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Wabi-Sabi Living

Two Japanese words are joined to convey a certain look, feeling and world perspective.

“Wabi” means simplicity, humility and living in tune with nature. It describes someone who is content with little and who makes the most of whatever is at hand – always moving toward having less.

“Sabi”, on the other hand, refers to what happens with the passing of time. It’s about transience and the beauty and authenticity of age. Practicing sabi is learning to accept the natural cycle of growth and decay, as well as embracing the imperfections that come with this progression.

Together, wabi and sabi form a feeling that finds harmony and serenity in what is uncomplicated, unassuming, mysterious and fleeting.


The image of a farmer balancing two baskets
on a yoke across his shoulders.

How does one embrace the inevitability
of decline and old age?
By simplifying until there is nothing left.
By eliminating expectations so that nothing is wanting.
The superior man dies broke having given his all in the end.


nothing lasts,
nothing is finished and
nothing is perfect.


Maine Coast Men weekend 55

at Tanglewood 4H Camp, Lincolnville, Maine

the weekend of October 13, 14 & 15, 2017

Come explore what wabi-sabi living might look like in your life.

On a good weekend we have about 2000 years of experience and wisdom present! Surely one reason we come to Maine Coast Men weekends is to gain as well as to share wisdom, insights and passions with each other.

So this weekend, let’s share (at least one) significant part of our collective wisdom and passion in this way: Let’s have every participant bring a item of value from their past that has a story they can share that they are also willing to donate to our first MCM auction. Immediately prior to each item being auctioned off at various times during the weekend, the story behind the item must be told by the donor.

In this way we can share a meaningful part of our lives with the other men at the weekend. So, when preparing to come for the weekend, plan to bring an item and the story behind it (auction-able value at least $10) from your past that you are happy to donate to this MCM Wisdom Sharing Project for this upcoming spring weekend.

The proceeds from this weekend auction will go to making sure that MCM remains financially solvent for the foreseeable future as well as allowing us to provide scholarships to men who need them. And to make participation in the auction easy and available to us all, we will provide every man with 10 MCM dollars so that everyone can participate in the auction.

Put the dates on your calendar: May 5, 6 and 7. 

More will be revealed.  Stay tuned.