Events at The Good Life Center

2022 Sunday Speaker Series

Authors and activists highlight the 2022 Good Life Center’s Summer Speaker Series. The series continues the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing who regularly engaged the community in discussing important issues in progressive and creative ways.  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. Presentations take place outside at the Good Life Center on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information and directions, go to or call 374-5386.

July 3          Patrick Donovan, environmentalist and activist at the Berkshire School will discuss the intersection of                                    climate change and social justice.

July 10        Matt Murphy, WERU’s manager, will present on community radio and the media’s role in addressing the                                 important news topics of today’s world.

July 17         Environmentalist and children’s author Lynn Cherry (The Great Kapok Tree) will share her research on the                             Florida black bear as well as her experience reaching and inspiring a next generation’s activism.

July 24        Homesteader, author, and Nearing scholar Greg Joly will discuss “Scott Nearing, Resource Wars and the                               Green Economy.”

July 31         Bill Case, teacher at Maine Maritime Academy and George Stevens Academy, will lead a discussion on                                    prewar Germany and the Holocaust and its relevance to today’s world.

August 7      Local Stonington scientist Abbi Barrows will present her renowned research on micro plastics in the ocean                            and environment.

August 14    Maine’s sixth poet laureate, Julie Bouwsma, will read her poetry about the natural world, gardening, and                                farming.

August 21    University of Maine Farmington professor Gretchen Legler will read from her book, Woodsqueer, a memoir                            of homesteading in central Maine.

August 28   Port Clyde author Margot Kelley will read from her book, Foodtopia, a treatise on the history of the                                            American homesteading movement.

Previous seasons of the Good Life Center Speaker Series may be accessed on youtube.