Starting the Day

At 7:00 A.M, anyone who doesn’t have farm chores that day meets outdoors at Morning Gather to hear words from Plato, our student or faculty philosopher of the day. After morning classes, we come together to share lunch with everyone at Chewonki. We hear another reading or thought, learn about the food we are about to enjoy, and then share the meal, which usually incorporates food from our farm or other local sources.

Studying Outdoors & In

After lunch, we head to afternoon classes, work program, or perhaps science field trip. We’re ready for a break by dinner and enjoy the chance to share conversation and relax. After focused study hours, students migrate back to the cabins they share to prepare for 10:00 P.M. lights out.

Weekend Activities

The rhythm changes on weekends. On Saturday mornings, students and faculty develop their sense of place through excursions to local points of interest, volunteering in nearby towns, or outdoor activities such as canoeing around Chewonki Neck or orienteering. In the past, students have gone to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, skied at Sugarloaf Mountain, hiked in Camden Hills State Park, and volunteered at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

Saturday evenings are often a high point of the week, featuring a special dinner and activity prepared by a small group of students and faculty. Entertaining, creative, and inclusive, these evening activities can be anything from a coffeehouse to a no-holds-barred bake-off to a contra dance.