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Philosophy on the River with John Kaag and Doug Anderson


Join John Kaag and Doug Anderson on a 7 day immersion trip canoeing on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. On this trip John and Doug will lead discussions connecting the ideas of philosophy with every day life. 

Pay What You Will Pricing

As a pay what you want organization, the actual price is for you to decide. We offer a suggested price based on our costs to help you make your decision. We consider your payment amount as confidential.

We ask for a deposit when you sign up for the trip. We suggest twenty percent of what you expect to pay. The deposit will help us with the costs of preparation for the course.

We expect your final payment within a week of the trip’s end.

Suggested Price: $2,500


Following the Thoreau Wabanaki Trail from Lobster Lake to Chesuncook Lake, we will trace part of Thoreau's Maine Woods trip. We will paddle down the West Branch of the Penobscot River for 3 days, then paddle the length of Chesuncook Lake. Our typical day of paddling will be between 5 and 10 miles, leaving ample time for conversations, reading, relaxing, and exploring.


John Kaag, the author of the memoir "American Philosophy, A Love Story," will lead discussions on his book and the importance of philosophy. Doug Anderson, the author of "Philosophy Americana," will lead discussions on the connections between music, life, and philosophy. Doug will also bring his guitar.

Signing Up

If you are interested in this trip please contact us to sign up. Once your spot is reserved, we will send you an equipment list and guide you through preparing for the trip.