Jedi Wisdom

In Jedi Wisdom, we explored the monomyth of the hero’s journey as described by Joseph Campbell. The Hero’s Journey involves many choices along the path. In Star Wars this translates into the choice between the Light or the Dark Side of the Force. Each choice defines who we will become. There is a dynamic tension … Continue reading Jedi Wisdom

Earth Day Celebration

What a better way to celebrate Earth Day than exploring Fresh Pond together! In April, lovers of nature participated in a walk around the pond as we observed Mother Nature in her first blossoms of Spring. It was a beautiful day as we discussed the collaborations and communications of trees as outlined in the fascinating … Continue reading Earth Day Celebration

Embrace your True Self

Which me is the real me? Is it the person others think of when they think of me? Is it the person that I want others to think of when they think of me? We often believe that within ourselves lies a deeply flawed being.  We fear showing the world who we truly are so … Continue reading Embrace your True Self

World Poetry Day 2022

The Call of Happiness by Savonne Johnson Happiness, tell me your secrets, show me your gifts. I’ve heard of your power, how it beautify and lifts, people off of their feet into new dimensions of thought. Someone once told me that you can be bribed and bought. Is this true?  I wish for it not … Continue reading World Poetry Day 2022

Women in Philosophy

On March 12th Acropolis Boston collaborated with Acropolis Montreal and Acropolis Chicago to honor the courage and wisdom of Hypatia, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Maya Angelou, and Delia Steinberg Guzman. These women have contributed to the world in innumerable ways.  They have advanced the arts, culture, and philosophy for millions of people.  Women and men have … Continue reading Women in Philosophy

Annual Meeting

On January 31st, leaders within Acropolis Boston gathered to celebrate the progress made in 2021 building a stronger school and strengthening the ties that bind us together. Not only did we dine, but there were great moments of laughter and joy. Good food and even better company makes the heart fill with gratitude and appreciation … Continue reading Annual Meeting

Finding your Superpower

November 2021 In honor of the United Nations’ World Philosophy Day, philosophers from Boston and Chicago discussed the importance of our inherent superpowers, otherwise known as the virtues. Some superpowers discussed included humility, duty, courage, and wisdom. During the group discussion, participants shared insights from their experiences when these powers helped them to conquer their … Continue reading Finding your Superpower

Philosophy in the Park

November 2021 It was a great day in Seven Hills Park. Philosophers came from far and wide to participate in various interactive booths intended to foster reflection, sharing, and self-discovery through experience. The journey to know oneself is a long tradition, for which the ancient teachings offer us pearls of wisdom to seek the eternal, … Continue reading Philosophy in the Park

Stoics in Davis Square

October 2021 On a cool, brisk, October morning in Davis square, members of Acropolis Boston celebrated Stoic week. In the spirit of Zeno, lively conversations with passers by about the principles that have strengthened the hearts and minds of human beings throughout the centuries were had by all.    Ideas such as the ability to recognize … Continue reading Stoics in Davis Square

Old Manse House

September 2021 Members of Acropolis Boston gathered together at The Old Manse in Concord to celebrate the season of introspection brought by Autumn, a period of harvest and change as marked by the colors of Nature. Fall offers a unique opportunity to reflect and discover the endless vitality within ourselves that mirrors the essence of … Continue reading Old Manse House

New Acropolis Birthday

July 2021 Acropolis Boston volunteers got together on July 17th to engage in some jovial and philosophical activities to celebrate the anniversary of New Acropolis. The day was colored by an assortment of experiences such as expressive performances of music and theater, a contemplation on the teachings of the I-Ching, discussions on the fictional and … Continue reading New Acropolis Birthday

Philosophical Retreat

June 2021 Leaders gathered for training and renewal around the philosophical ideal on the cape. Working together on various tasks and projects allowed participants to deepen their bonds with one another, and to enjoy Nature together, both inner and outer!

Bryan Stevenson MIT Commencement

Bryan Stevenson at TED2012: Full Spectrum, February 27 – March 2, 2012. Long Beach, CA. Photo: James Duncan DavidsonCC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons June 2021 On June 4th, MIT welcomed Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as the guest speaker for the Commencement 2021 online celebration program. Stevenson, … Continue reading Bryan Stevenson MIT Commencement

The Hero’s Quest

April 2021 A litany of thought-provoking questions along with some remarkable quotes from the movies provided the necessary fuel for a lively discussion. Reflections from the life experiences of the participants encompassed themes such as making choices, how to persevere, and what it means to sacrifice on our hero’s journey through life. We were compelled … Continue reading The Hero’s Quest

May 2021

On May 8th, in honor of the White Lotus Day and Vesak, Acropolis Boston members came together to celebrate the legacy of all the great Masters of Wisdom and the chain of its transmission. The ‘Cine-Magicians’ group offered us an insightful and engaging presentation on Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted Talk on “A Stroke of Insight.” The presenters … Continue reading May 2021

Earth Day 2021

April 2021 Acropolis Boston volunteers and friends came together at Walden Pond State Reservation to celebrate Earth Day and share joyful moments admiring the park – rendered all the more beautiful by the perfect weather. We learned about Henry David Thoreau’s life and pioneering thinking and imagined his 2 year retreat in the woods of Walden … Continue reading Earth Day 2021

Man’s Search for Meaning

December 2020 New Acropolis Boston conducted a discussion on the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.  Two members of Acropolis Boston presented the material in a way that even someone who had not read the book would be able to absorb the main ideas. Frankl’s ideas about tragedy, suffering, and healing provided the … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning

World Philosophy Day

November 2020 New Acropolis Boston celebrated World Philosophy Day which was established in 2005 by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).   Participants were interviewed by two of our members and asked about the teachers in their lives.  Not just the teachers in the academic realm, but human beings that helped bring out … Continue reading World Philosophy Day

Ancient Wisdom, Stoicism

November 2020 Acropolis Boston conducted a class on the Stoics and reflected on the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” which means “Seize the day”.  This phrase is integral for Stoic philosophy, but also speaks to how we view and utilize each moment in our lives. The Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said, “Live each day as … Continue reading Ancient Wisdom, Stoicism

Siddhartha: Discovering the Middle Way

October 2020 Acropolis Boston presented Siddhartha: Discovering the Middle Way as an interactive event open to the public.  The presentation was based on the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Several thought-provoking questions were posed to the participants, making them reflect on key events in their lives where, like Siddhartha, they had to undergo trials that … Continue reading Siddhartha: Discovering the Middle Way

Member Outing to Honoring the Fall

September 2020 New Acropolis Boston volunteers brought some beauty and the spirit of Fall to a city park by drawing Fall-related themes and words on park chalk boards for visitors to be inspired: renewal, hope, giving, inner growth. 

The Hero’s Journey through the Star Wars Saga

September 16, 2020 New Acropolis Boston presented a virtual lecture on ‘The Hero’s Journey through the Star Wars Saga’, encouraging participants to identify ways they can be inspired by the Jedi to transform the current difficult times into opportunities for growth. Presenters asked important questions such as Have you ever asked yourself: “is there more … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey through the Star Wars Saga

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!

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!

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