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. All current Labs are listed below.
with Jolie Guillebeau
Mondays: May 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 6:30-9:30pm
Without a clear understanding of yourself, your motivations, your relationships and your values, it’s impossible to create a life that matters, or even make a decision without doubt. Goethe wrote, “Trust yourself. Then you will know how to live.” Over four weeks, we’ll talk about what got you here, what brings you joy and what you want in your future. By understanding yourself, understanding your relationships, and understanding your world, you’ll have the tools to make clear decisions and the resources to act clearly. Using art making, writing prompts, and in class exercises to clarify your values and goals, we’ll work together to create a specific personal plan for your own self-care that will guide your decision making far into the future. No art experience required!
with Jefferson Smith, Tim Marcroft, and Bjarke Kronborg of the Wayfinding Academy
Thursdays: May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6:30-9:30pm
Join our three Lab leaders who have worked on three of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Portland history including a radio station (which raised $103,762), a park (which raised $123,880), and a new kind of college (which raised $206,451). Bring an idea that you want to get crowdfunded and you'll receive personalized attention to sharpen your plans and improve your execution. You’ll leave with a primer on grassroots fundraising, a timeline template for your campaign (counting backwards from launch), and personalized next steps and tips for improving your odds and increasing the amount you raise.
Saturdays: June 24th, 9:00am - 4:00pm &
July 8th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
So you think you might want to start a podcast? In this Wayfinding lab, you’ll explore aspects of podcasting all the way from what’s needed to create one and if podcasting is the right fit for you, to how to stand out in a sea of noise and develop a tribe of raving audiophile fans. You’ll learn how and why to employ the essential ingredient of storytelling in your show, and how a variety of marketing ideas will enable you to rise above the rest. Even if you ultimately decide not to do a podcast, you’ll walk away with tools to help you more effectively get your message out into the world, no matter your platform.
with Jedd and Michelle Chang of Intentional Travelers
This Lab is currently postponed due to a family emergency. Jedd & Michelle will be teaching this Lab at a later date. We'll share more once we have additional information!
What is holding you back from living the life you’ve always wanted for yourself? Is it money? Is it the lack of a plan or creative ideas? For the last four years Jedd and Michelle Chang have been living as digital nomads; traveling, living, and working from around the world. From visiting over 15+ countries (with mostly-free international flights) to not paying a single dollar of rent when they are back in the states, all while living off of a combined budget of $18,000 a year. Find out how you, too, can live your dream life now instead of waiting to do so after ‘retirement’ - and without breaking the bank. In this Lab, you’ll learn how to identify and prioritize the things in life that are most important to you, how to create a plan (financial and otherwise) to work towards your dreams, and discover unconventional “life hacks” for life, work, and travel. Get inspired to leverage out-of-the-box thinking and intentionality to accomplish your life goals.
The added bonus:
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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!
Past Labs we've offered include:
with Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing
Wednesdays: January 25th, February 1st and 15th, and March 1st from 6:30-9:30pm
This lab will help people overcome procrastination, analysis paralysis, and choice overwhelm by discussing key topics in visioning, goal-setting, prioritization, planning, time management, and productivity. The course is especially geared towards creatives, changemakers, and visionaries with big ideas who want to match those big ideas with consistent implementation.
We don’t flourish merely by thinking and dreaming - we flourish by converting ideas and intentions into action and finishing the stuff that matters. But to do meaningful things in the world, we need to start by understanding what matters to ourselves. This lab starts by helping you identify your values, priorities, and themes and ends with practical skills and tips to help you become more productive, intentional, and successful members of their communities.
with Bjarke Kronborg of Where's My Spark
Thursdays: February 2nd & 16th and
March 16th & 30th from 6:30-9:30pm
Use games to help save the world! Participants in this Lab will choose a social justice area they would like to address. From there, you’ll team up around your social justice topics and develop a game to address at least one element. For example you might focus on raising awareness, changing behavior, or identifying strategies to solve regional issues. Through your game you’ll develop multiple different mechanics to address that element while learning about game thinking, methods, and concepts, psychology, motivation, fun and engagement.
with Angela Owusu-Ansah
Friday, March 3rd from 6-10pm &
Saturday, March 4th from 9-5pm
The Lab will provide experiences for questioning, creative thinking, and innovative actions. The Lab will be conducted using a series of questions (socratic questioning, posing essential questions, using scientific inquiry, etc.) to model and teach participants different ways to ask good questions. During the Lab, participants will find that there are systems to question, undergo exercises to develop creative thinking, be given opportunities to use creative thinking, and afforded a chance to uncover innovative approaches that are simple, but powerful.
with Douglas Tsoi of the Portland Underground Graduate School
Saturday, March 18th from 9-4:30pm &
Saturday, March 25th from 9-4:30pm
There is only one person responsible for your financial health: you. Become the CFO for your life. In this course, we'll talk about the seven levels of financial maturity, from financial dependence or living paycheck to paycheck, to saving minimally and lastly, having financial freedom. Most people live their lives unconscious about money and because of that, live in financial fragility. We'll explore the influence the hidden assumptions of consumption and debt in our capitalist system and help you reclaim ownership of how you spend your time + your energy. Once achieved, financial independence gives you the chance to live a fully honest and authentic life.
with Gina Lorubbio of American Heirloom Project
Offered October 2016
Connect with ancient wisdom and your own intuition to eat, cook, and live well. Discover the unchartered territory of your local food system through cooking challenges, guests speakers, and maybe even a field trip. You’ll learn how to find beauty in food and share it with others through a medium of your choice (writing, photography, video, drawing, and more). You’ll leave with motivation and tools to integrate good food into your everyday life.
with Stephanie Zito of Travel Hacking Cartel
Offered October 2016 & January 2017
Travel can be free or low-cost, but you have to know how. That’s where this Lab comes in—we’ll help you figure out to take fantastic trips anywhere in the world for (almost!) free.
with Jefferson Smith of XRAY.FM
Offered November 2016
Join Jefferson Smith for a mini Lab about how to start something new. He'll share lessons learned from years of helping small startups succeed and provide real examples from the Portland community.