@ Marigold: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice

4 Tuesdays June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 | 6:30-7:45pm

Sliding Scale - Choose your contribution: $20, $35 or $50 for the series.

648 SW 2nd Street Corvallis, OR 97333 | Please use our shared entrance with Wild Yeast on SW B Ave.

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In this four-week book club, we'll gather to discuss our individual reading of Oliver Burkeman's New York Times bestseller, Four Thousand Weeks. In the book, Burkeman invites us to recognize the unsurprising truth of finitude and the more surprising freedom that comes from embracing limitation. This book is a refreshing breeze for our, collectively, overworked psyches and just might be a healing balm for our productivity-obsessed culture. Burkeman's analysis spans history, psychology, philosophy and spirituality and offers a compelling contemplation of our greatest time management problem: the challenge of how best to use our, on average, four thousand weeks or eighty some odd years of life. While we're at it, topics of control, personal sovereignty, meaning, and happiness come to the fore.


Please come to each session having identified 2-3 of the most salient (for you) topics, quotes, or sections from the reading. The time together will be spent in guided personal reflections and simple contemplative experiments, conversation in dyads, and group discussion. This program will be lightly facilitated by Kate Gallagher. 



Session 1: June 25 Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2 
Session 2: July 2 Chapters 3-6
Session 3: July 9 Chapters 7-11
Session 4: July 16 Chapters 12+



Buy the Book: GrassRoots BookstorePowell's Bookstore  | Amazon

Listen to the Audiobook: Audible  

Borrow the Book: Corvallis Public Library | OSU Valley Library

For accommodations related to ability, please contact us at ContemplativeStudies@oregonstate.edu or please leave a voice mail at 541-737-4785. Padded folding chairs, zafus, zabutons, meditation benches and blankets are all available for use at Marigold. Click here to register. Enrollment fees are refundable until June 21.