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Announcing a new way to enjoy Whitehead Light Station!

Stack of Books Week  

September 20-25, 2019
Single Occupancy: $1660
Double Occupancy: $1395
Prices are per person and include course tuition, lodging, all meals (sample menu), and boat transportation to the Light Station from our mainland base. An additional 9% Maine state lodging tax will be charged on the meals and lodging portion of the fee.


Registration: sign up with the online registration form.
If you are unable to sign up online, please find the printable PDF form here.

"Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day, season to season."
From Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey

 
Stack of Books Week

Whitehead Island is one of those Penobscot Bay islands, and the Whitehead Light Station gives one a wonderful view of many more: Two Bush, Metinic, Monhegan, Crow, Allen, Andrews, Hewett, and on very clear days, the Greens and Matinicus.

We have offered many focused week-long courses at Whitehead Light Station, but we have heard from a number of participants that they would enjoy spending time at Whitehead without a specific focus. In response, we are happy to announce Stack of Books Week. Sign on and join a few other lucky folks for five nights at Whitehead Light Station, one of the most restful and beautiful places on the entire Maine coast, to unplug, rest, eat well, read, and live by the sea. While you are in residence, there will be a number of opportunities to participate in different activities, all of which will be 100% optional. These may include learning to dig for clams, a boat trip to surrounding islands, some light work on the buildings and grounds, and afternoon or evening discussion groups led by experts in various fields.

This September we will have in residence Peter Vaughn. Peter has retired after teaching English, History, and Investing at Flint Ridge Prep in Pasadena, CA, where he also served as Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Faculty. Peter received his B.A. in History at Harvard and his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He has wide-ranging interests and has always been a voracious reader. Stack of Books participants will have the option of joining in discussions led by Peter on topics such as:

  • Why The Great Gatsby is: not about Gatsby, the Great American Novel, a poem.
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same. Why there is so much that is familiar in today's version of American Populism.
  • America & Money Madness ... what the 2008 financial crisis, "Hamilton," and the Salem witch trials have in common.

So get that Stack of Books you have been meaning to read together and sign on today for the most restful and restorative week you've had in a long time!

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"At Whitehead Light Station, we seek to give participants an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the dramatic coast of Maine in an atmosphere that will broaden knowledge, strengthen skills, and promote renewal.  We aim to achieve these goals through a program of simple living, appreciation of the natural world, and first-rate instruction."

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Whitehead Island, St George, Mainewinter telephone (207) 200 7957