Explore with us!

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, alumni, 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. If you want to make sure you don't miss the chance to join us on one of these trips of a lifetime (and attend at a reduced price!) , click below to become a Luminary now! 

 

Sign ups are currently open for:

Camino de santiago pilgrimage (Spain): april 2019

And a mini Learn and Explore trip:

Texas Renaissance Festival: November 2018

Keep scrolling to see all our past trips!


Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage: April 2019

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Where?

Spain - Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

WHEN?

Thursday, April 4th - Saturday, April 20th, 2019

What will we be doing? 

The Camino de Santiago in an ancient traditional Catholic pilgrimage to 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.

For the past two years Wayfinding students, crew, and community members have traveled together on this pilgrimage. In 2018 we walked the Camino de Norte and the Camino Primitivo, while in 2017 we walked the Via de la Plata and the Camino Portugués. Routes for 2019 have not yet been confirmed.

Everyone will arrive in Santiago on April 19th. We recommend that no one makes plans to leave Santiago any earlier than the evening of April 20th and the 21st is better if possible. 

TENTATIVE Itinerary:

  • April 4th - Arrive, meet your fellow pilgrims, and prepare to start walking

  • April 5th - April 19th - Walk from your starting location to Santiago de Compostela.

  • April 19th and 20th - Stay in Santiago de Compostela and learn about the history of the city, the pilgrimage, and attend the pilgrim's mass at the cathedral and learn about customs and traditions built into that ceremony.

  • Evening of April 20th/morning April 21st - 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 On the trip?

There is a cap of eight people (seven plus a trip leader) in each group. We will plan to have two groups each with its own trip leader. Registration is first come, first served. 

What does it cost? 

  • Estimated Costs:

    • Students: $900 (scholarships may be available!)

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $1,000

    • Community Members: $1,100

      • 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 February 2019. Estimates are based on costs from 2018. We anticipate the estimate to the maximum amount anyone would pay.

  • What's included?

    • Housing for sixteen nights (nights of April 4th - April 19th)

    • Meals while walking (April 5th - 18th) plus dinner at your starting city and in Santiago

    • Logistical planning

  • What's not included?

    • Airfare to and from Spain

    • Transportation to and from the airport

    • 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 will be open until Feb 10th or until the trip sells out, whichever comes first. We’ve had very high interest in this trip for the past two years. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to Jean Garcia-Chitwood, Director of Student Services, at jeang@wayfindingacademy.org. 

If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due shortly after you register to hold your spot.

Registration for this trip will close February 10th and full payment for the remaining balance will be due by March 15th. 

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


Texas Renaissance Festival: November 2018

 
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Where?

Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission, Texas (1hr north of Houston) 

WHEN?

Wednesday, November, 21st - Monday, November 26th  

WHO'S LEADING THE TRIP?

Wayfinding cohort 2 student Max Hewitt will be the trip leader for this experience. Max has been going to the Renaissance Festival for years, and is excited to show off all the hidden gems to anyone who would like to join! 

What will we be doing? 

The festival is a place of fun and food with the authentic medieval feel. There are live shows and educational opportunities within the festival. Educational activities include sword fighting, glass blowing, blacksmithing, and art forms. You can see more about the event on their website here

TENTATIVE Itinerary:

  • Thursday, Nov. 22nd - Everyone everyone meet Max at the Renaissance festival, 1 hour north of Houston

  • Friday, Nov. 23rd - Festival beings!

  • Monday, Nov. 26th - Last day of the festival, trip complete! Participants may choose to stay longer or head home!

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip, except a willingness to spend a few days camping while enjoying the festival with new friends!

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE TRIP?

This trip currently has a cap of 15 people.  

What does it cost? 

  • Estimated Costs:

    • $61.95 Festival Weekend Admission (Including Friday)

    • Camping: The Fields of New Market Campground

      • Fees $30 per vehicle or $25 per vehicle booked online

        • Each entrant must also present valid admission ticket to the Festival. Open each Festival weekend from 12 pm Thursday until 12 pm Monday.

  • What's included?

    • Housing/camping for Wed night through Sunday night

    • Entrance fee to the festival including entertainment (the Texas Renaissance Festival offers over 20 stages of live entertainment of all kinds including clowns, jugglers, musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians, and jousters. In addition, you’ll find many performers in the lanes to delight and entertain.)

    • Logistical planning

  • What's not included?

    • Food while on the trip. Participants can work together to split meals/buy groceries and help save money if there's interest. Food prices n the festival range from $2 to $12 and drinks start at $3. All food vendors accept most major credit cards and ATM machines are located at many convenient locations within the village.

    • Transportation

    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it.

    • Extra spending money for the trip. While all entrance fees and tours are covered, we recommend $50 for souvenirs and fun things.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? 

Registration is open for EVERYONE!  If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. A nonrefundable deposit of $25 is due to hold your spot. 

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: 

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Where?

Hong Kong, Macau, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok

WHEN?

Participants will meet in Hong Kong on Friday, Dec. 7th, 2018 and may travel home from Bangkok as soon as Wednesday Dec. 19th 2018.

WHO'S LEADING THE TRIP?

Sigfried Seeliger: Wayfinding Academy Luminary, film geek, foodie, and a curious traveler.

What will we be doing? 

We'll be doing a lot in just a few days. Join us to: 

  • Visit Buddhist temples

  • Understand the history of the region (including the influence of British & Portuguese colonialism)

  • Venture to the countryside of Thailand

  • Learn to cook and eat tasty food

  • See local wildlife

  • Visit Khao Yai National Park

  • View Bangkok's floating markets

  • And much more!

The simple goal is... to open your mind.

TENTATIVE Itinerary:

Hong Kong/Macau:

  • Dec 7th - Participants arrive in Hong Kong, meet up, and make their way to our hostel or Airbnb.

  • Dec 8th - On our first day we'll start off relatively slow. We’ll head to Victoria Peak for a 3 mile hike, check out downtown Hong Kong, and have high tea on the 103rd floor of a hotel.

  • Dec 9th - During the day we'll get a private tour of the influential ShawBros Film Studio. In the evening we'll check out street food, walk the star walk, and have a drink on a floating restaurant.

  • Dec 10th - Visit Lantau island with Tian Tan Buddha (2nd largest copper statue), take a cable car, and check out the Po Lin Monastery.

  • Dec 11th - Take a jet boat over to Portuguese style island of Macau. Visit Our Lady of Penha, Mandarin’s House, Guia Lighthouse, and journey through the cuisine of colliding cultures.

Chiang Mai

  • Dec 12th - Fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Relax, check out the night markets, and visit Wat Chedi (Buddhist temple)

  • Dec 13th - Visit additional temples and markets potentially including Wat Pha Lat (Buddhist temple & monastery) and Was Phra Singh (Buddhist temple).

  • Dec 14th - Take an extended cooking class.

  • Dec 15th - Fly to Bangkok and take a train to the former capitol city of Thailand, Ayutthaya.

Bangkok

  • Dec 16th - Travel from Ayutthaya to Khao Yai National Park for an all-day group tour with hiking, waterfalls, wildlife, and more. Travel to Bangkok in the evening.

  • Dec 17th - Visit the Klong floating market, the Golden Palace, and experience Muay Thai (Thai boxing) in the evening.

  • Dec 18th - Visit Thompson House and then do optional activities for our last day such as shopping, temples, or food.

  • Dec 19th - Depart for your next destination.

Experience needed:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. However, please note there will be quite a bit of time spent on your feet during the trip.  Additionally, the pace of the trip is fast with long days as the norm. We recommend bringing a proper hiking backpack over a rolling suitcase.

Students: This trip can potentially be used to replace a Lab. If you're interested, check in with Tiffany for next steps!

RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) Prep nights:

Save the date! We recommend joining us for the following movie and prep nights. They are open to anyone, but we will be talking about culture and the trip, and of course seeing fun films.

  • Monday, Oct. 8th at 6:30pm: Man with the Golden Gun

  • Monday, Oct. 15th at 6:30pm: Pok Pok chicken wings ($15)

  • Monday, Oct. 22nd at 6:30pm: Citizen Dog

  • Sunday, Nov. 25th at 3:30pm: Shaw Brow Double Feature with dimsum

More information coming soon! 

How many people will BE ON THE TRIP?

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

What does it cost? 

We are still determining exact pricing for this trip. More information will be coming shortly. This is our current best estimate: 

  • Estimated Costs:

    • Students: $1,100 PLUS flights (scholarships may be available!)

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $1,250

    • Community Members: $1,350

HOW DO I SIGN UP? 

Registration is now closed for this trip.


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


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 now closed 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 now closed for this trip.