The Wayfinding Way is to approach everything with intention and care for community.
This past Sunday, our second annual Wayfinder Weekend came to a close. We had over 60 incredible people from all over the country join us to refresh their purpose, learn new skills, and grow their community. Together, we spent three days learning, teaching, exploring, serving, and stretching -- together.
As you might expect, Wayfinding believes that events like these should be done in the Wayfinding Way. A way that focuses on hand crafting and personalizing experience, that puts high value on deep, authentic connections, and that weaves college and community together.
So, we wanted to share with you a little more on these three elements of every Wayfinding event:
1. Personalized, Handcrafted Experiences
We know that one size does not fit all. Our two-year curriculum puts great emphasis on giving students opportunities to delve into the experiences that will most benefit them. Therefore, we structured Wayfinder Weekend to provide a similar experience for attendees. Attendees shared a few common experiences, but then had several opportunities to choose the experiences that would let them learn and stretch in the way that worked best for them. We also gave attendees the option to sit down with an expert for a 30-minute mentoring session to talk about what their next steps might be and how they could get there.
2. Authentic Connections
Many events give lots of opportunities for people to get to know one another on a surface level. However, we believe that it's important to go beyond the small talk and dig into what makes people come alive. To this end, all participants were part of a Guide group where they delved into deep conversation four times throughout the weekend. Additionally, our mini Labs and classes provided interactive experiences for conversations that pushed participants to ask the hard questions of who they are, what they wanted to do in the world, and how they were going to get there.
3. Weaving College and Community Together
Our participants were an amazing blend of current students, prospective students, parents, and community members. This group spent the weekend sharing their skills and talents with one another. Each person had the opportunity to learn from someone else, regardless of age, number of degrees, or GPA. Additionally, we pulled in our local St. Johns community members and small businesses to teach mini Labs, create mini Learn and Explore trips, and provide incredible food.
We're so grateful to everyone who joined us for Wayfinder Weekend 2017!