For our stay in Philmont, New York, we were fortunate to be hosted by Nathaniel Williams. He and his wife, Andrea, were gracious enough to stay up in the middle of the night awaiting our arrival as we made our way up the country road that leads to Philmont from New York City. We had driven straight up from Atlanta, hoping to arrive Monday night. We made it, but after midnight! We finally found our way through Philmont only after stopping at the wrong house when we saw Nathaniel and Andrea running down the driveway. We were so happy to have a place to rest, and the Free Columbia art studio offered us needed solace after three straight days of driving! The house on the same property was buzzing with students there for the art course, and there was a bountiful garden right outside the door. What a beautiful place it was!
Nathaniel studied painting and anthroposophy at the neueKUNSTschule in Basel, Switzerland and has lived in New York for the last several years. Along with Laura Summer, he leads the Free Columbia art course. He is also part of Think OutWord and an active member of the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.
We recently had the privilege of sharing Nathaniel’s essay entitled An Important Reformation and its Consequences for a Renaissance. In offering his reflections on the current state of the movement/Society, a look at our history, and his own experiences in the work, Nathaniel raises essential questions for the future. He calls for “renewed culture of individual responsibility and integrity” and for “radical and thoughtful reform and energy supported by spiritual inspiration.” We are including the essay again here at the link below:
It was so delightful to be in this rural community. When we went for a sandwich down the street, we asked the gentleman if he had anything vegetarian. He said, “Not on the menu, but there’s a sandwich I make for Nathaniel. Would you like that?” We agreed to it, wondering if he even knew that we knew Nathaniel. So, if you’re in Philmont, look out for the Nathaniel sandwich!
We send our gratitude to Nathaniel and Andrea for their hospitality. We are so happy to have been able to spend the time we did in Philmont and Harlemville.
Below we offer a video from Free Columbia. In it, Nathaniel speaks on Free Columbia, free culture, the goodness of the human being, and individual freedom.