The Stoic Salon Podcast

We meet in a flourishing virtual café. We chat about life, love, work, play, the universe, and Stoicism.

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Saturday Sep 25, 2021

I get to talk with Ranjini George who teaches Stoicism, Mindfulness and Creative Writing at SCS, University of Toronto.
We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing which took place in June 2021:
Dr. Ranjini George holds a PhD in English Literature from Northern Illinois University, USA, an MA in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, Canada. More recently, she won first place in Canada’s inaugural Coffee Shop Author Contest for her travel memoir, a work-in-progress, Miracle of Flowers: In the Footsteps of an Emperor, a Goddess, a Story and a Tiffin-Stall. She was an Associate Professor of English at Zayed University, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. She currently teaches Stoicism, Mindfulness and Creative Writing at SCS, University of Toronto, classes such as Pilgrimage to the Sacred Feminine; Stoicism and the Good Life; Dear Diary: Marcus Aurelius, Anne Frank and Thich Nhat Hanh; Mindfulness, Stoicism and Writing for Discipline and Productivity; and, Meditation and Writing. In 2019, she received the SCS, University of Toronto Excellence in Teaching award. Her book, Through My Mother’s Window: Emirati Women Tell their Stories and Recipes, was published in Dubai in December 2016.
Her most recent publication is an excerpt from her novel, Blue Flowers, a chapter entitled, “Marcus Aurelius at the Lebanese Cafe” published on Stoicism Today.
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Sunday Sep 19, 2021

I get to talk with Andi Sciacca & Greg Sadler.
We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing which took place in June 2021:
Andi Sciacca is an advocate for access, education, and equity – and a proud #MKEpreneur. She is currently leading the development of The MKE FoodSchool – a center for learning, innovation, community-building, and resource-sharing, working to create the space for an inspired and inclusive conversation around Milwaukee’s community table. She also teaches for the Milwaukee Institute of Art + Design and is program designer and capstone faculty for the graduate division of The Culinary Institute of America– where she develops and leads courses on innovation and entrepreneurship. She enjoys helping others leverage opportunities to connect and to flourish – and, she finds great value in applying lessons from Stoicism to daily life.
Greg Sadler is editor of Stoicism Today and husband of Andi Sciacca. President of ReasonIO, co-host of Wisdom for Life radio show, producer of Sadler’s Lectures podcast, team member of Modern Stoicism, Ltd, adjunct professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Greg has written prolifically on Stoicism including on Stoicism and Self-Control, Epictetus on Love and Affection: A Stoic Paradox, What Epictetus Really Thinks is in Our Power.
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Saturday Sep 18, 2021

I get to talk with Rocío de Torres Artillo.
We spoke before the very first women's conference on Stoicism, Paths to Flourishing which took place in June, 2021:
Learn more about Rocío below and here: ⏰ 
Rocio is a digital product designer and multidisciplinary artist with an MA that explored how can communication design help understand and apply philosophy to daily life. Through design, literature, painting, and songwriting, she focuses on bringing philosophy closer to daily life and sharing story tales with meaningful narratives. #Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Tuesday Jun 15, 2021

I get to talk with distinguished professor Nancy Sherman about her work teaching ethics in the military, about emotions, about Stoicism being group-help rather than self-help, and about dance!
Nancy Sherman's new book Stoic Wisdom out now and the UK hardcover is coming 1 July:
Learn more about Nancy Sherman below and here:
⏰  Chapters ⏰
00:00 Podcast intro [Chapters coming soon]
Follow Nancy on Facebook Follow Nancy on Twitter Find Nancy on LinkedIn Nancy Sherman is a New York Times notable author. A distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown, she writes on ethics and military ethics. She served as the inaugural Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has awards from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the Mellon Fellowship, the Wilson Center, the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, among others. She has research training in psychoanalysis. Sherman has written six books, edited others, and authored more than 60 articles. She lectures nationally and internationally on Stoicism, moral injury, ethics, and military ethics. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Sherman's work on military and ancient ethics has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The San Diego Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant as well as in many other newspapers. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, WB11, FOX news, and Bob Abernathy's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. She has been a featured guest on over 50 radio stations nationwide, including NPR's "Diane Rehm Show," "This American Life," and the "Kojo Nnamdi Show," the BBC, and more. She is a frequent guest on podcasts on Stoicism and Stoic meditation and online fora. She has also been featured on radio stations abroad, including the Australian Broadcasting Company. Sherman lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, Marshall Presser. They have two grown married children and grandchildren. She is a modern dancer, swims outdoors year-round, and adores hiking with the family. Gardening is also a passion. In the summer, you can find her playing in the mud in the garden! #Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Saturday May 29, 2021

I get to talk with Kasey Pierce about impermanence, illness, emotions, running a business, being part of a club called Stoicism, editing a graphic novel about Marcus Aurelius, and lots more.
Kasey Pierce is an author and editor from the Metro Detroit area. She’s one of the editors of Donald Robertson’s graphic novel, “Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius”–a sweeping epic about the life of Marcus Aurelius.
Kasey Pierce is speaking on creativity and Stoicism at Practical Paths to Flourishing, a virtual event celebrating women in Stoicism. Learn more here:
[More about Kasey below]
⏰ Chapters ⏰
00:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast
[Chapters coming soon]
Kasey Pierce is an author and editor from the Metro Detroit area. She’s one of the editors of Donald Robertson’s graphic novel, “Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius”–a sweeping epic about the life of Marcus Aurelius.
Her prose horror novella, “Pieces of Madness”, gave her residency on the comic convention circuit in 2015. She joined the ranks of Source Point Press shortly after and created the “Norah” series. This acclaimed movie-optioned sci-fi made her a household name in indie comics–eventually becoming a flagship creator for the company. Kasey has sold-out at many conventions in the US, Canada, and overseas where she’s also presented her panel on marketing and direct sales in indie comics, “Good Luck with That”. Source Point Press released her Viking horror series, “Seeress“, in 2019 and “Norah Vol. 2″ in 2020. Her next work, scheduled for release in 2021, is “Norah Vol. 3” and a space opera about Alzheimer’s, “The Other People Who Live Here”.
Currently, she’s one of the editors of Donald Robertson’s graphic novel, “Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius”–a sweeping epic about the life of Marcus Aurelius.
On her Stoic practice:
Although I have to remind myself of this all the time…never ever let yourself be intimidated–it’s illogical. No matter how much money the other guy has, or how much experience they have on you, we’re all meeting at the same place: the graveyard. Hence, they’re not better than you in any way, shape, or form. Once you embrace the reality of impermanence, it makes the difference between what matters and what doesn’t crystal clear. In the grand scheme, the only thing that matters, in the end, is who you loved, how you loved, and your legacy. Everything else is merely a collection of data that no one will hardly remember.
Follow Kasey on Instagram @kcdwrites and Twitter @kosmickasey.
#Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Sunday May 23, 2021

I get to talk with Jennifer Baker about tragedy, economy, marketing, business, death, laughter, Stoicism and lots more.
Jennifer Baker teaches Stoic ethics at the College of Charleston and writes on how to apply Stoicism to contemporary ethical issues in life and in fields like economics.
She is the author over two dozen articles in philosophy and co-editor of Economics and the Virtues for Oxford University Press. She is working on a book manuscript on economics and moral indifferents.
⏰ Chapters ⏰
00:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast
00:25 Introducing Dr. Jennifer Baker
02:38 Jennifer's path to Stoicism, Aristotle, Nussbaum, Julia Annas, the Tragic
13:37 Do the Stoics have an account of the tragic?
17:00 Death: "I think people are bad in this subject!"
18:43 What would the news be like is we were all Stoics? 21:18 Economy, a Stoic economy? Money, Budgeting. Markets. Marketing products. Adam Smith.
44:17 Jennifer Baker's forthcoming book: Economics and Moral Indifferents. Business Ethics. Morality in the market since ancient times.
44:50 "Of course, I think the Stoic option is the best."
49:25 Are your children fans of Stoicism?
50:27 Age and Stoicism. Congenital Stoicism. Natural Stoicism.
54:00 Laughter Jennifer Baker is speaking about The Power to Care: How a Stoic approach to life helps in raising children and care-taking 🌿 Stoicon-x Women: Practical Paths to Flourishing 2021 🌿
Jennifer argues that: I argue that a stoic approach to life helps in raising children and care-taking for five reasons: it keeps one from being selfish while being assertive, it encourages to "say no" to unpromising commitments and identities, it regards ethics as active and a comprehensive check on your choices, encourages joy and helps one to prepare for loss and crises.
Connect with Jennifer on Facebook:
Read her articles on Psychology Today:
Jennifer recommends approaching Stoicism via Julia Annas' The Morality of Happiness.
#Stoicism​ #StoicSalon​ #KathrynKoromilas

Saturday May 08, 2021

I get to talk with Eve Riches about life, emotions, disability, laughter, sex, & Stoicism.
Eve Riches is a mentor and teacher working across disability employment support, Stoicism and Psychology teaching, mentoring looked after children and promoting disability equality.
She is particularly focused on improving emotional resilience and applying Stoicism to everyday life.
Eve runs a monthly Stoicism online learning group as well as a research project with the Modern Stoicism organisation, where she is a steering committee member and she is also an advisor to the Aurelius Foundation.
She is speaking on compassionate self-care and caring for others at Stoicon-x Women: Practical Paths to Flourishing 2021:
She co-founded, with Brittany Polat,
0:00​​ Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast
0:11​​ Musical intro
0:26​​ Introducing today's guest: Eve Riches
3:26​ Eve's path to Stoicism
11:37​ Two paths to Stoicism: youth/age
17:07​ The Stoics at university: meeting the Stoics in psychology class
24:05​ Stoic/stoic
25:53​ Stoic theory of emotions
51:01​ Stoic care Women, roles, burnout, self-care. Volunteering - duty with temperance
1:10:00​ Marcus Aurelius's challenges versus women's challenges
1:11:50​ Being a Stoic parent, life is hard and complex
1:18:10​ Marcus Aurelius is funny and would have been a great dad
1:22:07​ Seneca's letter writing
1:38:40​ Sex

Saturday May 01, 2021

I get to talk with Sharon Lebell about Stoicism, women, duty, meaning and more.
For over 25 years Sharon Lebell’s international bestseller, The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, has inspired philosophy lovers and the modern Stoicism movement.
A modern interpretation of Epictetus’ teachings, it is a perennial classic cherished as a daily spiritual guide for readers from all walks of life.
0:00 Welcome to The Stoic Salon Podcast
0:11 Musical intro
0:26 Introducing today's guest: Sharon Lebell
3:38 Sharon enters here. "We've had a date with destiny."
4:10 Setting tone for beginning the conversation; interested in the personal, Stoic concept of flow, and story of before Stoicism and the meeting of Sharon and Stoicism.
5:24 What was the "Before Stoicism" for you, Sharon?
6:00 Always interested in the "Big Questions."
7:00 "Being a human being is really hard."
8:45 Buddhism & the fruits of a contemplative life
9:03 From Buddhism to Stoicism
10:16 The language of virtue in Stoicism
10:20 Sharon's encounter with Stoicism
13:00 Stoics in philosophy textbooks and academia for Sharon and me
14:58 Sharon asks me about my encounter with the Stoics
17:47 Is Stoicism easier when you get older
19:17 Stoicism's imperative to trust yourself. Choice. Responsibility.
25:50 Seneca's "If you wish to be loved, love." Love.
31:50 The quintessential female burden with regards being loved, to matter 31:52 The gender issue. Stoicism and the female experience. Refinement. Feelings. The messiness of life.
40:29 Important for females to have a loud voice within Stoicism, philosophy generally, and within the world because in touch with the fragility of everything.
42:12 I talk about Seneca's letter to Lucilius on anger and about why we don't learn Stoicism once and for all but instead keep having to work on it.
45:33 Sharon asks me "What do you think Stoicism is for?"
46:43 Rumination and writing practice
48:03 I ask Sharon "What do you think Stoicism is for?
49:03 The fundamental problem of being a human being - no evident meaning. And Stoicism's invitation.
51:10 My story about choosing philosophy.
51:12 Falling in love with Marcus Aurelius's Stoicism, via Pierre Hadot and Gregory Hays. And beginning a discussion of creativity.
55:33 Creativity & Stoicism, Piotr Stankiewicz's book & Sharon talks about duty
58:49 For Sharon, the link between Stoicism and creativity is "Duty."
1:02:01 Sharon plays music!
1:05:00 Sharon continues her thoughts on a duty to create, to make, to use the media we are given.
1:06:00 Thanks and endnotes
1:09:00 Hugs, goodbyes, and musical outro .
Sharon Lebell .
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Monday Apr 19, 2021

[Teaser trailer]
We meet in a flourishing virtual café. We chat about life, love, work, play, the universe, and Stoicism.
In this podcast, writer, educator, and gentle, joyful Stoic, Kathryn Koromilas chats with leading Stoics and the Stoic curious.
The vibe
A flourishing virtual café.
The rules
Personal tangents are encouraged and celebrated!
The focus
From flow to flourish: The Stoic concept of flow, of living in agreement with nature, as a way of flourishing in life.
The guests
As co-organiser of the first-ever Stoicism conference celebrating women, Practical Paths to Flourishing, I am excited to chat with our inspirational Stoic speakers who will take part on June 5, 2021. For more information, visit
The acknowledgements
Thanks to Donald Robertson, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, for the encouragement to start this.
The host
Hi, I'm Kathryn Koromilas. I'm a creative writer, a teacher & a gentle, joyful Stoic!
I'll help you reignite your creativity, reimagine your purpose, & use ancient wisdom to thrive.
I am a creativity and curiosity coach and my work is founded on the principles of Stoic philosophy, positive psychology, vegan living, joyful play, and the importance of narrative in shaping identity, clarifying purpose, and achieving happiness in the present moment.
Contact me for a bespoke play date.



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