Bethany Weekend

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Bethany Weekend Workshop

An Intimate Two Day Philosophical and Cultural Get-Away

Space limited to 16 persons.

Theme for Weekend
Human Nature, Work, and Leisure

Date: August 5-6

3 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

Tentative Schedule
9—9:30 Arrival and registration (light refreshment available)
9:45 Welcome and overview
10:00 First Lecture with Q & A
(five minute break)
11:00 Second Lecture with Q & A
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Quiet Time for Rest, Reading, etc.
2:00 Group tour of homestead (optional)
3:30 Guided Discussion
5:00 Prepare for dinner
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Reading and discussion

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.
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Limited financial aid available.