2012 FMW Conference

Great Space Center, Lone Pine, California
August 2–5, 2012

Philosophy as a Way of Life

A real philosophy is a Way of Life, however much it may also be a system of notions.1


Thomas McFarlane—Keynote speaker on the theme of Philosophy as a Way of Life. Sages in ancient Greece, who were known primarily for their exemplary way of life, were known as lovers of wisdom (philosophers). For these sages, philosophy was not a dry and detached activity limited to the mind, but an attitude and discipline that consumed their whole being. As such, their love of wisdom became a means for fundamental transformation of their view and experience of themselves and the world. In the same spirit, this talk will explore some practical ways that we can actually live Franklin’s philosophy and employ it as a way of personal transformation.

Ron Leonard—Ethics in Philosophy and Religion

Doroethy Leonard—Why Franklin Studied Carl G. Jung


Thursday evening, following dinner, we shall gather to become (re)acquainted and share. Friday morning will begin with a Dream Circle, and Saturday morning a Tarot Circle. Bring a dream that you feel is spiritually significant to you, or to the group—especially one that Jung would call a Big Dream.

The program will include readings and discussion from Franklin’s The Philosophy of Consciousness without an Object. Also, each participant should be prepared to give a brief talk on how your way of life has been influenced by Franklin’s philosophy.

Saturday evening will be a special program, followed by a Candlelight Ceremony.

The traditional Sunday morning meeting follows the format that Franklin and Sherifa used for many years. (Many dress more formally.) It will include Franklin’s recording of Two Supreme Virtues: Purity and Compassion, followed by discussion, the Closing Ceremony and a noon potluck.



$185 (includes room and board)


Please submit a $50 deposit to confirm your space as soon as possible, or you can choose to pay the full conference fee now:

  1. Or you can send a check to Doroethy Leonard at P.O. Box 758, Lone Pine, CA 93545.

Doroethy will provide breakfasts. Troy Tyhurst will be our chef for dinners (Thursday to Saturday) and lunches on Friday and Saturday. Sunday lunch is potluck.


There is a $25 reduction for camping here in the Great Space (using portapotty and outdoor shower) or for staying elsewhere.


Some scholarships are available upon request.

More Information

Detailed program and/or map available upon registration. Contact Doroethy with questions or for more information.