Coming Attractions

Previous events

Dec1

The Folkey Monkey presents The Music of John Denver, featuring Joe Rathburn and Peter Bolland. After going dark for three years we're thrilled to be bringing this crowd favorite back to life. Join us for the fun, beautiful, and heart-warming songs of John Denver performed by Joe and Peter as only they can.

Tickets for the live event are $25 and can be purchased at https://joerathburn.com/event/4808931/613004933/folkey-monkey-presents-joe-rathburn-peter-bolland-pay-tribute-to-john-denver-live

Or you can enjoy from wherever you are via livestream, and if you choose the livestream option, we're offering a pay-what-you-think-its-worth option. Here's the link for the livestream option: https://joerathburn.com/event/4869049/620348382/live-stream-of-joe-rathburn-peter-bolland-john-denver-tribute

Nov29

The Great Philosophers: Augustine

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Augustine (354-430) lay on his death bed as the Vandals lay siege to his town of Hippo in Roman North Africa. The Roman Empire and its greatest philosopher were dying together, but their legacies would live forever. A late convert to Christianity, Augustine would go on to become its greatest voice in the early church. He is in many ways the architect of a Christian theology that would remain unchallenged for a thousand years. His unparalleled intellect and prodigious output shaped the medieval world like no other. No study of Western philosophy is complete without a study of Augustine’s lasting impact. All registrants receive a video of the webinar afterwards. $16

Nov21

The Wisdom of Gratitude

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Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, 16780 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Join me for this free, in-person lecture on the wisdom of gratitude. What is the consciousness of gratitude, and why is it so hard to come by? What happens when we consciously work to cultivate an attitude of gratitude? How might we go about doing this? How does our life change?

Nov18

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Nov15

Thanksgiving and the Power of Gratitude

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

The Thanksgiving holiday is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and power of gratitude. A traditional harvest festival, Thanksgiving gives us a communal opportunity to consciously shift out of our normal worried mind stuck, as it usually is, on how there’s never enough – never enough money, never enough time, never enough love – and move instead into the awareness that we have everything we need. “Gratitude,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Developing the consciousness of gratitude opens the door to the cultivation of all of the virtues – compassion, kindness, courage, serenity, and satisfaction. Is gratitude an endpoint, a state only realized after I get everything I want, or is it a decision I make in the here and now regardless of outer conditions? Join us as we explore this and other questions surrounding the transformative power of the consciousness of gratitude. All registrants receive a video of the webinar after the event. $16

Nov4

The Spirit of Gratitude

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University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA

Join us live and in-person for this fourth and final installment in our "Growing Spirit" series, "The Spirit of Gratitude." The Thanksgiving holiday season is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and power of gratitude. A traditional harvest festival, Thanksgiving gives us a communal opportunity to consciously shift out of our normal worried mind stuck, as it usually is, on how there’s never enough – never enough money, never enough time, never enough love – and move instead into the awareness that we have everything we need. “Gratitude,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” In other words, developing the consciousness of gratitude opens the door to the cultivation of all of the virtues – compassion, kindness, courage, serenity, and satisfaction. Is gratitude an endpoint, a state only realized after I get everything I want, or is it a decision I make in the here and now regardless of outer conditions? Join us as we explore this and other questions surrounding the transformative power of the consciousness of gratitude.

Nov4

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Oct28

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Oct25

Inside the Electoral College

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every elected official in America, from local school board to the U.S Senate, is elected by popular vote – except one: the President of the United States. Ever since 1789, the Constitution requires that the President be chosen not by popular vote, but by a curious body called the Electoral College. What is it? How does it work? Does it work? Join me for an insider’s view into this curious American institution. Even though I have my doubts about the fairness of this 18th century process, I was honored by an opportunity to serve as one of California’s 55 electors in the 2020 Presidential election. I’ll share insider details about this remarkable experience and lead us through an inquiry into the pros and cons of this curious political mechanism. All registrants receive a video of the webinar afterwards. $16

Oct21

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Oct14

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Oct11

What Are Creation Myths Really For?

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

All around the world ancient people told fantastical tales of the dawn of time and the creation of the universe. What questions were they trying to answer? “Who made the world, and how?” Or were they asking different questions – questions much closer to home, like, “What am I, and what is my place in the cosmos?” Using Joseph Campbell’s four functions of myth, we’ll closely read, analyze, and discuss the creation stories in both Genesis and the Mayan Popul Vuh, looking for insights not into the literal origin of the universe, but into the secrets of our own essential nature and nature of reality itself. 60 minute presentation, 30 minute Q&A. All registrants receive a video of the webinar afterwards. $16

Oct7

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Oct1

Peter Bolland and Rupert Wates in Concert

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Pilgrim Church, 2020 Chesnut Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008

San Diego Folk Heritage presents two singer-songwriters, Peter Bolland and Rupert Wates, in concert at Pilgrim United Church-Christ in Carlsbad, California. This will be my first live in-person performance since February 2020 when Covid came along. Come celebrate the art form of folk music with us! $18 ($15 members). Click here to learn more: https://sdfolkheritage.org/events/peter-bolland-and-rupert-wates/ Advance Tickets here: https://www.ticketweb.com/search?q=san+diego+folk+heritage

Oct1

The Divine Feminine Across Traditions

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San Diego Vedanta Monastery, 1440 Upas Street, San Diego, CA

Join me for this free lecture at the San Diego Vedanta Monastery, either in person or via Zoom. How does the divine feminine manifest across traditions? What is personification? How do our god-concepts coincide with ultimate reality, our local environment, our sociology, and our needs? Please be vaccinated and masked for this event. Or join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82796086077?pwd=WGJnSE5JZlJJSmlWYXJ5WmhmeXltZz09

Meeting ID: 827 9608 6077 Passcode: satjoy

Sep30

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Sep27

The Philosophy of Abortion

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

By now we’re all familiar with the pro and con arguments surrounding America’s most contentious political debate—abortion. But how aware are we of the often-unstated philosophical positions underpinning those familiar arguments? Join us for this philosophical inquiry into the big questions the abortion debate draws to the surface: When does life begin? What do different religions and wisdom traditions say about that? What does liberty or freedom really mean? Do we own our own bodies? How does the 14th amendment (granting a “right to life”) intersect with the 1st amendment (prohibiting the establishment of a state religion)? No matter your current views, join us for this important work. All registrants receive a video of the webinar afterwards. $16

Sep24

Who is My Neighbor? A Global Perspective

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First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

I'm honored to be a guest lecturer at this San Diego School of Christian Studies series. Who is inside the sacred circle, and who is out? And who gets to decide? How do various religions, philosophies, and wisdom traditions frame these vital questions? Join us as we explore this ancient and timely challenge. This event is free, but please RSVP at https://www.fumcsd.org/event/7675809-2022-09-24-sdscs-lecture-series-a-global-perspective/

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

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, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 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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