2019 Events at The Good Life Center

Special Events

Open Farm Day | July 28th, 9am – 3pm
The GLC will once again participate in the Maine Department of Agriculture Open Farm Day. Author and homesteader Kirsten Lie-Nelson will highlight the day’s activities. Ms. Lie-Neilson is the author of So you want to be a modern homesteader? and lives and works on Hostile Valley Farm in Liberty, ME.

Monday Night Speaker Series

All Monday night lectures start at 7pm sharp. The house opens at 6:30pm.

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   2019 Summer Speaker Series

The guiding principle of the Good Life Center’s summer speaker series is ‘Living Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World.’ This is the byline of Helen and Scott Nearing most famous work, Living the Good Life. The Good Life Center aspires to challenge and encourage the community to act and live in a more progressive and sustainable manner, much like Helen and Scott did through their writings, lectures, and community meetings. Activists, farmers, homesteaders, authors, a rural educator, and a former Maine Poet Laureate highlight the summer series. All programs are free to the public but donations are gladly accepted. Programs start a 7pm.

Artist and activist Rob Shetterly will lead a discussion about climate change and its effects on Monday, June 10th. He will also be discussing the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Blue Hill this summer. On Monday, July 1st, Susan Hand Shetterly will be reading from her book, Seaweed Chronicles, and leading a discussion on this timely and important environmental issue of seaweed harvesting. On Monday, July 8th, local Organic Farmers Karen and Paul Volkhausen will talk about the challenges and rewards of organic farming, as well as their vision of the future of organic farming in the state of Maine. On Monday, July 15th, Alan Furth, the director of the Cobscook Community Learning Center, will lead a discussion of the challenges of rural education and how his program addresses the needs of at risk youth and community poverty in one of Maine’s poorest counties. Maine’s 2016 Poet Laureate and Deer Isle resident, Stu Kestenbaum, will lead a presentation entitled, ‘Poetry as Community’ on Monday, July 22nd. On Monday, July 29th, homesteader and researcher Greg Joly will help the GLC mark the 100th anniversary of Scott Nearing’s trial for sedition by leading a discussion about the trial, its significance, and its relevance to today’s world affairs. Scott was jailed for writing and speaking out against corporate greed and war profiteering. On Monday, August 5th, founders of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Robin Alden and Ted Ames will lead a discussion on the changes and challenges to sustaining coastal resources in the age of climate change and ocean pollution. On Monday August 12th, Professor and author Mimi Sheller will lead a discussion on climate change and the world’s refugee crisis and read from her books, Mobility Justice and Island Futures. On Monday, August 19th, Port Clyde photographer and author Margot Kelly will lead a discussion about the homesteading movement from the 1880’s to the present time. On Monday, August 26th, Rockland resident and activist Melissa Gates of the Surfrider Foundation will lead a discussion on how local coastal communities can help solve the problems of coastal resource depletion and ocean pollution.

Check out the dates and presenters below

June 10 | Robert Shetterly, local artist and activist of Americans That Tell the Truth will lead a discussion on climate change and the upcoming climate change conference in Blue Hill planned for June.

July 1 | Susan Hand Shetterly will read from her book, Seaweed Chronicles and lead a discussion of the challenges facing our local coastal environment.

July 8 | Karen and Paul Volkhausen, local organic farmers, will lead a discussion on the challenges and rewards of organic farming, as well as the future of the organic farming movement in coastal Maine.

July 15 | Alan Furth, director of the Cobscook Community Learning Center will present about the challenges of rural education and how his program in Washington County addresses the needs of at-risk youth and the effects of community poverty.

July 22 | 2016 Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum will lead a presentation on ‘Poetry as Community.’

July 29 | Greg Joly, homesteader and researcher, will lead a discussion of the 100th anniversary of Scott Nearing’s trial for sedition. Scott Nearing was jailed for writing and speaking against corporate greed and war profiteering.

August 5 | Deer Isle residents and founders of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Robin Alden and Ted Ames, will lead a discussion of the changes and challenges facing the fishing industry and the coastal environment.

August 12 | Author and professor Mimi Sheller will lead a discussion on her two books: Mobility Justice and Sustainable Island Futures-from Maine to the Caribbean.

August 19 | Author and researcher Margot L. Kelley will discuss her latest project, a history of the modern homesteading movement from the 1880’s to the present.

August 26 | Activist Melissa Gates, Northeast Regional Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, will discuss ocean policy and citizen participation in cleaning up our oceans.