Good Life Center will open with tours and speaker series

The Good Life Center at Harborside opens June 16 for the 2022 season. Visitors can tour Forest Farm, the final resting place of Helen and Scott Nearing, icons of the modern back-to-the-land and organic gardening movements. Gardens, yurts and trails are also among the available features of the property. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day until Indigenous Peoples Day at end of the season.

The community is also invited to the Good Life Center’s Sunday Lecture Series. Authors and activists point to programming this summer that continues Nearings’ legacy of regularly engaging the community in discussions about current issues. The title of the series, Living Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World, is a signature of Nearings’ most famous book, Living the Good Life. Presentations are held outdoors at the Good Life Center on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information and itineraries, go to or call 207-374-5386.

Speakers and dates are as follows:

July 3 Patrick Donovan, environmentalist and activist at Berkshire School will discuss the intersection of climate change and social justice.

On July 10, Matt Murphy, Director of WERU, will present on Community Radio and the Role of the Media in Covering Important Current Issues in Today’s World.

July 17 Bill Case, a teacher at Maine Maritime Academy and George Stevens Academy, will lead a discussion on pre-war Germany and the Holocaust and its relevance in today’s world.

On July 24, Homesteader, author and Nearing researcher Greg Joly will discuss “Scott Nearing, Resource Wars and the Green Economy.”

July 31 Conservationist and children’s author Lynn Cherry (The Great Kapok Tree) will share her research on the Florida black bear as well as her experience reaching out and inspiring next-generation activism.

August 7 Local Stonington scientist Abbi Barrows will present her renowned research on microplastics in the ocean and the environment.

August 14 Maine’s sixth Poet Laureate, Julie Bouwsma, will read her poetry about the natural world, gardening and agriculture.

August 21 Gretchen Legler, a professor at the University of Maine Farmington, will read an excerpt from her book, Woodsqueer, a memoir about farming in central Maine.

August 28 Port Clyde author Margot Kelley will read from her book, Foodtopia, a treatise on the history of the American homesteading movement.

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