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Lewis & Clark, Prince Maximilian Summer Tour
July 18-27, 2017
Hands down everyone’s “favorite” with over seventeen years traveling with guests along the Lewis & Clark Trail. Your own flotilla of canoes meander among edge of the steep White Cliffs of the Missouri River . Lewis wrote “it seemed as if those seens of visionary inchantment would never end.” Then off you go to the infamous Bitterroot Mountains where you will camp and walk among the footsteps of the intrepid explorers. Nez Perce and Lewis & Clark sites you will visit include: Snowbank, The Smoking Place, Lonesome Cove, Indian Post Office, The Sinque Hole and more. This tour is outfitted, guided and catered by one of America’ s finest outfitters, hand-selected for your pleasure. Enjoy an evening visit by Captain Meriwether Lewis at Eagle Camp. You will also be camping this evening in a famous painting of Karl Bodmer. Five nights lodging; four nights camping. All-inclusive except airfare.
To Live Deliberately: Walden & Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire
Winter 2018 Book Retreat • January 10-15 • Lochsa Lodge, ID
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Clay regards Walden as the American Book. You should read Walden, Desert Solitaire, and “Civil Disobedience” before you arrive. Clay’s preferred edition of Thoreau will be mailed to you. Much of our conversation will involve a detailed examination of this great text, with a particular emphasis on the chapters “Economy,” “Reading,” and “Where I Lived and What I Lived For.” Lochsa Lodge is a great place to read books in mid-winter, but it is a perfect place to read Thoreau’s Walden. Thoreau says you need to read books in the way the author wished you to come to terms with them. You have to read great books, as it were, on tiptoe. Clay believes you cannot give yourself generously to this seminal text without striving to live more deliberately. Edward Abbey was a kind of grumpier Thoreau (if that’s possible), and his classic Desert Solitaire bears chapter-by-chapter comparison with the themes of Walden.
Shakespeare in the Wilderness
Winter 2018 Book Retreat • January 17-22 • Lochsa Lodge, ID
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Some of the best writing in the English language comes from the pen of poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare. Many people feel intimidated by Shakespeare, perhaps because of their high school encounters with Julius Caesar or Romeo and Juliet. Clay’s approach is to demystify Shakespeare, to teach participants how to read Shakespeare with joy, confidence, and discernment. Although Clay is often regarded as a historian, his actual training, at the University of Minnesota and Oxford, was in English Literature, the Renaissance, Shakespeare, John Donne, and John Milton. All of his degrees are in English. With the help of the best film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, Clay will guide us through two plays per day, plus some sonnets, and related poetry by his personal favorite John Donne. You will be amazed by the level of joy, laughter, and unpretentious literary satisfaction you experience in this humanities retreat. Clay has taught Shakespeare at Pomona College, the law school of the University of North Dakota, the University of Vermont, and Bismarck State College.