Summer in the Forest

As a member of the British Royal Navy, the young Jean Vanier was stricken by the horror of the Nazi death camps, which led to a lifelong calling to do good. When he later learned how the mentally ill were labeled “idiots” and warehoused in violent asylums, he found his purpose: He created L’Arche, a community at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris that offers residential support to learning-disabled adults. This uplifting film, characterized by its stillness and peace, reveals Canadian Catholic philosopher Vanier, now in his 80s, living a vibrant life and sharing his philosophy that forming authentic relationships and honoring the weak is the path to being fully human.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, 10570
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Presenter: Jacob Burns Film Center
Presenter Phone: 9147475555
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Sponsor Message

The Meditative Life is made possible by The Gail Wagner Shenkman Fund. This series is presented in partnership with the Garrison Institute and the Westchester Buddhist Center.