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The Trees of Our Lives

Genres: Nonfiction, Poetry


Open to all levels

7 Sessions

Start Date: January 18, 2023
End Date: March 1, 2023
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
Capacity: 16 seats
Member Price: $315.00
General Price: $350.00

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Trees inform every inch and cranny of human endeavor: myths, architecture, poetry, iconographies, engineering, explorations of all kinds. Herman Hesse notably wrote, "Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth." In this class, we will engage with a variety of texts (letters, essays, mostly poetry) to examine our relationships to our arboreal neighbor: how they inspire, heal, protect, anchor, and orient us—and what we in turn offer them. This is a generative class. No previous writing experience necessary.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.

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