Events at The Good Life Center

Summer Speaker Series


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

The Monday Night Meeting Speaker Series has been 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.

In the 2021 season, the series was moved to Sunday afternoons in order to provide more access to a greater number of attendees. Response to the change has been positive and supportive; expect to see the 2022 Speaker Series take place at this new time.



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.