Next Meet-up: December 5

The first Stoicism Winnipeg meet-up was Tuesday night. We met as four strangers, but quickly found our common ground in an eager pursuit of understanding the Stoic world view.

Discussion was fast-paced and vigorous and covered a wide range of topics such as the intersection of faith and philosophy, philosophy and psychology, Stoic parenting, the history of Stoicism and the other schools of virtue ethics, and, most of all, what it is that brought each of us to a point where we would be sitting around a table with three other strangers seeking out a deeper understanding of Stoicism.

Personally, I was very encouraged by this small assembly of people humbly seeking a better way to view the world and live their life. I think that if you’ve been sitting on the fence, unsure if you are ready to meet up and “talk philosophy”, you’ll feel very welcome in this group. There is a common theme of a sincere intention to live better lives, not just talk about what that might mean.

Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00PM. We plan to host this one in my home. So, if you want the address, you’ll need to RSVP

We initially selected the first half of the Enchiridion, but to better focus our discussion we will focus on chapters 1-5 in Epictetus’ Enchiridion as our reading selection for that night.

Where to get it:

This is fairly light reading and a great introduction to some of Stoicism’s most fundamental ideas.

If you have time to get a bit deeper I would encourage you to enrol in Reason IO’s free course on Epictetus’ Enchiridion and participate in that course at least up to the end of its commentary and resources for chapters 1-5. This is where I will draw some of the topics for conversation for that evening.

This promises to be an interesting discussion. If you’re on the fence or nervous about coming out, it may be time to exercise the Stoic virtue of Courage and RSVP.

Also, please consider signing up for the mailing list to be kept in the loop about this and subsequent events.

Now, for those of you who are eager to become engaged in this discussion, whether you can attend the meeting or not, please jump into the comments and share some preliminary thoughts on the first five chapters in Epictetus’ Enchiridion.

 

First Stoicism Winnipeg Meet-up

First, please consider signing up for the Stoicism Winnipeg mailing list to be kept up to speed with news and events.

The first official Stoicism Winnipeg meet-up will be on Tuesday November 14, 2017 at 7:30 7:00PM. For location and more details please contact me so that I can have a rough head count to relay to the staff that evening.

edit (nov 9): changed start time from 7:30PM to 7:00PM.

This gathering will be casual. Topics of discussion will likely be:

  • What’s your background and how did you come to be interested in Stoicism?
  • What Stoic resources have you found most useful or interesting?

We will also choose a text to use for our first Stoicism Reading Group meet-up and will likely settle on a date/time/place for that.

Our first week as “Stoicism Winnipeg” has been fairly successful as far as I’m concerned. We now have a group of about six that identify as very interested and another four that are intrigued.

So, if you are interested in coming down to meet some others interested in Stoicism, please get in touch.

Welcome

Welcome to Stoicism Winnipeg.

At this point in time this web site is backed by just one guy who has been on journey with Stoicism since 2008.

While I am inexperienced with philosophy in general, I have found that taking on Stoic practices has made an immensely positive change in my life. The framework for decision making, the application of certain daily exercises, and the acceptance into an international community of Stoics have enriched my life, multiplied my happiness, and palpably improved my resilience.

This web site is me “hanging out a shingle”; not as a professional philosopher, but rather to identify myself as someone who is ready and interested to start a local community for others who are interested in learning about and practicing Stoicism in Winnipeg.

If you are interested in getting involved with a Stoicism-themed book club, helping start up a Stoic community in Winnipeg, or simply engaging in an email exchange to discuss Stoicism, please use the Contact form to get in touch.