with humanities scholar  Clay S. Jenkinson
                                                                   Telephone 208-791-8721 ~ Fax 208-746-06255   email bek@odytours.net


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                            "To Live Deliberately"
                            Lochsa Lodge Winter Book Retreat 2017
                                                  with humanities scholar  Clay S. Jenkinson
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               Join us this January for a peaceful holiday at the base of Lewis and Clark's Bitterroot Mountains.
Deep in the heart of winter and a mountain lodge enjoy exploring a handful of great books together with new friends and humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson.

              The purpose of the retreat is to explore Henry David Thoreau's great challenge that the purpose of life is "to live deliberately"; and to learn together the art of true conversation about ideas, books, current events and the American experiment.  Please do not feel you have to be a scholar to participate.  Clay's purpose is to provide a playful, relaxed, congenial atmosphere in one of the most beautiful resorts in the Rockies for several days of satisfying conversation.                                       read a note from Clay

Mornings, afternoons, and evenings offer group discussions lead by Clay Jenkinson.  Time each day is set aside for reading, writing, outdoor exploring, and an optional group activity.  Lochsa Lodge offers you: a beautiful setting near the Lochsa River; hearty country meals; a place to unplug with no internet; an outdoor campfire in the snow; and a crackling fire indoors.The lodge, built in 2001, is modern. The cabins are spartan.  Some cabins were built in 1929; others in 2002.  ...
Come join the FUN!

January 14-19:  Native American West,
A New Lens: Exploring Native American Culture:
 Some of the best writing of our time is about American Indian history and culture.  This retreat will give you a chance to read really remarkable books by and about American Indian history, spirituality, sovereignty, and a view of life distinct from the mainstream of the American West, most recently on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.  Our conversations will be rich, nuanced, rigorous, civil, potentially life-changing and at times troubling.  start with one of the most whimsically satisfying books of our time, Evan S. Connell's Son of the Morning Star.  You can also warm up by spending a couple evenings with Wooden Leg's outstanding autobiographyy.   Books on your reading list will help you explore how our American West was shaped by such mythologizers as Theodore Roosevelt, Frederic Remington, Owen Wister, and Buffalo Bill Cody.  Every Odyssey Winter Retreat explores at least a small section from Henry David Thorea's Walden, (THE American Book); and each second retreat offers you a chance to read a timeless Shakespeare novel and share insights later led by Clay, (because,,,,  well, you will see!)  Full book list is provided upon reservation.  See daily itinerary below.

Day 1           
Welcome to Missoula, Montana!  We will pick you up at the Missoula International Airport located in the Rockies and transport you to your cabin in the woods. Enjoy dinner on us from the lodge menu at your convenience.  Then gather for a welcome reception by your host and humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson.  After a quick orientation enjoy your first evening with Clay as he begins your journey into "the heart of the humanities". 
LODGING: Lochsa Lodge, Powell, Idaho 
                         Meals    D

Day 2           
It's the heart of winter when, as John Donne says, "the whole world's sap is sunk." Your exploration of several great texts with others on the American West begins at 09:30 a.m. lead by Clay Jenkinson.  After lunch, enjoy a couple of hours free to read, relax, or engage in social or outdoor activities.  Today's optional activity is a walk to the river to explore Lewis and Clark's "Kilt Colt Creek", an opportunity to share thoughts with Clay about these explorers and their journey. Afternoon brings you back to the lodge for more literary conversations lead by Clay.  Your evening flows into a night of fine wine, a family style dinner, and a crackling lodge fire.   LODGING: Lochsa Lodge, Powell, Idaho      Meals BLD

Day 3           
After breakfast, man your couch near the Lochsa Lodge fireplace with a hot beverage.  A warm up to a full day of thoughtful conversations with new friends and humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson.  Today's optional activity: dutch oven cooking outdoors with your "kitchen in the woods". Your evening is hearty with FUN, laughter and more humanities convers
ations lead by Clay as you circle the lodge campfire in the snow.
                             LODGING: Lochsa Lodge, Powell, Idaho                     Meals BLD

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Please don't hesitate: Due to our small group size with historical interpretation by award winning scholar and Chautauqua performer Clay S. Jenkinson our retreats tend to fill quickly.  If it becomes necessary, wait listing is available upon request.  We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance for your protection in the unexpected event you may need to cancel.  Travel insurance can be provided by your local travel agency or through our office.  Thank you for your interest in Odyssey Tours!

We hope you can join us!

For more information or a brochure contact:

with humanities scholar  Clay S. Jenkinson
208-791-8721 ~ Fax 208-746-0625   email bek@odytours.net