Lewis & Clark Summer 2018 Cultural Tour
Jul
20
to Jul 29

Lewis & Clark Summer 2018 Cultural Tour

July 20-29 • Great Falls & Missoula, MT

This is the trip that never gets old. It will be Clay's 13th time up the Wendover Death March (which proves that anyone can do it). We'll spend three days on the White Cliffs section of the Missouri River, then a night in a wonderful historic hotel in Fort Benton, then four days on the Lolo Trail in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark on the most pristine portion of the entire national Lewis & Clark Trail. The “camping” is courtesy of our excellent outfitter (they set up your tent, feed you at tables with cloths and napkins, strike the camp, and provide excellent wine and unlimited quantities of beer). We hike, canoe, stroll, sing, tell stories, gaze at historic sites, sit around bonfires, and learn just the right amount about the most important exploration in American history.

Learn more about Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.

Odyssey Tours is a division of Bek, Inc.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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Water and the West
Jan
13
to Jan 18

Water and the West

January 13-18 • Lochsa Lodge, ID

The history of how water has been redistributed throughout the lands beyond the hundredth meridian is utterly fascinating. We'll concentrate on three river systems in the West: the Columbia, the Colorado, and Clay's Missouri River, each one sometimes claiming to "the most industrialized river in America."

Among the subjects: William Mulholland's theft of the water of California's Owens Valley for Los Angeles; the building of the great dams on the Colorado and the Columbia; the devastation of Native American homelands by the great earthen dams on the Missouri River; John Wesley Powell's attempt to rethink the western development paradigm in the face of the scarcity of water in the region; the likely impact of global climate change on American water supplies and access; salmon. And much more.

This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.

Odyssey Tours is a division of Bek, Inc.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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Shakespeare without Tears: Winter 2019 Humanities Retreat
Jan
19
to Jan 24

Shakespeare without Tears: Winter 2019 Humanities Retreat

January 19-24 • Lochsa Lodge, ID

Four Plays in Four Days: OthelloHenry IVMacbethAnthony and Cleopatra. We will spend each day exploring the language, the imagery, the historical background, and the meaning of these four plays. There will be extensive use of video clips from productions of the plays, to show how different directors have handled key scenes. To understand the dynamics of the Elizabethan stage we will begin by watching together the extraordinary Globe Theater production of Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance as Olivia.

Learn more about Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.

Odyssey Tours is a division of Bek, Inc.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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Steinbeck’s California: Spring 2018 Tour & Retreat
Mar
2
to Mar 8

Steinbeck’s California: Spring 2018 Tour & Retreat

March 3-9, 2018 • Pacific Grove, CA

This week-long journey is a lovely mix of talk about Steinbeck’s books and exploration of the California that inspired some of his best work. Spirit of place mattered to Steinbeck. The Gabilan and St. Lucia Mountains, the Salinas River Valley, Salinas itself, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Monterey are as important as the characters in his fiction. He often pauses to describe the landscape of his youth. And he had a love affair with the great row of canneries in Monterey that gave him his closest friendship in life—with Ed Ricketts—and the setting for some of his most enchanting fiction.

Learn more about Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.

Odyssey Tours is a division of Bek, Inc.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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Shakespeare in the Wilderness: Winter 2018 Humanities Retreat
Jan
17
to Jan 22

Shakespeare in the Wilderness: Winter 2018 Humanities Retreat

January 17-22 • Lochsa Lodge, ID

Some of the best writing in the English language comes from the pen of poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare. Many people feel intimidated by Shakespeare, perhaps because of their high school encounters with Julius Caesar or Romeo and Juliet. Clay’s approach is to demystify Shakespeare, to teach participants how to read Shakespeare with joy, confidence, and discernment. Although Clay is often regarded as a historian, his actual training, at the University of Minnesota and Oxford, was in English Literature, the Renaissance, Shakespeare, John Donne, and John Milton. All of his degrees are in English. With the help of the best film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, Clay will guide us through two plays per day, plus some sonnets, and related poetry by his personal favorite John Donne. You will be amazed by the level of joy, laughter, and unpretentious literary satisfaction you experience in this humanities retreat. Clay has taught Shakespeare at Pomona College, the law school of the University of North Dakota, the University of Vermont, and Bismarck State College.

Learn more and view the full itinerary.

This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.
Odyssey Tours is a division of Bek, Inc.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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To Live Deliberately: Winter 2018 Humanities Retreat
Jan
10
to Jan 15

To Live Deliberately: Winter 2018 Humanities Retreat

January 10-15 • Lochsa Lodge, ID

The purpose of these retreats is to explore Henry David Thoreau’s great challenge that the purpose of life is “to live deliberately.” We learn together the art of true conversation about books, ideas, books, history, current events, and the wayward progress of the American experiment. You do not have to be a scholar to participate. These are not academic discussions, much less lectures. Clay’s purpose is to provide a playful, safe, relaxed, and congenial atmosphere at one of the most beautiful resorts in the Rocky Mountain West for several days of satisfactions, including conversation.

Learn more and view the full itinerary.

This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.
Odyssey Tours is a division of Bek, Inc.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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Clay Jenkinson’s Shakespeare the Magic of the Word
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Clay Jenkinson’s Shakespeare the Magic of the Word

Tidewater Community College
Roper Performing Arts Center
Norfolk, VA
Friday, September 22 at 8 PM

In this world premiere of "Clay Jenkinson's Shakespeare the Magic of the Word," Clay kicks off a nationwide tour to celebrate the magical web of words and meaning in the Bard's plays and sonnets.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

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Theodore Roosevelt Center Symposium: The Naturalist in the Arena
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Theodore Roosevelt Center Symposium: The Naturalist in the Arena

  • Dickinson State College (map)
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When seven-year-old "Teedie" Roosevelt came upon a dead seal in front of a New York City shop, he measured it, gazed on it in wonder, and eventually obtained the skull for what would become the Roosevelt Museum of Natural History. His scientific curiosity, boyish enthusiasm, and love of the outdoors persisted through his hectic life as a public servant.

Visit www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org for more information.

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Lewis & Clark Summer 2017 Cultural Tour
Jul
18
to Jul 27

Lewis & Clark Summer 2017 Cultural Tour

July 18-27 • Great Falls & Missoula, MT

This is the trip that never gets old. It will be Clay's 12th time up the Wendover Death March (which proves that anyone can do it). We'll spend three days on the White Cliffs section of the Missouri River, then a night in a wonderful historic hotel in Fort Benton, then four days on the Lolo Trail in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark on the most pristine portion of the entire national Lewis & Clark Trail. The “camping” is courtesy of our excellent outfitter (they set up your tent, feed you at tables with cloths and napkins, strike the camp, and provide excellent wine and unlimited quantities of beer). We hike, canoe, stroll, sing, tell stories, gaze at historic sites, sit around bonfires, and learn just the right amount about the most important exploration in American history.

Learn more and view the full itinerary.

This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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Steinbeck’s California: Spring 2017 Book Retreat & Tour
Mar
4
to Mar 10

Steinbeck’s California: Spring 2017 Book Retreat & Tour

March 4-10 • Pacific Grove, CA

This week-long journey is a lovely mix of talk about Steinbeck’s books and exploration of the California that inspired some of his best work. Spirit of place mattered to Steinbeck. The Gabilan and St. Lucia Mountains, the Salinas River Valley, Salinas itself, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Monterey are as important as the characters in his fiction. He often pauses to describe the landscape of his youth. And he had a love affair with the great row of canneries in Monterey that gave him his closest friendship in life—with Ed Ricketts—and the setting for some of his most enchanting fiction.

Learn more and view the full itinerary.

This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 • bek@odytours.net

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”The American West; A New Lens: Exploring Native American Culture” Lochsa Lodge Winter Retreat with Clay Jenkinson
Jan
14
to Jan 20

”The American West; A New Lens: Exploring Native American Culture” Lochsa Lodge Winter Retreat with Clay Jenkinson

Some of the best writing of our time is about American Indian history and culture. This retreat will give you a chance to read really remarkable books by and about American Indian history, spirituality, sovereignty, and a view of life distinct from the mainstream of American civilization. In view of the renewal of the “Indian Wars” in the American West, most recently on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, conversations will be rich, nuanced, rigorous, civil, potentially life-changing, and at times troubling. Clay will help you explore how your understanding of the American West was shaped by such mythologizers as Theodore Roosevelt, Frederic Remington, Owen Wister, and of course Buffalo Bill Cody. Warm up by reading Wooden Leg’s outstanding autobiography.

For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

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Constitution Day for the Harford County Public Library Foundation
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Constitution Day for the Harford County Public Library Foundation

Clay S. Jenkinson, as Thomas Jefferson, will speak at Constitution Day for the Harford County Public Library Foundation. Location to follow. Admission is free but seating is limited. RSVP by August 1st. To register, visit HCPLonline.org. If you have questions, contact Nina Depkin at Depkinn@HCPLonline.org.

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