Paths to Flourishing

Courageous Paths to Flourishing

Stoicon Women Virtual Gathering 2022
Saturday 1st October
11 am EDT / 8 am PDT / 4 pm BST

Act 🌿 Endure 🌿 Persevere

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This is your season of courage.

How can Stoic philosophy help us become courageous?

When we think of courage, we often think of instances of heroism and daring bravery.

But courage isn’t just about daring.

Courage, according to the Stoics, is knowing how to distinguish between what you ought to endure and what you ought not to endure.

At Courageous Paths to Flourishing: Stoicon Women Virtual Gathering 2022, we will go on a journey to find and grow our natural capacity for courage.

Our Keynote Speaker, Professor Nancy Sherman will discuss how “social bonds…undergird even Herculean courage.”

“To have a chance of making it through these desperate times requires material and economic resources but also strong emotional supports, virtual and face to face. Building Stoic grit is not just a matter of inner toughness. It wasn’t in ancient times. And it isn’t now.”

Nancy Sherman, Stoic Wisdom.

Special Guest Speaker and NYT bestselling author Karen Duffy, teaches us how to be courageous in our daily life.

“We are not all called to great acts of heroism, but opportunities for daily acts of valor and courage are all around you. We all have a choice. It is up to you to look for your shot to be useful: carrying groceries, holding the door, donating your time, buying a round, standing up for what is right, and being a mentor.”

Karen Duffy, Wise Up.
Named one of Oprah Daily’s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022

At Courageous Paths to Flourishing, you will:

  • Expand your understanding of Stoic courage
  • Learn how to apply quiet, consistent forms of courage
  • Learn how to make courageous judgments to help you know when to stand firm in the face of hard work, discomfort, or danger and when to pause, retreat and consider another action
  • Understand that the key to courage is your willingness to do what needs to be done, despite the risk of personal harm or inconvenience

As Stoic women, we are strong, capable, and courageous.

We endure, we get things done, and we rise above the challenges and difficulties that inevitably follow us through life.

We don’t give up when the going gets tough.

But we also know when to pause, reflect, and back off.

Let’s come together to explore how we flourish, both as individuals and as a community, when we stand strong and let our courage shine through.

This is our season of courage.


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Courage is the ability to act or not act despite fear.


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Endurance is the ability to act despite pain, discomfort, weariness, or difficulty.


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Perseverance is the ability to act despite failure.

The Paths to Flourishing Team

🌿 Founders and co-hosts: Brittany Polat and Kathryn Koromilas
🌿 Event organisers: Kathryn Koromilas and Brittany Polat
🌿 Conference ambassadors: Kasey Pierce and Anne Gehrmann
🌿 Technical direction and website: Kathryn Koromilas


Stoicon Women: Paths to Flourishing, is a Modern Stoicism event.

Modern Stoicism

Visit the Modern Stoicism website to learn more about Stoicism.

Modern Stoicism is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes discussion of Stoic philosophy and carries out research on its potential benefits

They organize a yearly conference Stoicon, free online courses such as Stoic Week, encourage and support Stoicon-x events (such as this one), and publish the Stoicism Today blog, a comprehensive resource of articles and essays on a wide range of topics pertaining to Stoicism.

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