Bethany Weekend

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Bethany Weekend Workshop
***We will soon be announcing the 2018 schedule of Bethany Weekends***

An Intimate Two Day Philosophical and Cultural Get-Away

Our last Workshop:
The Intentional Household
October 28-29, 2017
This workshop was an in-depth examination of the nature of the most primordial of human communities—the household. We will focus especially on how to take steps to revitalize our homes by reclaiming an ancient wisdom and applying it to these challenging times.

Space limited to 14 persons.

4 lectures, plus a guided discussion
Time for fellowship, relaxation and conversation
3 Home-cooked meals (lunch/dinner/brunch)
Evening Reading (such as a Belloc Essay, or a short story) and Discussion
We would like to welcome you into our home and to offer you an opportunity to study a perennial wisdom and how it might be applied today.
Hosted by John and Sofia Cuddeback
At Fair Knowe, our home
Our home is at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the bank of the Shenandoah River. An other-worldly peace and beauty provide the backdrop for our gathering, just one hour west of the Capital Beltway.

Cost: $350 per person ($650 per couple), includes 3 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch). Participants will be provided relevant handouts and reading lists. Overnight lodging available just a few minutes away at Holiday Inn Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows

Saturday, October 28
9—9:30 Arrival and registration (light refreshment available)
9:45 Welcome and overview
10:00—10:50 First Lecture with Q & A
11:00—11:55 Second Lecture with Q & A
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Quiet Time for Rest, Reading, or Tour
2:30—3:20 Third Lecture
3:30—4:45 Guided Discussion
5:00 Prepare for dinner
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Reading and discussion

Sunday, October 29
Mass on own (e.g., 10a.m at Christendom chapel)
11:30 Reconvene
12:00 Brunch
1:00 Final lecture and discussion
3:00 Farewell

The purpose of these Weekend Workshops is fundamentally threefold:
–to gain intellectual formation
–to consider issues of perennial and current importance among people of like mind
–to experience a simple hospitality in a peaceful and beautiful place

John A. Cuddeback, PhD, is professor and chairman of the Philosophy Department at Christendom College. He writes and lectures on various topics including culture, natural law, contemplation, friendship, and family and household. His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness, was republished in 2010. His academic writings have appeared in Nova et Vetera and The Thomist, as well as in various academic volumes. His website dedicated to the philosophy of family and household takes its name from his acorn-fattened pigs: John is an avid gardener and hunter, and lives with his wife Sofia and six children in the Shenandoah Valley.

Please send us an email in which you tell us in a few sentences about yourself and why you would like to come.
Email us at: [email protected]
Limited financial aid available.

Testimonials from our first Bethany Weekend:
“Bethany weekend at Fair Knowe provided an excellent atmosphere to ponder human nature, and the purpose of work and joy in our lives. One senses the presence and love of God in the sounds and view of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and more so in the welcoming hospitality and attentiveness of John and Sofia and their gracious family in their home.” M.S., Philadelphia

“The splendor of the location was only outdone by the conversation and hospitality of the Cuddeback family. This was a weekend of true refreshment of mind and body.” C.W., Richmond