Albert K. Smiley’s late 19th century vision that
Eminent men and women shall meet at Mohonk to discuss great national and international questions that pertain to the betterment of the world…
… became Keith Smiley’s late 20th century mission for Mohonk Consultations
To bring people of diverse perspectives to Mohonk to discuss practical means to sustain the Earth’s resources, including people.
Mohonk Consultations’ programs — Forums, Conferences and Distinguished Achievement Awards — engage our regional communities in dialogue and plans of action on pressing environmental and social issues vital to the Hudson River Valley which are often reflected in national and global challenges. Gatherings have served to galvanize and educate people, many times resulting in productive and ongoing initiatives, such as a model farm and a watershed alliance.
To widen the base of citizen engagement, program participants come from a range of sectors and backgrounds including representatives from local government, community organizations, higher education, business, and the interested public. This diversity and the opportunity to exchange ideas from a range of viewpoints and experiences enrich the dialogue and the potential for practical response. Over the years, programs have addressed topics such as fresh water protection; global climate change; farming and food security; environmental values; and human conflicts and their ties to social, economic and environmental issues.
The historic Mohonk Mountain House Parlor usually serves as the meeting place for Forums and Achievement Awards. Full-day conferences ordinarily meet in the Mountain House Conference Center.