The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. - Seneca

We’re living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all, and it’s becoming clear that we can’t depend on any one person or institution to make sense of our current crisis. In lieu of blindly reacting, how can we respond to this situation with wisdom? 

 
Philosophy, dormant during times of relative certainty and ease, often comes to life just when it’s most needed. Once we admit, as Socrates urged, that we do not know what we thought we knew, this newfound knowledge of our own ignorance can help us begin to open ourselves up to what we can know together—and to how we can act in unison, based on that shared knowledge.

 

The Stoa was once a covered portico where Stoics met to philosophize. Now it’s a digital space, where we can gather and talk about what matters most right now, at the razor’s edge of this pandemic. Join us. Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates, gift what you can to support this project, and RSVP for upcoming sessions.

- Peter Limberg

The Stoa is stewarded by Peter Limberg, co-founder of Stoicism Toronto, a former board member of the Stoic Fellowship and an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Toronto’s Consciousness & Wisdom Studies Lab. You can follow his daily meditations here and read his thoughts on the liminal war here. This project would not be possible without the help of Andrew Taggart, John Vervaeke, Jordan Hall, and Daniel Kazandjian.

WISDOM GYM

Stoic Breath: Sunrise Edition w/ Steve Beattie. Every Monday @ 5:45 AM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins.

Flowing With Unknowingness w/ Tyson Wagner. Every Monday @ 8:30 PM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins.

The Stoic Hustle w/ Peter Limberg. Every Tuesday @ 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM ET. RSVP here.*

Dialogos w/ John Vervaeke, Guy Sengstock, and more. Every Other Tuesday @ 6:00 PM ET. RSVP here. 120 mins.

Social Design Club w/ Freyja and Joe Edelman. Every Wednesday @ 1:30 PM ET. RSVP hereJoin the club here. 60 mins.

Breaking the Frame w/ Travis Mann. Every Wednesday @ 7:30 PM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins. No session on July 8th.

Relational Exegesis w/ Freyja. Every Thursday @ 4:00 PM ET. RSVP here.** 90 mins.

Shame Breakthrough Bootcamp w/ A.J. Bond. Every Thursday @ 6:00 PM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins.

Collective Presencing w/ Ria Baeck. Every Friday @ 12:00 PM ET. RSVP here. 90 mins.

Socratic Speed Dating w/ Raven Connolly Every Friday @ 7:00 PM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins.

The Stoic Breath w/ Steve Beattie. Every Sunday @ 10:00 AM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins. 

Metagame Mastermind w/ Daniel Kazandjian. Every Sunday @ 6:00 PM ET. RSVP here. 60 mins. 

For descriptions of these sessions go here.

*Watch a presentation on the practice here. You can come and leave as you leave throughout the 5 hours.

**Learn more about this psychotechnology and upcoming sessions here.

SENSEMAKING SERIES

Live Players w/ Samo Burja. Every Other Thursday @ 8:00 PM ET. RSVP here. Restarting on July 23rd

The Psychotechnology Playground w/ Bonnitta Roy Every Friday @ 10:00 AM ET. RSVP here.

The Dark Stoa w/ Pat Ryan. Every Friday @ 8:30 PM ET. RSVP here.

Memetic Mediation Campfire w/ Jason Snyder and Peter Limberg. Every Sunday @ 3:30 PM ET. RSVP here.*

For descriptions of these sessions go here.

*Here is an invite link if you'd like to join the memetic mediator slack group. 

 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

 

Sensing the New Myth: Alphadom w/ Duncan Horst. July 14th @ 8:30 PM ET. RSVP here

The Meta-Crisis of the Meta-Crisis w/ Johannes Achill Niederhauser. July 15th @ 12 PM ET. RSVP here.

Sensing the New Myth: Inner Genius & Collective Initiation w/ Michael Meade. July 15th @ 3:00 PM ET. RSVP here

The View from Above w/ Donald Robertson. August 2nd @ 5:00 PM ET. RSVP here.

Metamodern Stoicism w/ Daniel Schmachtenberger. August 3rd @ 7:30 PM ET. RSVP here

Visit The Stoa YouTube channel or podcast to see previously recorded sessions.

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Gift Economy / The Stoa currently operates through a gift economy. We are offering the Stoa as a gift, for people to freely use during these troubled times. If you are inspired to provide a gift to The Stoa, email thestoa at protonmail dot com. Your gift can take the form of money, support, services or ideas. If you wish to gift money, you can do so here or here for ongoing gifts. If you would like to gift directly to our lovely facilitators and featured sensemakers visit this page.