The Art of Walking

Date(s) - 09/02/17 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Hancock Shaker Village

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Join us for a leisurely walk along the Farm and Forest Trail to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. Transcendentalism, the movement with which Thoreau is associated, came of age at the same time that utopian communities like the Shakers were reaching their peak.

On this walk, we’ll read excerpts from Thoreau’s essay “Walking” and discuss connections between the Shakers and Transcendentalism.  We’ll also consider what we can learn today from these utopian thinkers and how our lives may benefit from “the art of Walking.”

The walk along the accessible one-mile trail will last approximately one hour.  This program is part of a statewide Thoreau Read organized by The Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  The hike is included in regular admission to the Village; Adults $20 (many discounts apply), $8 youth (13-17 yrs), and children 12 and younger FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of Berkshire Bank.  Before or after the hike, visitors are welcome to peruse other works by Thoreau and to make a nature journal in the Discovery Barn.

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