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Learn and Explore trips are opportunities for Wayfinding Academy students and close supporters to engage in a multi-day experience. Each trip will include learning components and a chance for participants to stretch.

Learn and Explore trips take place during the three months that our students are on break from classes -- April, August, and December. Our current trips openings include:

Scroll down to learn more about each trip and to register to join us!  

You can view a full list of sold out and/or completed trips at the bottom of this page. 

Wayfinding Academy students, crew, faculty, board members, and Luminaries have the first opportunity to sign up for a Learn and Explore trip. Then, if there is still additional space, the trip may be opened up to the general community. Students, crew, faculty, board members, and Luminaries may propose Learn and Explore trips a few times each year. This community then votes on which ones they most want to see happen! 

Our students, crew, faculty, board members, and Luminaries are an engaged group and excited about these trips. Our first trip to walk the Camino de Santiago sold out quickly and before we opened it to the public. Therefore, if you want to make sure you don't miss the chance to join us on one of these trips of a lifetime, click below to become a Luminary now! 

 
 
 

 

Where? 

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua 

When?

Wednesday, July 26th - Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 

What will we be doing? 

Come spend two weeks on the beach in the south of Nicaragua based out of the Casa Oro Hostel. We will be picked up from the airport and brought to Casa Oro which will host us while we learn, work, and have free time to play and enjoy this beautiful Central American country. Attendees will participate in building sustainable structures for the local community, learn organic farming, practice their Spanish (or learn it for the first time), and enjoy a variety of very fun activities including (but not limited to) taking yoga classes, surf lessons, snorkeling, riding a zip line, and/or going horseback riding.

Planned Itinerary:

  • July 26th - Arrive in San Juan del Sur, travel to Casa Oro, and meet your fellow participants
  • July 27th -
    • 7:30am - Breakfast
    • 9-12pm - Assist our hosts with a collaborative project that gives back to the community (potentially working on a community garden) 
    • 12-1pm  - Lunch 
    • 1-6pm - Zip-lining
    • 6pm - Dinner and free time
  • July 28th- . 
    • 7:30am - Breakfast
    • 9-12pm - Assist our hosts with a collaborative project that gives back to the community (potentially working on a community garden) 
    • 12-1pm  - Lunch 
    • 1-6pm - Catamaran Adventure 
    • 6pm - Dinner and free time
  • July 29th and 30th - Free Days – participants encouraged to make plans together  & pursue things that pique their interest
  • July 31 - August 4th - 
    • 7:30am - Breakfast
    • 9-12pm - Assist our hosts with a collaborative project that gives back to the community (potentially working on a community garden) 
    • 12-1pm  - Lunch 
    • 1-6pm - Afternoon adventures -- Participants will choose one activity each day to participate in as a group (options include horseback riding, yoga classes, surf lessons, clear bottom boat fishing, horseback riding, spearfishing, visiting neighboring towns/beaches, or other activities as available)
    • 6pm - Dinner and free time
  • August 5th - 7th - Free Days – participants encouraged to make plans together  & pursue things that pique their interest
  • August 8th - Return to Portland or go to your next travel destination 

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE TRIP?

There is a cap of fourteen people (thirteen plus a trip leader) on this trip. Registration is first come, first served. The trip will be canceled if less than 5 people have signed up by the registration deadline of May 26th. 

What does it cost? 

  • Costs:
    • Students: $1,050/person plus airfare
    • Luminaries, board, faculty, crew members: $1,150/person plus airfare
    • Community members: $1,250/person plus airfare
    • Costs may decrease slightly if the trip sells out 
  • What's included?
    • Housing for thirteen nights (nights of July 26th - August 7th) in a dorm room. Bathroom and showers are shared. Private rooms are available for $25-$55/night additional (depending on what you'd like to add)
    • Breakfast at the hostel each morning (July 27th - August 8th) 
    • Lunch and dinner each day, up to $20/day (evening of July 26th - evening of August 7th, most lunches and dinners are $5-$15)  
    • Airport shuttle from Managua airport (main international airport in Nicaragua) to Casa Oro and back 
    • Activities (including the zip-lining and catamaran adventure as well as the afternoon adventures July 31st-August 4th)
    • Wifi in the hostel 
  • What's not included? 
    • Airfare to and from Nicaragua 
    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it. 
    • Spending money for the trip (additional activities, specialized gear, etc). We recommend $150 for free weekend activities. 
    • Personal gear  

How do I sign up? 

Registration is first come, first served. Once the spots are filled the trip will close. If you're ready to join us follow the instructions below. If you have more questions, feel free to each out to Tina Hart, Director of Campus Activities, at tina@wayfindingacademy.org. 

Students, faculty, crew, board members, and Luminaries: 

You have first priority access to sign up for Learn and Explore trips. If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. A deposit of $150 is due to hold your spot. The priority deadline ends March 15th and registration will close May 20th. Final payment will be due May 25th. Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place. 

General Wayfinding Academy community supporters:

You will have the opportunity to sign up for this trip starting March 15th if there is space available. Alternatively, become a Luminary now to ensure your spot! Registration will close May 20th. Final payment will be due May 25th. Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place. 

 
 

Questions? Need more information? Contact Tina Hart, Director of Campus Activities, at tina@wayfindingacademy.org or 315-663-7191. 


Closed and Past Trips: 

Camino de Santiago: April 2017

Camino De santiago: April 2017

Where?

Spain - Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage via either the Via de la Plata route OR the Camino Portuguese 

WHEN?

Monday, April 10th - Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 

What will we be doing? 

The Camino de Santiago in an ancient traditional Catholic pilgrimage to the burial site of St. James in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. There are multiple routes from nearby countries that all lead to the same destination with the Camino Frances being the most commonly traveled one. In present days, most pilgrims travel for personal or spiritual reasons, not for religious reasons and while the route passes by many churches, it is mostly a secular experience. Each year thousands of pilgrims walk (or bike or ride horses) one of the paths and as they travel, they stay in pilgrim’s hostels called albergues and share meals and conversation with their fellow pilgrims. To walk one of the paths in full takes about 40 days. On this trip two groups will set out along two different paths, and will meet at Santiago de Compostela.

Option one: Via de la Plata Route

A well marked, beautiful, peaceful, and solitary route walked by about 3.5% of pilgrims. It provides an almost continual reminder of the multi-century presence of the Romans on the Iberian Peninsula through Romanesque churches, cathedrals, art, and architecture along the way. We will start in the UNESCO-listed city of Zamora before entering the green and remote mountains of Galicia, and will pass thermal springs, peaceful forests, charming hamlets, and lush rolling hills with outstanding views on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Option two: Camino Portugués Route

On the Camino Portugués, we’ll have the unique opportunity to experience two different countries and cultures. Starting out in Coimbra, Portugal, we will walk north towards Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Walking through the beautiful and varying landscapes of Portugal and Spain on ancient tracks and cobblestones, along the coast and on the beach, though pretty woodlands, lush farmlands, interesting villages and historical cities. The Camino Portugués the second most popular of the Camino routes but still has only 14% of the total pilgrims, which will give us the opportunity to experience the special community aspect of the Camino without feeling overcrowded. 

On both trips our accommodations will be albergues along the way and we will begin and end each day together with our group, but each person will be able to walk at their own pace.

Planned Itinerary:

  • April 10th - Arrive in Zamora or Coimbra, meet the rest of the participants, and prepare to start walking
  • April 11th - April 25th - Walk the Via de la Plata from Zamora or the Camino Portugués from Coimbra to Santiago de Compostela.
  • April 25th and 26th - Stay in Santiago de Compostela to learn about the history of the city, the pilgrimage, and attend the pilgrim's mass at the cathedral where St. James is buried and learn about customs and traditions built into that ceremony. 
  • April 26th or 27th - Depart Santiago for your next travel destination or home

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. However, participants should be prepared to walk between 15-20 miles a day generally on a paved or dirt road carrying a 15-20 lb. backpack. 

How many people will be on the trip?

There is a cap of ten people (nine plus a trip leader) on each trip. Registration is first come, first served. 

What does it cost? 

  • Maximum cost: $775/person plus airfare
    • Costs may decrease slightly depending on number of sign ups
  • What's included?
    • Housing for seventeen nights (nights of April 10th - April 26th) 
    • Meals while walking (for 15 days - April 11th - 25th) plus 5-6 additional meals at your starting city and in Santiago
    • Logistical planning 
  • What's not included? 
    • Airfare to and from Spain
    • Transportation from Madrid to your starting location (approx. $20-$40) and from Santiago to your next destination (from Santiago to Madrid is about $30-$80)
    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it. 
    • Spending money for the trip. We recommend $40-$50. 
    • Personal gear including a pair of sturdy hiking shoes/trail running shoes, a sleeping bag/sheet & blanket, and a hiking backpack.

How do I sign up? 

Registration is first come, first served. Once the spots are filled the trip will close. If you're ready to join us follow the instructions below. If you have more questions, feel free to each out to Tina Hart, Director of Campus Activities, at tina@wayfindingacademy.org. 

If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. A deposit of $100 is due to hold your spot. Registration for this trip will close February 10th. Full payment will be due by February 20th. Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place.