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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Eight participants enjoyed the third Oxford Praxis Forum reading weekend held in Spain last month.  

"These weekends are proving a simple but highly effective format for allowing senior practitioners - this year ranging from a partner in a Big 4 professional service firm to a consultant anaesthetist in a major London hospital - to step back and reflect on their personal and professional challenges," said Marshall Young, Green Templeton Emeritus Fellow and a member of Praxis.

The range of books selected by the participants was as diverse as ever, as were the resulting discussions over meals.  

  Download the Oxford Praxis Forum Reading Weekend 2015 book list

After the weekends the books are offered to the College Library and so far they have all been accepted, contributing to a growing Praxis collection that is of interest and use to College members.

During the week, the group also enjoyed a concert of classical and flamenco guitar music in the hacienda chapel.  

The group is pictured below, with the chef Fidel in pride of place in the centre of the photo, at the group's insistence in recognition of his major contribution to the special ambience they all had enjoyed.

Praxis is again grateful to Praxis member and Associate Fellow Robert Poynton for the use of his family's splendid hacienda (Dehesa De La Serna, outside Madrid) for the event.

"There is now a waiting list for these events and so more weekends are being planned for next year, including one in North America," added Marshall Young.

Praxis Reading Weekend 2015 book selection

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (The Massey Lectures)
Wade Davis

This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
John Gray

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature
Steven Pinker

Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickenson

Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation
Joseph Campbell

The Seven-Day Weekend: A Better Way to Work in the 21st Century
Ricardo Semler

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
Mark Neop

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Alan W Watts

Little Bets: How breakthrough ideas emerge from small discoveries
Peter Sims

The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy
David Graeber

Silence: Lectures and Writings
John Cage

Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
Jonathan Fields

Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective
Kenneth O Stanley

The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live
Roman Krznaric

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
Dan Harris

The Hedgehog And The Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History
Isaiah Berlin

Roman Krznaric