Reflections of The Fall

BY TUSHAR SAWANT 2020 has been a tumultuous year.  We are dealing with a quarantine instigated by a global pandemic and the quietude such isolation can provide us, in addition to the clamor of civil uprisings incited by a myriad of injustices. Whether we have experienced great tragedy or merely bore witness to the absurdity … Continue reading Reflections of The Fall

Free Intro to Ancient Wisdom: Philosophies from East and West

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein Even with an infinite well of knowledge online and countless ways to connect, we somehow feel left wanting something deeper. There’s a source of truth we can turn to: ancient wisdom. Ancient philosophers and cultures offer profoundly relevant advice … Continue reading Free Intro to Ancient Wisdom: Philosophies from East and West

Helen Keller Plaque – Fully funded!

Cambridge, MA Acropolis Boston is leaving a legacy for peace by funding the Helen Keller commemorative plaque at The Peace Abbey. We’d like to thank all who donated!

Rethinking Social Distancing

BY ANGELA DIACO (LET’S TALK ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING TRAUMA) The term “social distancing” entered into our everyday lexicon in a matter of days and one things for sure: I don’t like it! No, I am not proposing to stop social distancing. I am convinced that we all need to continue doing our part to pause … Continue reading Rethinking Social Distancing

A Time for Philosophy

BY YARON BARZILAY According to legend the word Philosophy can be attributed to Pythagoras who spoke of himself as a philosopher, a lover of wisdom, rather than a Wise man as he had been called by others. Of course, the word Philo-Sophy, the Love of Wisdom, does not give Pythagoras any innovation rights over the … Continue reading A Time for Philosophy

Anne Sullivan’s Legacy for Hope

BY BINA TEJURA It does not matter the circumstance of your birth nor the family you’re born to. What matters is who you are in this world.  You can change your destiny. Lailah Gifty Akita One of the world’s most famous educators was born into an impoverished family and challenging childhood. Anne Sullivan Macy, born … Continue reading Anne Sullivan’s Legacy for Hope

Standing with Black Lives

BY SAVONNE JOHNSON Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” When those who have sworn to serve and protect, and enforce the law, believe themselves to be above it, harm and betrayal ensue and we all suffer.  Wherever injustice is found, it must be confronted, not only for those … Continue reading Standing with Black Lives

Daring to Live as a Warrior

BY VINEET LALAN In various ancient civilizations, we find the Archetype of the Warrior as an inspiration for human beings to overcome the challenges of life. Today, most of us are not physically engaged on battlefields, as warriors fighting with swords and spears, with our lives on the line. Nevertheless, the challenges we face in … Continue reading Daring to Live as a Warrior

Digital course: ‘Renaissance Now!’

Acropolis Boston has reached the community “digitally” during this period of quarantine with its first online classes. The 3-part course, ‘Renaissance Now!’, aimed at inspiring people to think about the need for a current-day rebirth in light of the difficult times we are currently experiencing. The historical Renaissance saw the explosion of human imagination, vision, … Continue reading Digital course: ‘Renaissance Now!’

Thank you!

A big thank you to students and members for their patience as we transition to a virtual classroom. The teachers of old would be thrilled to still be able to talk to their students during a time like this, and so we are grateful for your continued optimism and support. 

The 4 Agreements

October 2019 Our member presentation led by Yana was a thoughtful and lively discussion on the main ideas of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements. The agreements include being impeccable with our words, not taking things personally, never assume and to always do our best. These Toltec agreements are essential no matter where or in what time … Continue reading The 4 Agreements

Delivering Creativity Bags to DCF

NOVEMBER 2018 Volunteers delivered donated musical instruments and crafts supplies in hand-made bags designed by Crafts for Humanity to the Department of Children and Families of Massachusetts in Cambridge. Happy holidays everyone!

Celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci

BY SAVONNE JOHNSON Leonardo Da Vinci is known as a Renaissance Man – a man that had many interests and mastered many disciplines in his life. He was steadfast in his pursuit of knowledge. He took great pleasure in discovering the world around him. He was enthralled with the study of nature and its secrets. … Continue reading Celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci

Bending the Arc of History

BY SAVONNE JOHNSON Encyclopedia Britannica states that Civil Rights are defined as, “…guarantees of equal social opportunities and equal protection under the law, regardless of race, religion, or other personal characteristics.” Examples include, the right to vote, right to a fair trial, right to government services, right to public education and the right to use public … Continue reading Bending the Arc of History

Why We Need A Renaissance

BY ANGELA DIACO We are on the threshold of a brave new world — or so we are told. With all its promises of a materialistic utopia, life as seen by marketers and the media just keeps getting better on the ever-ascending path of never-ending progress. But somehow, this vision of a more perfect future … Continue reading Why We Need A Renaissance

The Lady and the Lamp

By Garrett Avery There is an ancient parable of the Buddha that offers us a message of hope and new possibilities during this time. It is the parable of the old woman and the lamp.  In ancient India, there were two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season was so tempestuous, … Continue reading The Lady and the Lamp

Movie Review: THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR

Inspired by the life of the book author and former world champion athlete, Dan Millman, this movie is about finding inner strength through adversity. Thanks to his mentor Socrates and teachings of the ancient warrior traditions, Dan learns fundamental lessons in achieving inner peace and attaining lasting happiness. Honor, bravery and self-mastery are timeless and … Continue reading Movie Review: THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR

MFA Egypt Tour

November 2019 The permanent Egypt collection at the MFA is so rich, one could never tire of spending time with some truly remarkable pieces of history. In his guided tour, Savonne shared some fascinating myths and traditions of the great ancient empire that continues to wow us with its mystery and intrigue. Everyone left with … Continue reading MFA Egypt Tour

Montpellier, Quebec

August 2019 Boston members came together in Montpellier, Quebec to join schools across North America including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Los Angeles and Chicago. Over the course of one weekend at the school-owned country house, members worked together to cook and share daily meals, attend development workshops, share musical and artistic performances, and enjoy a night … Continue reading Montpellier, Quebec

Cambridge Riverfest 2019

June 2019 At this year’s Cambridge River Festival, we’re celebrating The Renaissance: a time in history where the rediscovery of classical philosophy led to a cultural, artistic, economic and political rebirth. This is a call for people everywhere to actively cultivate wisdom. Why? “Philosophy” or love of wisdom is something that, at its foundation, can change the … Continue reading Cambridge Riverfest 2019

ArtBeat 2019

July 2019 ArtBeat in Davis Square is one of our favorite festivals, and we’re celebrating The Renaissance yet again! This time in history showed how the rediscovery of classical philosophy led to a cultural, artistic, economic and political rebirth – one we can see happen again today. This is a call for people everywhere to … Continue reading ArtBeat 2019

Crafts for Humanity – Cards for Homeless Mothers

In May, Crafts for Humanity celebrated Mothers Day by honoring the women at the “Women’s Lunch Place” in Boston. We made cards and collected toiletry donations to support and encourage these homeless or struggling women