Camp Seneca: Virtual Stoic Retreat



“Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?”  It is precisely in times of immunity from care that the soul should toughen itself beforehand for occasions of greater stress, and it is while Fortune is kind that it should fortify itself against her violence.  In days of peace the soldier performs manoeuvres, throws up earthworks with no enemy in sight, and wearies himself by gratuitous toil, in order that he may be equal to unavoidable toil.

Let the pallet be a real one, and the coarse cloak; let the bread be hard and grimy. Endure all this for three or four days at a time, sometimes for more, so that it may be a test of yourself instead of a mere hobby.”


I’m setting about an explicit period to re-double my efforts in regards to training.
It’ll be a 28 day period from 13-June to 11-July.

I’ll be keeping my seven precepts for the Stoic προκόπτων, which are based on the Lectures of Musonius Rufus.  Additionally I will be restricting food to one meal a day, and abstaining from intoxicants.

Anyone else who would like to join, just add in the comments and state what protocol you’re following. I’ll update in this thread periodically as well.

I’m also keeping a thread at the /r/Asceticism sub.

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