New Hampshire

Thoreau, Emerson & Transcendentalism in Concord & on Walden Pond

Learn about Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and other New England authors, and see why charming Concord and tranquil Walden Pond inspired their works and philosophy.
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The trip leader Tiffany Mannion was terrific. I did not consider the main lecturer Marcia a good choice for older learners: her teaching style seemed better suited to keeping adolescents engaged. She also was not as learned as I expected. I was disappointed there. I enjoyed the rest of the program. The other presenters were all excellent. One criticism- I would have preferred to have a longer meal period at least for one meal, preferably dinner. We were always enjoying a good conversation when the time came to clear out of the eating area. Forty-five minutes wasn't enough to get your food and beverage from the buffet, find a seat, and enjoy a meal conversing with friends. This is particularly true since we had a great deal to talk about! Thank you. I enjoyed Pilgrim Pines and would go there again. Maura Langdon

Road Scholar
Dear Maura, Thank you so much for your feedback, and we’re so glad to hear you enjoyed the program and your time at Pilgrim Pines! We love your idea about having a few longer meals. Camaraderie is so important to the Road Scholar experience, so we’re reviewing the itinerary to see what changes can be made to leave more time for conversation with new friends. We will also discuss the program staff to make sure we have instructors who are the right fit for Road Scholar. Thanks for your thoughtful ideas! -Team Road Scholar

Studying Transcendentalism near Concord, MA, where its advocates met for discussion in the 1840s, was enlightening. As Emerson and Thoreau took their cues from nature, so do participants in a rural setting with little access to technology - almost like summer camp. To get the most out of the program, read the material on the reading list before you go. Prepare to meet deep thinkers.

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