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A LIFE ON PURPOSE IS ALWAYS IN PROGRESS


COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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A LIFE ON PURPOSE IS ALWAYS IN PROGRESS


COMMUNITY EDUCATION

 
 

“I wish Wayfinding Academy existed when I was younger!”

Is that what you thought when you learned about Wayfinding Academy? Don’t fret--there’s no need to rewind time to learn with us.

We believe that college-level learning doesn’t need to be confined to those few years after high school. Because of that, we created two programs—Labs and Wayfinder Weekend—for lifelong learners who want to expand their knowledge, skills, and network without becoming a full-time student.

Labs and Wayfinder Weekend are available to everyone, not just to students. It’s our way of weaving college and community together and making the Wayfinding experience available to all.

 
 
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LIFELONG LEARNING = LIFELONG GROWTH


LABS

LIFELONG LEARNING = LIFELONG GROWTH


LABS

 
 

Living life on purpose means not staying stagnant--it’s about stretching your edges, learning new skills, and building on existing knowledge. Wayfinding Labs help you do just that. These 12-hour courses are where our community and college meet to nurture your constant growth. 

There are no anonymous lecture halls here. Instead, expert Lab leaders teach the “Wayfinding Way” in small group settings designed for lots of discussion and interaction. Learners of all ages join our full-time students for a rich mix of perspectives.

Labs are 12-hour workshops that offer the chance to dive into a specific subject over the course of a weekend or several weeknights.

 

The added bonus:
By registering for a Lab, you are contributing to a new model of community-supported education. 
 

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Not local to Portland? We’re not able to offer Labs online at this time, but consider coming in for Wayfinder Weekend!


A community I’d like a future with.
— Dan Scofield, Lab Attendee

Labs we offered in the 2016-2017 school year included: 

 
 
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REFRESH YOUR PURPOSE, TRY OUT NEW SKILLS, AND CONNECT WITH A COMMUNITY


WAYFINDER WEEKEND

REFRESH YOUR PURPOSE, TRY OUT NEW SKILLS, AND CONNECT WITH A COMMUNITY


WAYFINDER WEEKEND

 
 

Thank you to everyone who attended Wayfinder Weekend 2017! We look forward to continuing to connect with you in the future. If you're new to Wayfinder Weekend, you can learn a bit about what happened at this year's event below. We'll add information about Wayfinder Weekend 2018 later this year.


Wayfinder Weekend

March 31-April 2, 2017
Wayfinding Academy HQ, Portland, Oregon

 

One of the best things about college is that it’s a socially accepted time to reflect on what you want to do with your life. 

But a life on purpose is a life in progress; it entails continual growth and review. Big picture thinking doesn’t have to be confined to the short window of time right after high school–we want to inspire people to do this on the regular.

So, whether you’ve worked for 30 years or three, we invite you to Wayfinder Weekend: it’s a chance to refresh your purpose, try out new skills, and connect with a community ready to support you on your path.

Want to learn more? 

Check out the 6 elements of Wayfinder Weekend and see our tentative schedule

AND

Build on Wayfinder Weekend with year-round learning at our Labs.

 
A weekend to explore new ideas, meet new people, and plan how to take action on what I really want to do with my life.
 
 
 

 

The 6 elements of Wayfinder Weekend

We’ve taken the 6 elements that make up our 2-year program and restructured them for a 2-day, transformative educational experience (you know, like the one you’ve always wanted). 

Here’s what you can expect:

1. Core Curriculum

Become a wiser, kinder, more creative human with keynote talks that give you a taste of our core curriculum that will help anyone on any path

2. Unconference-style Mini Labs

Tease your curiosity with workshops on specific topics led by veteran Lab leaders, Wayfinding faculty, and even YOU

3. Wayfinding Guides 

Navigate the ‘choose your own adventure’ style weekend with the help of your Guide, and get to juicy conversations faster in small, introvert-friendly Guide Groups curated based on your interests

4. Real World Experiences

Solve problems that keep you up at night in one-on-one mentor sessions or stretch your empathy capacity on a field trip

5. Learn and explore trips

Travel off campus with us via mini excursions to interesting, unique, and exciting local hotspots where you'll learn something new while also exploring the area

6. PORTFOLIO PIECE

Show the world who you are and what you can do by capturing a new skill, realization, or achievement you made during the weekend

***Plus, we’ll throw in a few surprises to delight you along the way.***

You’ll leave with a refreshed purpose, clear next steps, and a network of the most supportive people we know to help you in taking them.

Inspiration of the highest order.


Wayfinder Weekend Planned Schedule: 

(Please note, this is a tentative schedule. Order of activities and exact timing subject to change. However, the start time on Friday and end time on Sunday are firm.) 

Friday: 

3:00pm: Registration begins
4:00pm: Wayfinder Weekend kicks off with a mini orientation experience
5:00pm: A welcome from our founder and president Michelle Jones
5:30pm: First meeting with your Guide group of 5-10 people
6:45pm: Dinner (provided by Wayfinding Academy) and conversation
7:45pm: Wayfinding 101 mini class led by faculty member Sean Aiken
9:15pm: Possible, optional evening activities (TBD) 

Saturday:

8:00am: Breakfast (provided by Wayfinding Academy) and conversation
9:00am: Second Guide group meeting
10:15am: Morning activity option 1 (participants choose between 3-5 options) 
11:30am: Morning activity option 2 (participants choose between 3-5 options) 
12:30pm: Lunch (provided by Wayfinding Academy) and conversation
1:30pm: Science, Technology, and Society mini class led by faculty member Nick Caleb
2:45pm: Afternoon activity option 1 (participants choose between 3-5 options) 
4pm: Afternoon activity option 2 (participants choose between 3-5 options) 
5:15pm: Third Guide group meeting
6:30pm: Dinner on your own or with other Wayfinding Academy participants (we will suggest locations!)
8:15pm: Possible, optional evening activities (TBD) 

Sunday:

8:00am: Breakfast (provided by Wayfinding Academy) and conversation
9:00am: Morning activity (participants choose between 3-5 options) 
10:45am: The Good Life mini class led by faculty member Emily Zionts
12:15pm: Lunch (provided by Wayfinding Academy) and conversation
1:15pm: Fourth and final Guide group meeting
2:45pm: Next steps and intentional closing
4:00pm: End of 2nd annual Wayfinder Weekend

A reawakening of passion and intent in how to express it in the world.

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Supporting Sponsors

 
 

Think you might be a good fit sponsor Wayfinder Weekend? Let us know, and we'll set something up!