The purpose of these Weekend Workshops is threefold:
What is a Bethany Weekend?
Do you want to go deeper? You find it difficult to take the time to get things straight in your mind. Perhaps you never had the chance to study some of these things, or you did, but it has been too long.
And now you have more life experience, and you want to go back and think it through again. You know that others must be wrestling with some of these same issues. Bethany is a place to take a pause and do what you’ve been wanting to do.
We would like to welcome you into our home, and offer you an opportunity to study a perennial wisdom and how it might be applied today.
Bethany Weekend 2023
Virtue and the Good Life in the Home
June 23-25, 2023 (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon)
We all know that virtues are important, and that we need to cultivate them. We can probably name a number of them. But the deeper truth of the reality of virtue is probably more profound — and challenging and rewarding — than we have yet imagined. We will study and discuss the nature of virtue, the kinds of virtue, how they are cultivated, and the difference it makes, especially in our home life — wherever we are in life right now. (Lecture notes and recommended reading lists will be provided.)
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How it works
The workshop includes three or four lectures, question and answer, guided discussion, and time for fellowship, relaxation and conversation.
Our home, Fair Knowe, is at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the bank of the Shenandoah River. An other-worldly peace and beauty provide the backdrop for our gathering, just one hour west of the Capital Beltway.
Over the course of Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday we enjoy three home-cooked meals together, and an evening reading and discussion.
Comfortable and affordable lodging is available at a Holiday Inn ten minutes away.
Bethany Workshop Details
- 3 or 4 lectures, plus a guided discussion
- Time for fellowship, relaxation and conversation
- 3 Home-cooked meals (lunch/dinner/brunch)
- Evening Reading (such as a Belloc Essay, or a short story) and Discussion.
- Relevant handouts and reading lists will be provided.
- Limited financial aid available.
Cost: $350 per person ($650 per couple), includes 3 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch). Space limited to 14 persons. Some financial assistance available; please inquire.
Meet Your Hosts
John A. Cuddeback, PhD, is professor and chairman of the Philosophy Department at Christendom College.
He writes and lectures on various topics including culture, natural law, contemplation, friendship, and family and household.
His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness, was republished in 2010. His academic writings have appeared in Nova et Vetera and The Thomist, as well as in various academic volumes.
His website dedicated to the philosophy of family and household takes its name from his acorn-fattened pigs: BaconFromAcorns.com.
John is an avid gardener and hunter, and lives with his wife Sofia and six children in the Shenandoah Valley.
Sofia is the fourth of ten children raised in a Ukrainian-American household that had the feel of old Europe. Classical music, art, story-telling, hospitality, and a deep love of life were the stuff of every day.
Trained in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, she has taught scores of young people the joy of playing the violin by the Suzuki method.
A homeschooling mother of six, and a lover of liberal learning and books, Sofia has an intimate share in John’s intellectual pursuits.
She brings a uniquely feminine and insightful angle to the Bethany Workshop, even as she oversees the hospitality.
The Intentional Household
This workshop was an in-depth examination of the nature of the most primordial of human communities—the household.
We focused especially on how to take steps to revitalize our homes by reclaiming an ancient wisdom and applying it to these challenging times.
7:00 Meet and greet
9—9:30 Arrival (light refreshment available)
9:45 Welcome and overview
10:00—10:50 First Lecture with Q & A
11:00—11:55 Second Lecture with Q & A
1:30 Quiet Time for Rest, Reading, or Tour
2:30—3:20 Third Lecture
3:30—4:45 Guided Discussion
5:00 Prepare for dinner
7:00 Reading and discussion
Church on own (e.g., 10a.m at Christendom chapel)
1:00 Final lecture and discussion