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Real freedom starts within, with self-understanding, self-responsibility, self-direction, determination, and a nimble ability to adapt to life’s challenges.

We will help you “Light Your Own Path” by showing you how you can make the best decisions for yourself while exchanging ideas with other adventurers searching for a better way forward. Gain the tools and habits to excel and leap ahead.

Weekend Seminars

For adults 16 and older

Learn from the greatest thinkers and worthwhile modern works in a 3-day weekend of riveting conversation, explorations of our surround, and convivial meals.

Delve into topics such as Reason and Power or Reason and Love with a group of like-minded individuals, ages 16 to 80. Explore the real-world implications on outings. Previous locations include: Chicago, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Bay area Maryland.




Week-Long Seminars

For young adults 16 to 24 years old

The week-long seminars series brings young adults together to discuss the greatest works and ideas of civilization. Participants will improve cognitive reasoning skills, learn how civilization has been shaped by the great books of the past, improve their social skills and self-confidence, and make meaningful friendships with fellow explorers. All discussions are held in groups of 15 or less and cover a range of texts from philosophy to physics. The seminars also include visits to art museums, historic sites, concerts, famous buildings, and more, all guided by experts in their fields. Location: Chicago, IL.




Gap Year Experience

For young adults 18 to 24 years old

The Gap Year Experience is a nine-month program which will teach you how to become an active participant in your education, so you will discover what kind of life you want and how you will achieve it. With a small group of other students, you will explore new and exciting ideas, learn how to connect them with your knowledge and experience, and turn them into action.

Your program will include learning from the most influential thinkers across the ideological spectrum, developing lifelong friendships with fellow scholars, transforming your mind with new reasoning, writing, and learning skills, and applying your newfound skills to real-world problems.

Scholarships are available.




Great Books Conversations

For ages 16 on up

These biweekly discussions will enlighten you about classic texts that have extraordinary relevance to modern life. The conversations –not debates-are designed to allow participants to judge ideas and issues for yourself and come to your own reasoned conclusion.

Free event.




Overseas Trips

Ages 18 on up; 16 with accompanying parent

Take your understanding and experience of the greatest thinkers of the past and worthwhile modern works to the next level by visiting the cities in which they were written. You will explore the implications of the works on outings, enjoy convivial meals and riveting conversation, and learn how the history of the ancient civilizations shaped the world around them. Destinations have included Rome, Greece, and Sicily.

Pricing will vary depending on destination.




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