Travel Studies

Building on the success of our London-based studies, we are excited to offer travel studies that place participants in locales that reflect and contextualize the literature. Journeying together to beautiful sites, the London Lit Salon retreat offers a more intensive immersion in the book while opening the mind to a part of the world illuminated through the beauty of the language.

Past and future retreats include:

  • Reading the Body in Kanderstag Switzerland (May 2018): Combining Prana stretch with study of Transcendentalists and Marilynne Robinson
  • Virginia Woolf in St Ives: weekend and five-day courses based in St Ives that include a boat trip to the Godrevy Lighthouse, luxurious stay in local B&Bs and informal tour of Woolf’s family holiday home, Talland House
  • Reading the Body in Umbria June 2020: Combining the expansive yoga practice of Jackie Seigler with Toby facilitating Henry James’ A Portrait of a Lady and The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
  • Weekend studies in Valencia Spain give us the opportunity to discover contemporary Spanish writing; coming November 2019: Javier Marías’ A Heart So White
  • The second Greek Odyssey study for May 2020 will use Homer’s epic poem to consider closely the guest-host relationship, the defining struggle of humans against overwhelming nature, the struggle to know ourselves in foreign spaces, our understanding of the heroic and the role of myth and epic in lived experience
  • Henry James in RyeThe Ambassadors with a visit to the Henry James house and immersion in the medieval town that inspired his work (mid-May 2020)

 

Participant reflection on the first Odyssey May 2019:

“And it was such stirring stuff! It transformed The Odyssey from ever so slightly a form of homework, the better to get to grips with Ulysses, into an unexpectedly powerful, truly immersive and poetic experience – a fascinating study in its own right.”

Upcoming Travel Studies

15nov(nov 15)5:30 pm17(nov 17)2:00 pmA Heart So White - Weekend study of Javier Marías in Valencia5:30 pm - 2:00 pm (17) Valencia, SpainType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

03may11:00 amHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersion11:00 am Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

15may(may 15)5:00 pm17(may 17)2:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat5:00 pm - 2:00 pm (17) The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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I would recommend courses led by Toby to anyone who wants to look at a text in detail in a study group
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We all came to the group with different backgrounds and interests but Mark has skillfully guided us through a stimulating programme of Greek literature.
I always leave the meetings with a much broader understanding of what we are reading than when I arrived
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In all of the courses I have attended I have felt a bond within the group, and this contributes significantly to the quality of the discussions
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I’ve read things I’d never dared read before.  I’ve made new friends and met really interesting people.
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What’s coming up?

october 2019

15oct6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - October: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

18oct(oct 18)5:30 pmVirginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts5:30 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

21oct12:00 pmPnin by Vladimir Nabokov * Date Change*12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

29oct6:00 pmSpontaneous Philosophy - October Meeting6:00 pm Marylebone, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

november 2019

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot(october 29) 7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

03nov6:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - Americanah6:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

15nov(nov 15)5:30 pmA Heart So White - Weekend study of Javier Marías in Valencia5:30 pm Valencia, SpainType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

19nov6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - November: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

january 2020

06jan5:30 pmDubliners: The Sisters and The DeadDubliners: Between Paralysis and Epiphany in 'The Sisters' and 'The Dead'5:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

14jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Daytime Sessions12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

14jan7:30 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions7:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

may 2020

03may11:00 amHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersion11:00 am Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

15may(may 15)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat5:00 pm The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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