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Original Thinkers Presents: A Look at Community

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Ideas matter. Community is critical. Our story is our purpose.

Those are fundamental tenets of Original Thinkers – a new community looking at the intersection of story and idea and sharing a belief that our own narratives can carry enormous wisdom. It’s a concept they share through speakers, art, and film.

Over four unforgettable days, our guest Original Thinkers will delve into why communing with each other is essential to well-being and sense of self. Each evening, we’ll screen a short documentary and follow it with engaging dialogue on the fascinating layers of community. This conversation will continue into the day, outdoors in the redwood forest, a long-lived community in its own right.

In an increasingly uncertain world, community often offers clarity and can help shape who we are. Come build community with Original Thinkers at Canyon Ranch Woodside.

This Original Thinking exploration is a perfect complement to your Woodside retreat experience.


Join in nightly discussions with Original Thinkers with distinctive perspectives. Add your narrative to theirs.

Meet Wally Green, a professional ping pong player who grew up in a tough neighborhood and says, with no exaggeration, that the sport saved his life. Learn how the power of community was an integral component in changing Wally’s life trajectory.
Loneliness – the Unseen Pandemic
Jillian Richardson studied loneliness for years before writing her book, The Un-Lonely Planet. She’ll share ways to find relationships that go beyond the surface, and you’ll explore what it takes to immerse yourself in community and make connections.
Wearable Tracy
While you can get lost in big cities, community still matters. Hear Bronx-based designer Lee Kim’s story of an accidental social experiment that created chance connections with fellow New Yorkers who might otherwise have remained strangers.

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