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The Walled Garden is the foundational podcast within the Walled Garden Philosophical Society, exploring a wide range of themes including philosophy, theology, mysticism, poetry, music, and creativity. The show is hosted by Simon J. E. Drew, an Australian poet, musician, philosopher, and CEO. Episodes vary between interviews with world-changing thought leaders and solo episodes exploring paths to a flourishing life. To join these conversations live, and to find out more about The Walled Garden Philosophical Society, go to thewalledgarden.com.

The Walled Garden The Walled Garden

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 55 Ratings

The Walled Garden is the foundational podcast within the Walled Garden Philosophical Society, exploring a wide range of themes including philosophy, theology, mysticism, poetry, music, and creativity. The show is hosted by Simon J. E. Drew, an Australian poet, musician, philosopher, and CEO. Episodes vary between interviews with world-changing thought leaders and solo episodes exploring paths to a flourishing life. To join these conversations live, and to find out more about The Walled Garden Philosophical Society, go to thewalledgarden.com.

    What is Mindfulness? with David Alexander

    What is Mindfulness? with David Alexander

    David Alexander breaks down the idea and practice of mindfulness and announces his new series of workshops in The Walled Garden wherein he teaches mindfulness and facilitates mindfulness meditations.
    David Alexander is a psychotherapist, writer and podcaster based in New Mexico, USA. His podcast Between Two Ravens explores the profound wisdom and beauty of Norse mythology and poetry. In The Walled Garden, studies integrative disciplines of psychology, philosophy, and mythology to better understand the self, thereby learning to understand others better.
    Register for Stoicon X Midwest: stoiconxmidwest.com
    Register for mindfulness workshops: thewalledgarden.com/the-prosoche-project-with-david-alexander
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    • 27 min
    The Heroism of Marcus Aurelius with Juan Perez

    The Heroism of Marcus Aurelius with Juan Perez

    Juan Perez facilitates an event in The Walled Garden focusing on the heroism of Marcus Aurelius.
    Juan has been a Business Consultant for more than 8 years and has implemented successful Change Management projects worldwide. He's created a method for change at a personal and professional level using Innovation Tools, Organizational Psychology and Stoicism. He's a proud father of 2 little kids, he has a podcast, a book on the way, and a passion for philosophy and music.
    Go to thewalledgarden.com/events to see more upcoming events.
    Go to thewalledgarden.com/mentoring to apply for philosophical mentoring with Juan.

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    • 50 min
    On God and the Environment with Kai Whiting

    On God and the Environment with Kai Whiting

    In this episode, Kai Whiting talks with members of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society about God and the Environment.
    Kai Whiting is a Stoicism and sustainability researcher and university lecturer based at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He is the co-author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in, where he and Leonidas Konstantakos discuss how people influenced by Stoic philosophy might approach many contemporary issues, including education, socioeconomic inequality, and climate breakdown.
    To register for any upcoming events in The Walled Garden, go to thewalledgarden.com/events/
    Register for Stoicon X Midwest here: stoiconxmidwest.com
    To get mentoring with Kai or any of our philosophers, go to thewalledgarden.com/mentoring/


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    On Community & Shepherdship with Scott Balentine

    On Community & Shepherdship with Scott Balentine

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    Simon Drew and Scott Balentine discuss the Stoic path and the current yearning for community and shepherdship. 
    As President of the Board of Directors, Scott works collaboratively with Board members and Founding members to set organizational goals. Additionally, he is responsible for working with the Board to set short- and long-term organizational goals and evaluate progress of the planned outcomes and the strategic plan to grow organizational capacity while connecting daily work with the vision and mission of the organization.
    As Chief Financial Officer, Scott oversees finance, budgeting, cash flow and accounting for The Walled Garden.
    With over 20 years’ of experience in healthcare and information technology, Scott currently serves as the manager of Methodist Le Bonheur’s Disaster Recovery program in addition to his role with The Walled Garden. Previously, Scott managed the IT Project Management Office for Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare. Mr. Balentine began his career in healthcare with Transnetyx, a genetic research firm and later at Baptist Memorial Healthcare serving in a variety of technical and management roles. He has also worked as an IT Project Manager for ALSAC/St. Jude. Additionally, Scott has served on the Board of Directors for the MidSouth Health Care Executives for eight years and currently serves as its President.
    Scott is a graduate of Harding University with a B.A. and from Western Governors University with an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Leadership, Learning, & Personal Responsibility with David Casteal

    Leadership, Learning, & Personal Responsibility with David Casteal

    Simon Drew and Nicholas Davis talk with David Casteal about leadership, learning, and personal responsibility. David Casteal played running back for the University of Alabama before moving to Spokane to pursue a career of coaching high school football and teaching at an elementary school. He has a PhD in ethnomusicology, and he studied drumming in Mali, Ghana, Guinea, and Uganda. Dave has travelled all over the world to learn, and teach, and the wisdom he shares with his many students is proof of this well-rounded life experience.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Rediscovering Unity in the Midst of Fragmentation

    Rediscovering Unity in the Midst of Fragmentation

    Simon Drew and renowned Stoic scholar and professor William O. Stephens discuss the theology and cosmology of the Stoic school of philosophy. 
    William O. Stephens is the Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Creighton University. His interests include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, Stoicism as a way of life, Stoicism and popular culture, ethics, animals, and the environment.
    He has published multiple scholarly books, including Marcus Aurelius: A Guide for the Perplexed,  Stoic Ethics: Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom, and The Ethics of the Stoic Epictetus. 

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    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Bookonaut ,

Worth it.

Initially, listening to the podcast with Simon on his own, I found his...earnestness a little irritating, but he grows on you and his interviewing and selection of guests has been top notch.

Richard160902 ,

Thought Stoicism was about being above petty politics.

This guy’s of the left, and he isn’t shy about it. I don’t care about politics. I want to learn about stoicism as a source of self betterment. Not for the sake of being part of a social movement.

Pete rhe apprentice ,

Great resource for personal improvement

The Practical Stoic provides the opportunity for a daily 5-10 minute snippet of inspiration which is of immense assistance to those seeking a good life.

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