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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. We also offer mini Learn and Explore trips that take place throughout the year. 

For our full scale Learn and Explore trips, Wayfinding Academy students, crew, faculty, board members, and Luminaries have the first opportunity to sign up. Then, if there is still additional space, the trip may be opened up to the general community. For our mini trips, sign ups are first come, first served! 

Our students, crew, faculty, board members, and Luminaries are an engaged group and excited about these trips. Our first trip full scale 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! 

 
 

Current Trips:

We have one international trip currently available! We'll be traveling back to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago in April 2018. Other regional or local trips may also be added throughout the year!

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Where?

Spain - Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage (route TBD)

WHEN?

Monday, April 9th - Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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. Last April (2017) Wayfinding brought two groups to Spain to set out on two different paths (Via de la Plata from Zamora and the Camino Portugués from Coimbra) finishing together in Santiago de Compostela. This year our route is TBD but we will again finish in Santiago. The number of routes is currently undetermined. 

TENTATIVE Itinerary:

  • April 9th - Arrive at your starting location, meet your fellow pilgrims, and prepare to start walking
  • April 10th - April 23rd - Walk from your starting location to Santiago de Compostela.
  • April 24th - Arrive in Santiago de Compostela and 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 25th - 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). Registration is first come, first served. 

What does it cost? 

  • Estimated Costs:
    • Students$800 (scholarships available!) 
    • Luminaries, Board, Crew$900
    • Community Members$1,000
      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the absolute minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation.
      • Costs to be finalized by December 2017. Estimates are based on costs from 2017. 
  • What's included?
    • Housing for sixteen nights (nights of April 9th - April 24th) 
    • Meals while walking (April 10th - 23rd) plus dinner at your starting city and on the 24th in Santiago
    • Logistical planning 
  • What's not included? 
    • Airfare to and from Spain
    • Transportation from the airport to your starting location (approx. $20-$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.

Students -- We are offering three $500 scholarships for this trip. To apply click here!! The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 10, 2017. 

How do I sign up? 

Our Camino trip has sold out once again! Therefore, we are again considering opening a second trip with a group to walk a second route. If you're interested, please click on the big green button below to add your name to the waitlist. If have sufficient interest we'll plan to do two routes.

Registration will be open until Feb 10th or until the trip sells out, whichever comes first. 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 nonrefundable deposit of $150 is due to hold your spot. 

Registration for this trip will close February 10th and full payment will be due by that time. 

Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place. 


Closed and Past Trips: 

Ghana: December 2018

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WHERE?

Accra, Ghana and the surronding areas

WHEN?

Monday, December 18th - Saturday, December 23rd  

What will we be doing? 

Join us for our first Learn and Explore trip in Africa! Head to Ghana to experience and learn about the intersection of African and Western Culture, a desire to maintain identity, and a desire to be part of the larger global community. We have SO MUCH packed into your days in Ghana - it's sure to be an unforgettable experience. Each day there are multiple activities planned including tours, lectures, local food tastings, markets, animal and nature experiences, and more! 

Planned Itinerary:

  • December 18th: Arrive no later than 10am and check into the University of Ghana Guest House in Accra, the capital of Ghana. We'll eat lunch together and then head out on a bus tour of the university and Accra. Then head to see a Ghanaian school to donate books. That evening we'll enjoy dinner together. You'll also be fitted for traditional African outfits. We'll close the day by attending an Ebo Whyte (native Ghanaian poet, literary historian, and photographer) play. 
  • December 19th: We'll start the day with a catered breakfast and then listen to a lecture on contemporary Ghana from a university professor. Later in the morning we'll travel to Aburi and enjoy a picnic lunch in the Aburi Gardens. We'll visit the Akosombo Dam and then make a stop at the Shai Hills Monkey Sanctuary before returning to Accra. We'll close the day with dinner at the Roots (a Ghanaian restaurant).
  • December 20th: We'll start today with breakfast at the University Guest House and then head out to Cape Coast. We'll check in to Coconut Grove and then either visit Castle Elmina or head to Cape Coast. We'll dine together for lunch at Coconut Grove and spend some time discussing African literature with a lecturer or author. In the late afternoon we'll have time to hit the beach before dinner and free time. 
  • December 21st: This morning breakfast will be at the Coconut Grove Hotel. We'll then checkout and head to Kakum National Park where we'll do a special canopy walk. Kakum National Park protects an area of rainforest, home to endangered mammals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes, and primates like the Diana monkey. The Canopy Walkway, suspended 30 meters above the ground, provides treetop views of the forest. We'll enjoy lunch at the Crocodile Pool restaurant. In the afternoon we'll drive back to Accra for arranged African drumming and dancing on campus. We'll finish today with dinner at University Guest House.
  • December 22nd: This is our final day of activities together. We'll start with breakfast at University Guest House and then get our African outfits delivered. You'll experience Mokola Market, a renowned market place and shopping district in the center of the city. We'll then head to the Kwame Nkrumah museum as well as the Accra Crafts Center. We'll hopefully end the trip with a theater performance or dinner and music place. Spend the evening packing and getting ready to depart.
  • December 23rd: Participants head to the airport to return home or to the next part of their own adventures. 

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. Our trip leader Angela Owusu-Ansah is from Ghana and will be leading the trip. More on Angela: 

Angela Owusu-Ansah is an Associate Professor of Doctoral Studies, Concordia University, a Faculty Chair of dissertation research, a national commissioner for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in higher education, and a Concordia University Innovation Fellow (2016-2017). She served as the Associate Dean for Research and Development under the Faculty Administrative Fellow, Assistant to the President and Director of the Center for Access & Success at Elon University. She was the Associate Dean of the School of Education, Elon University, where she was also Director of Masters Programs, Coordinator of Unit Assessment-Accreditation, Licensure Officer, and Chair of Teacher Education Programs. Prior to that she served as Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Samford University, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education. She was the editor of The Educational Collaborative journal and she reviews journals such as The Educational Forum, Kappa Delta Pi. She was educated in Ghana (BA in psychology with sociology), Spain (MS in International Educational Administration, and certificate in TESOL), America (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Quantitative Research Methods and Instructional Technology), with a residency at Oxford University, UK. She teaches quantitative research methods, assessment, higher education administration, and a course in creativity, inquiry, and innovation. She also supervises the dissertation work of doctoral students. Her research interests include assessment of quantitative literacy, educator preparation provision, and intercultural competence. Her hobbies are painting with acrylic on stretched canvas and playing basketball. She has family she adores and cherishes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, London, and Ghana.

How many people will be on the trip?

There is a cap of eight people. Registration is first come, first served. 

What does it cost? 

  • Costs:
    • Students: $1,000 (scholarships available!) 
    • Luminaries, Board, Crew$1,100
    • Community Members$1,250
      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the absolute minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation. 
  • What's included?
    • Ground transportation to activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary
    • All activities and entrance fees as described in the itinerary above
      • Note: Itinerary is subject to change under trip leader's discretion
    • Housing for 5 nights (evenings of Dec 18th - Dec 22nd) 
    • Breakfasts, lunch, and dinner (starting with lunch on Dec. 18th and finishing with dinner on Dec 22nd)
    • Logistical planning 
  • What's not included? 
    • Airfare to and from Accra (Kotoka International Airport is the main airport) 
    • Ground transportation from the airport to University of Ghana Guest House
    • Visa ($60) and passport (if needed, passport must extend 6 months beyond trip end date) 
    • Yellow Fever vaccination (required) and other vaccinations as needed/wanted
    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it. 
    • Spending money for souvenirs

Students -- We are offering three $500 scholarships for this trip. To apply click here!! The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 10, 2017. 

Wayfinding Lab option for Students:

Any Wayfinding student who attends this trip and completes all assignments and projects may count this Learn and Explore trip as two or three Lab credits. Contact Tina for more information. 

How do I sign up? 

Registration is first come, first served. Trip registration will close Nov. 10th or once the spots are filled, whichever comes first. 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. 

Registration for this trip will close November 10th and full payment will be due by that time. 

If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip

 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: September/October 2017

WHERE?

Ashland, Oregon: Oregon Shakespeare Festival  

WHEN?

Friday, September 29th - Sunday, October 1st 

What will we be doing? 

Join a super rad group of people as we spend the last weekend of September at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We will attend three performances (Julius Caesar, Off the Rails, and UniSon), have a backstage tour, explore the city of Ashland, and partake in student led discussions and activities. Some of the major themes we will focus on throughout are power, legacy and the importance of the arts in sparking transformation in both ourselves and the world.

Planned Itinerary:

  • September 29th: Arrive in Ashland and check into Ashland Commons Hostel. We will plan to have dinner together as a group both Friday and Saturday nights. Our first show of the weekend, Julius Caesar, begins at 8:00pm.
  • September 30th: Spend the morning exploring Ashland and participate in student led discussions and activities. Enjoy UniSon at 1:30pm and Off the Rails at 8:00pm.
  • October 1st: Join for a backstage tour at 10:00am and then depart for Portland.

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. 

How many people will be on the trip?

There is a cap of eight people (including a trip leader). Registration is first come, first served. 

What does it cost? 

  • Costs:
    • Students: $239
    • Luminaries, Board, Crew$260
    • Community Members$280 
      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the absolute minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation. 
  • What's included?
    • Three shows & 1 backstage tour
    • Housing for two nights (Sept 29th & Sept 30th) 
    • Breakfast (Sept 30th & Oct 1st)
    • Transportation to Ashland from Portland (and back!)
    • Logistical planning 
  • What's not included? 
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Spending money  

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 Tuesday, Sept 5thFull payment will be due by Tuesday, Sept 5th. 

Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place and secure your housing. 

 

Santa Fe: August 2017

Where?

Santa Fe, New Mexico: Santa Fe Community College  

WHEN?

Sunday, August 6th - Sunday, August 13th 

What will we be doing? 

Join us as we travel down to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a week long intensive learning course in partnership with Santa Fe Community College. We'll spend the week covering sustainable use and production of food, water, and energy in the 21st century. Current and potential food, water, and energy systems will be examined including solar energy, water conservation and operations, alternative fuels, algae cultivation, and controlled environment agriculture. 

Planned Itinerary:

  • August 6th - Arrive in Santa Fe and check into the Santa Fe hostel (your home away from home for the week). We'll plan on doing dinner that night as a group. 
  • August 7th - 11th - Spend the week in a hands-on learning environment focused on sustainability. 
  • August 12th - Spend the day exploring Santa Fe!
  • August 13th - Depart for home. 

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. 

How many people will be on the trip?

There is a cap of twelve people (including a trip leader). Registration is first come, first served. 

What does it cost? 

  • Costs:
    • Students: $417 ($332 paid directly to Wayfinding + an $85 course fee) 
    • Luminaries, Board, Crew$500 ($415 paid directly to Wayfinding + an $85 course fee) 
    • Community Members$575 ($490 paid directly to Wayfinding + an $85 course fee) 
      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation. 
  • What's included?
    • Housing for seven nights (nights of August 6th - August 12th) 
    • Meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, August 6th through breakfast Sunday, August 13th 
    • Course instruction and materials
    • Transportation around Santa Fe
    • Logistical planning 
  • What's not included? 
    • Transportation from your starting location to Santa Fe.
      • Some of those in the Portland area are considering a road trip to get to Santa Fe. If you're interested in driving or riding along, please let us know.  
    • 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 for snacks or to visit tourist sites. 

Wayfinding Lab option for Students:

Any Wayfinding student who attends this trip and completes all assignments and projects may count this Learn and Explore trip as two Lab credits. 

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 $150 is due to hold your spot. Registration for this trip will close July 20thFull payment will be due by July 20th. 

Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place and secure your housing. 

 

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.