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Cabin in the Woods: A Walk Back into Thoreau’s Time

December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thoreau cabin replica

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau – the great American naturalist, writer, philosopher, and social reformer. Born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau is being celebrated nationwide this year in numerous ways, including the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Read.

Kestrel Land Trust is joining this celebration by hosting its fourth and final Thoreau Bicentennial event on Saturday, December 2. Join us for a reflective and Tale of Two Cabins book coverinspiring nature walk and talk at Starlight Llama Bed & Breakfast in Northampton. We’ll walk to a reproduction of Thoreau’s cabin built by our host, John Clapp, who will read the “conservation” chapter of his Tale of Two Cabins: Comparative Stories of Thoreau’s Cabin, Nature, and Life. We’ll then take a loop walk in the forest, and along the way, we’ll share our favorite passages and offer reflections on the life, work, and legacy of Thoreau. The finale will be a gathering back at the B&B for hot chocolate!

You may purchase a copy of John Clapp’s book at the event, with a portion of the proceeds generously being donated to Kestrel.

Bring your favorite Thoreau passage to read aloud. Visit the Walden Woods Project online to see a list of all of the works by Thoreau that are available in digital format.

“People are particularly drawn to Thoreau’s belief of finding spirituality in nature – a philosophy woven throughout his books and essays. As our lives become ever more complex, we hunger for simplicity and a communion with nature that Thoreau insists will lead to truth and spiritual renewal.” – Walden Woods Project

Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 participants.

The snow/rain date is Saturday, December 9. The event is free, though donations are welcome.



December 2, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Starlight Llama B&B
940 Chesterfield Road
Northampton, MA United States
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