osher Institute at the College of William & Mary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cabin Fever explores the history and meaning of this most American of architectural forms, from its antecedents in Europe and Asia, to Native American and colonial beginnings, to the feverish enthusiasm it enjoys today. What do cabins have to do with being American?
Registration required.

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Simplicity and Happiness: The West
Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

Simplicity and Happiness: The West

The search for a simpler life has a long and distinguished history in America, from its colonial beginnings to the present day.  This final meeting of a three-week course will examine the practical possibilities of a simpler and happier life through the lens of the Far West, John Muir and Ansel Adams. Registration required.

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Simplicity and Happiness: Walden
Nov
1
9:30 AM09:30

Simplicity and Happiness: Walden

The search for a simpler life has a long and distinguished history in America, from its colonial beginnings to the present day.  This second meeting of a three-week course will examine the practical possibilities of a simpler and happier life through the lens of Walden, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau. Registration required.

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Simplicity and Happiness: Williamsburg
Oct
25
9:30 AM09:30

Simplicity and Happiness: Williamsburg

The search for a simpler life has a long and distinguished history in America, from its colonial beginnings to the present day.  This first meeting of a three-week course will examine the practical possibilities of a simpler and happier life through the lens of Thomas Jefferson and historic Virginia. Registration required.

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A Talk on Tiny Houses and Happiness
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

A Talk on Tiny Houses and Happiness

You are invited to join us in historic Pasadena, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana Lorence presents "Innermost House and the Ideal of Simplicity: a Talk on Tiny Houses and Happiness." This event is generously sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library, with special thanks to Ms. Christine Reeder. 

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Seven Years in the Woods: A True Story
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

Seven Years in the Woods: A True Story

  • Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to join us in beautiful Costa Mesa, California for this free morning of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana Lorence presents "Seven Years in the Woods: A True Story of Tiny Houses, Simplicity and Happiness." This event is generously sponsored by the Costa Mesa Public Library, with special thanks to Ms. Nancy Pe'a. 

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Exploring the Ideal of Simplicity
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring the Ideal of Simplicity

You are invited to join us in beautiful Cypress, California for this free morning of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana Lorence presents "Innermost House and the Ideal of Simplicity: a Talk on Tiny Houses and Happiness." This event is generously sponsored by the Cypress Public Library, with special thanks to Mr. Stanley Wang and Ms. Cyrise Smith.

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Tiny Houses, Huts, and Innermost House
Apr
16
2:00 PM14:00

Tiny Houses, Huts, and Innermost House

You are invited to join us in historic Williamsburg, Virginia for an afternoon of conversation, questions and answers as we explore the foundations of the tiny house movement in the archetype of the "Primitive Hut" as exemplified by Innermost House.  This event is generously sponsored by the William & Mary Department of Art and Art History.

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Loving the Tiny House Life
Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

Loving the Tiny House Life

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures, questions and answers as Diana Lorence of Innermost House presents "Loving the Tiny House Life." This event is generously sponsored by the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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Houses and Homelessness
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Houses and Homelessness

Please join us for a conversation led by Diana and Michael Lorence as we explore one of the most pressing issues of the day from the perspective of eternity: the problem of homelessness. This special event is sponsored by Ms. Debbie Synder of the Snyder Real Estate Group in Martinez, California. Reservations full, with our apologies.

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Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana and Michael Lorence present "Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity." This event is generously sponsored by the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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The Lessons of Walden
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

The Lessons of Walden

You are invited to join us in beautiful Lafayette, California for this free afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana and Michael Lorence present "Innermost House and the Lessons of Walden." This event is generously sponsored by: the Lafayette Community Library and Learning Center, with special thanks to Vickie Sciacca and Amy Pipkin.

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Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden
Oct
1
3:00 PM15:00

Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden

You are invited to join us in beautiful Berkeley, California for an afternoon of stories, pictures and conversation as Diana and Michael Lorence present "Tiny Houses and the Legacy of Walden." This event is generously sponsored by: the Berkeley Public Library with special thanks to Wendy Hyman.

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