Henry Thoreau-Transcendentalist & Minimalist

Dear Friends
July 12 2017 marked 200 years since the birth of modern-philosopher and author,Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau, a member of the unnofficial Transcendentalist Movement in Concord Massachusetts, during the mid to late 1800s, believed in a contented solitary life amongst the wilderness of nature; he also introduced the first modern concept of minimalism, living with less.

Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ (or ‘Life in the Woods’), about living simply in a natural environment,was first published in 1854.

Walden Pond

A side-note for you Dear Readers :the word ‘wald’ is German for forest/woods. German Poets and natural philosophers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,had an influential impact on the future Transcendentalst Movement.

In 1845 on July 4, Thoreau began his two-year experiment of living a simple and solitary life in a cabin he had built on land surrounding Walden Pond.

I’d like to believe that Thoreau was the quintessential instigator of the modern-nomadic lifestyle.

Blessings onyx.natasha🌸

Replica of Thoreau’s cabin & statuette of Thoreau at Walden Pond


  1. Thoreau was filled with wisdom. One of his quotes, “It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see,” resonates with me because it tells me to see things with my heart as well as my eyes. Thank you for your post. Ray

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