Coming Attractions


The Great Philosophers: Albert Camus

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San Diego Oasis at Rancho Bernardo, 17170 Bernardo Center Dr., Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128

Algerian-born philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) firmly rejected the label “existentialist” his whole life. Nevertheless, his work stands as its most heartfelt expression. Through the rubble of the Russian revolution, WWII, the Holocaust, and the nuclear bomb, Camus helps us chart a course toward a life of meaning and value. Life, Camus argues, is fundamentally absurd, and we will not find any meaning or purpose in it, other than that which we impose upon it ourselves. Join us for a study of Camus’s bracing but ultimately inspiring work.


Walking the Seven Stone Path--A Retreat

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Camp de Benneville Pines, 41750 Jenks Lake Road, West Angelus Oaks, CA 92305-9789

Join us for this four-day retreat at Camp de Benneville Pines, centered around a study of my book "The Seven Stone Path: An Everyday Journey to Wisdom." Drive up to this beautiful cluster of cabins high in the San Bernardino National Forest to refresh your heart, mind, and body with restful fellowship, meaningful dialogue, great food, and as much camaraderie or solitude your soul requires. For details about the camp, the reservations and accommodations process at their website, or call (909) 794-2928 to have all of your questions answered. This retreat will feature a number of opportunites for growth and connection, and as the keynote facilitator I'll be leading a series of sessions on my book. We'll spend an hour each mid-morning working on the ideas in the book, and we'll gather on the deck every afternoon for open dialogue about the ways these ideas are moving through us. Accommodations are rustic but comfortable. Hope to see you there! We'll arrive on Thursday afternoon, and drive home on Monday morning after breakfast. Don't wait--make your reservations now!

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Author of The Seven Stone Path-An Everyday Journey to Wisdom


"When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind." ~ Kahlil Gibran

My book The Seven Stone Path-An Everyday Journey to Wisdom is out now and available everywhere. 


And be sure to get the free Workbook HERE!

I am the Philosophy and Humanities Department Chair and a professor of philosophy and humanities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California where I have taught world religions, Asian philosophy, world mythology, and ethics for 32 years.

Off campus I speak, write, teach, and sing about a wide range of spiritual and philosophical things.

I write a column for Unity Magazine. I publish a blog called Thinking Through where all my published writing is gathered. I lead guided meditations online on the Insight Timer Meditation app. I have a YouTube channel called Peter Bolland TV where I post videos of some of my talks and songs and more. And I lecture all over town in a wide variety of venues. All of my work is about one thing: shaping the insights of the world's wisdom traditions into tools we can use to enrich our lives. And all that happens when I'm not at Southwestern College in Chula Vista being a philosophy and humanities professor and department chair. 

I also sing, play guitar, write songs, make albums, and perform regularly throughout the San Diego area.

I've been playing music and writing songs my whole life. My first solo album was called Frame, released in 2002. It earned a Best Americana Album nomination at the San Diego Music Awards. Then I had a band called The Coyote Problem from 2002-2010. We won the Best Americana Album prize for both of our albums, Wire in 2005 and California in 2007 at the San Diego Music Awards. Quit while you're ahead, right? I fired myself from my own band so I could focus on all of my other projects, including my solo work. The result? My album Two Pines, available now.Two Pines Album Cover

I am also a session musician playing a wide variety of instruments on other people's albums, things like acoustic and electric guitar, lap steel guitar, Dobro, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica.

But these daydobros I spend most of my off-campus time speaking and leading workshops at a wide variety of venues, (The Chopra Center, The San Diego Vedanta Monastery, San Diego Oasis, The Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, First United Methodist Church, and many more) about all of the things I've learned through the years about the world's wisdom traditions. If you'd like to come experience one of my many multimedia lecture presentations or long-form classes about the life-changing transformational wisdom of world mythology, comparative religion, and practical philosophy, visit the Calendar page for a complete schedule of upcoming events.

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