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Into the Woods—and Weeds and Swamp and Infinity of You

A Writing Workshop with Dr. Barbara Mossberg

How does going to “the woods” lead to a meaningful life—the sense that we have truly lived? We have a remarkable opportunity to explore this idea for ourselves in the very woods Thoreau went to, one of the most iconic terrains in history. We will walk in Thoreau’s shoes, literally in the woods in which he found his purpose and legacy in writing, and metaphorically as we discover our own inner Walden and purpose. By going to this Workshop’s “Woods” to write, this is a time you give yourself, to act deliberately, to honor your own identity as a writer, and through the Workshop’s Thoreau’s word prompts, to engage with yourself as an extraordinary being with “more lives to live.” 

Dr. Mossberg will host an informal gathering for greeting the group on the evening before this workshop, Friday, September 9, from 7-9pm. 

Saturday, September 10 – 9am-6pm (with breaks)

Sunday, September 11 – 9am-1pm

Limited to 12 people.

Hourly Schedule

Saturday, September 10

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Instruction at Thoreau Farmhouse
2:00 pm - 4:00pm
Walking Like a Camel “solitude field trips” at Walden Pond
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Group Journal Field Reports

Sunday, September 11

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Instruction at Thoreau Farmhouse
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Conclusion and Farewell
Barbara Mossberg Barbara Mossberg


Sep 10 - 11 2022


9:00 am



More Info



Thoreau Farm
341 Virginia Road, Concord MA 01742

Other Locations

Walden Pond State Reservation
915 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742


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