Welcome! This itinerary is a beginning. You are invited to create your own conversation dates for the community or a group of buddies. Perhaps your bubble or quaranteam has a weekly coffee date. Maybe you want to start a journal and share some entries on social media.

Or maybe you want to immerse yourself in solitary reading, knowing that others are out there too.

Co-creating with you a community reading experience.

 

If you haven’t registered yet, please click here to receive reading support and program announcements. 

 

Introductory slideshow, Getting to Know Henry.

 

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Just joining us? Welcome!

You can start reading from the beginning, or join us in any chapter. A few people are skipping or skimming the Economy chapter anyway.  We can talk about any chapter during the conversation dates.

 

October 26 – November 1
Finish Economy

rationale for book
what is necessary in life?
how we spend our time
the purpose of clothing
how we understand shelter
building the cabin and expenses
variations on a theme: economy
the nature of architecture
food and furniture
philanthropy

Wednesday, October 28
Walking Conversation in Donnelly
5:00 pm Meet at Donnelly Public Library and walk to Boulder Creek Trail.

November 2 – 8
Where I Lived and What I Lived For, Reading
philosophy of living
simplify
birth, awakening
live fully
books are treasures

Monday, November 2
Walking Conversation in New Meadows
4:00 – 5:00 pm Meet at 45th Parallel Pond inside Meadow Creek.

Tuesday, November 3
Walking Conversation in McCall
4:00 – 5:00 pm Meet at the brick old Visitor’s Center in Ponderosa State Park

Thursday, November 5
Walking Conversation in Bear Basin, McCall
12 noon Meet at the “Hub” parking area, about 1.5 miles in on Bear Basin/Old Brundage Road.

November 9 – 15
Sounds, Solitude, Visitors
summer chores at Walden
the railroad
animal sounds
inward meditation, knowing ourselves
nature’s company
society’s company

Tuesday, November 10
Walking Conversation
4:30 – 5:30 pm at the Sheep Bridge on Mission x Smokejumper Base

Wednesday, November 11
Tea and Conversation at CUB
5:00 – 6:00 pm Community Hub McCall, 114 N. Third Street

November 16 – 22
The Bean-Field, The Village, The Ponds

husbandry and what we cultivate

at war with weeds and woodchucks

what is sacred?

society as a counterpoint

the power of the dark and getting lost

going to jail

purity of the pond

our relationship with nature

Wednesday, November 18 Cancelled 
Walking Conversation in Cascade
4:00 – 5:00 pm Meet at Kelly’s Whitewater Park

Register here to receive a reminder and let us know to expect you. Please note, if it’s blizzarding or no one registers, we won’t hold this walk.

Friday, November 20
Open House-style Conversation and Tea at CUB
12:00 noon – 2:00pm

November 23 – 29
Baker Farm, Higher Laws, Brute Neighbors
definition of poverty
paying visits
beware working “to live”
divinity of the “wild”
humans need wildness
animals
conversation between hermit and poet
ant war and loon game

Tuesday, November 24
Virtual Conversation
4:30- 5:30 pm
All participants will receive a reminder and Zoom link.

November 30 – December 6
House-Warming, Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors, Winter Animals
autumn changes
hospitality
getting warm
value of wood
history of local residents
being a heathen
anecdotes and descriptions of people, including Transcendentalists
animal anecdotes

Tuesday, December 1
Walking Conversation 1:30- 2:30 pm
Meet at the ball fields at Davis and Fairway Drive, between Aspen Market and the golf course

Friday, December 4
Walking Conversation 4:00- 5:00 pm
Meet at the McCall Public Library

December 7 -13
The Pond in Winter, Spring, Conclusion
attributes of the pond and fishing
Walden Pond survey
laws of nature and ethics
ice cutting
mythologizing Walden
the pond thawing
sand foliage
consciousness of earth
laws of nature and regeneration
what the narrator learned
explore yourself
imagine possibilities
power of simplicity

Wednesday, December 9
Closing Tea and Conversation at CUB
5:00 – 7:00 pm Community Hub McCall, 114 N. Third Street
Open House style—drop by for a warm beverage and chat.

 

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

 

Recommended Editions of Walden

LibriVox Free Audio download

LibriVox version on YouTube–Chapter Timestamps in comments section

Audible Audio

$10 Yale University Press Edition available through The Barn Owl, 208 – 634 – 4440.

$5 Dover Thrift Edition available through The Barn Owl.

Free digital editions on Standard Ebooks.

Editions listed on goodreads.

Idaho Digital Consortium/Overdrive Links if you have a local library card:

Walden ebook on Overdrive 1
Walden ebook on Overdrive 2
All Thoreau ebooks on Overdrive