Courageous Paths to Flourishing

Let’s Be Courageous Together

Act 🌿 Endure 🌿 Persevere

Courageous Paths to Flourishing: Stoicon Women Virtual Gathering 2022 took place on Saturday 1st October (ed. 💪🏼 It was a stellar event!). Our next gathering will take place in October 2023 (TBC)

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This is your season of courage.

Highlights of the 2022 virtual gathering

Our Keynote Speaker, Nancy Sherman, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, will present the keynote address on courage beyond facing fear.

“To have a chance of making it through these desperate times requires material and economic resources but also strong emotional supports, virtual and face to face. Building Stoic grit is not just a matter of inner toughness. It wasn’t in ancient times. And it isn’t now.”

Nancy Sherman, Stoic Wisdom.

Karen Duffy, New York Times bestselling author and former MTV VJ, will speak about courageous role models and her latest book, Wise Up!

“We are not all called to great acts of heroism, but opportunities for daily acts of valor and courage are all around you. We all have a choice. It is up to you to look for your shot to be useful: carrying groceries, holding the door, donating your time, buying a round, standing up for what is right, and being a mentor.”

Karen Duffy, Wise Up.
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Christopher Gill, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter, will present an opening address on the Stoic definition of courage.

Melinda Latour, Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts at Tufts University Department of Music, will talk about How To Listen to Music Like a Stoic.

At Courageous Paths to Flourishing, you will:

  • Expand your understanding of Stoic courage
  • Learn how to apply quiet, consistent forms of courage
  • Learn how to make courageous judgments to help you know when to stand firm in the face of hard work, discomfort, or danger and when to pause, retreat and consider another action
  • Understand that the key to courage is your willingness to do what needs to be done, despite the risk of personal harm or inconvenience

As Stoic women, we are strong, capable, and courageous.

We endure, we get things done, and we rise above the challenges and difficulties that inevitably follow us through life.

We don’t give up when the going gets tough.

But we also know when to pause, reflect, and back off.

Let’s come together to explore how we flourish, both as individuals and as a community, when we stand strong and let our courage shine through.

This is our season of courage.


Courage involves knowing how to act and feel correctly in situations of danger, in facing things seen as fearful. - Christopher Gill


What is courage? It's the impregnable fortification for human weakness. By encircling himself with it, a person can calmly endure throughout this life's siege, because he uses his own strength and his own weapons. Seneca.


Perseverance is the ability to act despite failure.

The 2022 Paths to Flourishing Team


Stoicon Women: Paths to Flourishing, is a Modern Stoicism event.

With thanks to Aurelius Foundation for Zoom support and Donald Robertson for planting the seed.

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Visit the Modern Stoicism website to learn more about Stoicism.

Modern Stoicism is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes discussion of Stoic philosophy and carries out research on its potential benefits

They organize a yearly conference Stoicon, free online courses such as Stoic Week, encourage and support Stoicon-x events (such as this one), and publish the Stoicism Today blog, a comprehensive resource of articles and essays on a wide range of topics pertaining to Stoicism.

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