New Hampshire

Epic Tales: Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, Arabian Night & More

Join a talented storyteller as you delve into the most epic tales in human history from around the world, and get to know the local history and heritage of the Monadnock region.
Program No. 23620RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Join storyteller and teacher Sebastian Lockwood whose studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK lay the foundation to bring four epic tales into light: “Gilgamesh,” the oldest written tale in the world from Mesopotamia; Homer’s “The Odyssey,” the Greek epic; “Arabian Nights” from the Middle East; and “Monkey: A Folk-Tale of China.” Discuss contextual topics, like the role of the heavens and trade routes in these classic sagas. Plus, explore picture-perfect places in the Monadnock Region, from covered bridges to one of the best-preserved woolen mill towns.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to one mile. Getting in and out of vans. Optional morning Tai Chi sessions.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Master Storyteller Sebastian Lockwood sets the stage for four epic tales, taking us from the East to the West in classic literature.
  • Visit the Miraposa Museum and World Cultural Center for a special presentation on timeless folk music, and enjoy a pontoon ride on Swanzey Lake.
  • Hear ancient epic tales from a local storyteller of the local Abenaki people.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Michael Harrist
Michael K. Harrist is a musician, educator and booking agent based in Boston and Southern Maine. Michael performs and works with artists in a wide array of world traditions. Michael teaches workshops and private lessons in world music traditions, monophonic and polyphonic composition and instrumental practice and performance. His workshops for children focus on pitch and rhythm acquisition through games and play. He received his bachelor’s in music and religion from Marlboro College from composer Stan Charkey and religion scholar Amer Latif.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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