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Sponsored by Jim Manley

Managing Director

of the Ralph Waldo

Emerson Institute


Saturdays – 1 pm to 3 pm

DATES – January 14th,
February 11th and March 18th
Then, after the Holidays, Easter and Passover
April 29th, May 13th, and June 10th

Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor
New York City – between 8th & Broadway

For questions, comments or concerns, Call Jim Manley, 917-776-5846 or email,


You can Join the Circle at any time. Membership levels are GOLD (which includes live classes), and SILVER (which is exclusively online). When you arrive, you arrive at the exact time to hear just what you need and can share immediately in the Conversation. Emerson sculpts his sentences with such clarity and Barbara guides us to speak from deep within. The Conversation is rich and enveloping with every sentence.


Deep Dive Into Emerson’s Work

The two-hour class is an elucidating Conversation. We audio record the entire two-hour Conversation, then all the spoken words are transcribed. The edited Conversation is compiled into four half-hour segments. One half-hour Segment will be posted to the Blog per week. All members, GOLD, SILVER, COPPER and PLATINUM, can comment on the Blog. It’s unlike any on or off-line reading of Emerson’s work.

Special Announcement: Sunday, May 21st in NYC

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were the closest of friends.

Barbara Solowey is an extraordinary teacher and my mentor in the discovery of Emerson.
Barbara is presenting a “Thoreau Bicentennial Celebration Study Day.”

Attend this event, and, if you can, please Message your observations. I’ll be on an expedition in Sedona, AZ on May 21st, I’d love to make this Study Day. I’m sure it will be stimulating (at least).

You’re Invited to Join the Emerson Circle
Led by Barbara Solowey

                                                …… study and explore the spiritual and intellectual legacy of America’s great sage and teacher. The American Transcendentalists, of whom Emerson was the leading figure, were among the most dynamic, visionary thinkers in our history and their work is still profoundly relevant. His words are both inspirational and fortifying and always address a love of freedom and a deep abiding need for Self-reliance.

Barbara: I’m very happy about this new form of study, and I want to mention why I’m doing it. For many years, for 20 years I had a course at the school which was beautiful and there were many sincere people that wanted to study Emerson and for very good reason. He is an unbelievable, inspiring teacher of Advaita, of the philosophy of  OneSelf.


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  • GOLD
  • 22$
    per month
  • Includes Nine Classes in New York City with Barbara Solowey
  • •9 Barbara Solowey Classes
    •Barbara’s & Class notes
    •Read/Make Comments
    •Audio of Classes
    •‘Self-Reliance’ mp3
    •Photo/Video galleries
    •Online support
    •Emerson Forums
  • RWE Journals 10 Volumes
    Fully Searchable Timeline
    Its very large, we’ll release it by sections
  • Emerson: The Ideal In America
    RWE Documentary
  • 20$
    per month
  • Exclusively Online for Year
  • •Barbara’s & Class notes
    •Read/Make Comments
    •Audio of Classes
    •‘Self-Reliance’ mp3
    •Photo/Video galleries
    •Online support
    •Emerson Forums
  • RWE Journals 10 Volumes
    Fully Searchable Timeline
    Its very large, we’ll release it by sections
  • Emerson: The Ideal In America
    RWE Documentary

Great American Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concord (/ˈkɒn.kɔɹd/, or locally /ˈkaŋ.kəɹd/) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. At the 2010 census, the town population was 17,668.[1] The United States Census Bureau considers Concord part of Greater Boston. The town center is located near where the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet rivers forms the Concord River.

The area which became the town of Concord was originally known as Musketaquid, an Algonquian word for “grassy plain”. It was one of the scenes of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the initial conflict in the American Revolutionary War. It developed into a remarkably rich literary center during the mid-nineteenth century. Featured were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau, all of whose homes are preserved in modern-day Concord. The now-ubiquitous Concord grape was developed here.

from Wikipedia

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About Us

Barbara and Jim have worked together for the past 20 years introducing, celebrating, and sharing the legacy our great American Philosopher and Teacher, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • literary

    3 Terms per year – 9 Classes with Barbara Solowey. All words are transcribed to a Blog. Barbara’s notes are uploaded from each Class. Unlike any on or off-line reading of Emerson’s work.

  • Spiritual Teaching

    Transcribed to a Blog. Reading and making Comments as a Member on each Essay. Comments can only be made by the membership levels below.

  • Intellectual Legacy

    Each class is audio-recorded. As a member, you can listen to Audio Recording of Barbara’s Class. This is illuminating whether you were present in the class and re-listening or listening online.

  • Visionary Thinkers

    Barbara’s notes and Class notes on each Essay from each Class – Read RWE Blogs
    Read like-minded opinions around Emerson’s great works – Read RWE Forums
    Audio Download of ‘Self-Reliance’

  • Read & Write

    Access to photo and video galleries
    Interact with like-minded people around Emerson’s great works – Read & Write on RWE Forums

  • Everything Online

    Interact with like-minded people around Emerson’s great works – Forums
    An online copy of Emerson: The Ideal In America
    Access to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Journals 10 Volumes fully Searchable

Barbara Solowey with Alexander Forbes Emerson

Essence of Transcendental teachings

It’s the only class of its kind (and it can be a lot of fun in between the serious section