Events at The Good Life Center

Summer Speaker Series

Herbalist, author, activist Deb Soule rescheduled at the Good Life Center 

Herbalist Deb Soule will present at the Good life Center on Sunday, September 26, at 2 :00 p.m. Soule is the founder of Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine, and her talk’s focus will be herbal remedies to improve physical and emotional responses to the anxiety and emotional stress created by the pandemic. Deb is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of “Healing Herbs for Women,” “How to Move Like a Gardener,” and “The Healing Garden.” Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age sixteen. Deb’s faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas.

The presentation will take place rain or shine. Bring your lawn chair and come early to enjoy a tour of the house and gardens. CDC guidelines for small outside gatherings will be in place. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, go to or call 374-5386.



Watch previous seasons of the Good Life Center Monday Night Meeting Speaker Series on youtube

The Monday Night Meeting Speaker Series is an important aspect of the Good Life Center’s mission of promoting the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing. We use the byline of their famous book, Living the Good Life, ‘Living Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World’ as the core principle of the speaker series. The Good Life Center speaker series hopes to interest and challenge the community to confront the difficult issues of our troubled times in productive, creative, sustainable and progressive ways.



The 2019 season of Monday Night Meetings included:

June 10, 2019 | Robert Shetterly, local artist and activist of Americans That Tell the Truth, led a discussion on climate change.

July 1, 2019 | Susan Hand Shetterly read from her book, Seaweed Chronicles and led a discussion of the challenges facing our local coastal environment.

July 8, 2019 | Karen and Paul Volkhausen, local organic farmers, led 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, 2019 | Alan Furth, director of the Cobscook Community Learning Center presented 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, 2019| 2016 Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum will led a presentation on ‘Poetry as Community.’

July 29, 2019 | Greg Joly, homesteader and researcher, led 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, 2019 | Deer Isle residents and founders of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Robin Alden and Ted Ames, led a discussion of the changes and challenges facing the fishing industry and the coastal environment.

August 12, 2019 | Author and professor Mimi Sheller led a discussion on her two books: Mobility Justice and Sustainable Island Futures-from Maine to the Caribbean.

August 19, 2019 | Author and researcher Margot L. Kelley discussed her latest project, a history of the modern homesteading movement from the 1880’s to the present.

August 26, 2019 | Activist Melissa Gates, Northeast Regional Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, discussed ocean policy and citizen participation in cleaning up our oceans.