2018 Events at The Good Life Center

Special Events

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state.

Join us at historic Forest Farm, home of Scott and Helen Nearing. House and garden tours throughout the day as well as demonstrations of the Nearing’s farming and building methods. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns or the beach. Relax in a yurt.

Books by and about the Nearings will be for sale. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is FREE. 

This event is sponsored by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry.
Learn more about Maine open farm day here: maine.gov

In collaboration with Revision Energy Company, the Good Life Center will host a family workshop on solar energy.

Monday Night Speaker Series

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

“Living Sanely in a Troubled World”, the byline to Helen and Scott’s most influential book, Living the Good Life, is the central concept for the Good Life Center’s Summer Speaker Series. Presentations by activists, authors, farmers, homesteaders, and academics will address many of today’s most important issues by providing information, strategies, and ways to positively cope and thrive in our troubled economic, political, and spiritual landscape.

JULY 2 | Professor Nico Jenkins
Indivisible Blue Hill members led by Professor Nico Jenkins will kick off the speaker series with a community discussion on activism and the response to injustice in the post-truth world.

JULY 9 | Melanie and Josh Wehrein
Sedgwick residents Melanie and Josh Wehrein will present their personal journey entitled, “Following a Tangent from the Nearings to Bill Copperthwaite to a Three Story Yurt Homestead.”

JULY 16 | Noel Paul Stookey
The Good Life Center presents “An Intimate evening with Noel Paul Stookey: Reflecting on the Nearing Legacy.” Monday, July 23rd, Vermont homesteader Greg Joly will lead a discussion based on Scott Nearing’s 1929 book,
Black America

JULY 30th | Dana Ward
Professor Dana Ward will lead a discussion entitled, “Anarchism, from Godwin to Occupy.”

AUGUST 6 | Margot Kelly
Author Margot Kelly will make a presentation about how living in a utopian community influenced Scott Nearing’s vision of the good life entitled, “Arden on My Mind.”

AUGUST 13 | Eliot Coleman
Organic farmer Eliot Coleman will present “Organic Food and Farming: Where the Idea Came From, Why it Works, and How it can Change the World”.

AUGUST 20 | Hector Sapien
Local social worker Hector Sapien will lead a discussion 
on how stress affects how we navigate our world and how we can find a “good life” by exploring ways to optimize growth.  

AUGUST 27 | Kevin Murphy
In collaboration with the Brooksville Public Library, Professor Kevin Murphy will give a presentation about the architecture of the Nearing stone buildings