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Learn & Explore Trip: Pickathon - Independent Music Festival


Happy Valley, Oregon


Friday, August 2nd -Tuesday August 6th, 2019


This Learn & Explore trip will begin Friday morning where you will travel to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, near Portland and set up your campsites at Pickathon which is a three-day music festival that takes place every year at around this time. The event began in 1998 as a bluegrass festival and has since expanded to include folk and indie artists.
Pickathon is known for promoting an ecologically aware, sustainable ethos.  Once settled into your base camps, Pickathon is your oyster with music and activities continuing through Sunday night. There will be some hand-picked craft vendors and a veritable cornucopia of the finest food and adult beverage vendors in Oregon. Choose your own adventure. Yoga, showers, and massage will be available.  Proactively plan for your self-care at Pickathon with these wellness offerings. There are some wonderful practitioners and services on hand so you can treat yourself! Yoga, when at Pickathon, there comes a time to slow down & nurture yourself.

After three days of music and maybe dancing- your choice, then the work begins.  On Monday and Tuesday participants will volunteer 12-18 hours after the music festival has terminated. There is a wide range of duties to choose from, but for this trip you will be assisting with recycling and clean-up efforts.  By volunteering participants will become more mindful about the environment and the many ways that plastic pollutes. Ultimately, the hope is that participants will have an increased awareness of more sustainable practices and begin to reduce their own plastic usage at home.  Your volunteer time is your payment for the 3-day concert ticket (including camping), and is a REQUIREMENT of the trip.


Everyone will arrive at Wayfinding Academy to carpool to Happy Valley.  Upon arrival we will unload and set up camping sites at your desired locations.


August 2- Arrive at Wayfinding Academy.  Divide into groups and carpool down to Happy Valley.  Get settled at a camping site. Begin enjoying the music.

August 3rd and 4th - Continue to enjoy the various musical guests at a multitude of stages.  Do yoga, get a massage, or just relax in your tent. You choose your level of stimulation.

August 5th and 6th - Festival over.  Stay to help with recycling activities.  Exact tasks will be determined by concert organizers.


No prior experience is necessary to join this trip.


9 participants. Registration is first come, first served.


  • Estimated Costs:

    • Students: $250

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $275

    • Community Members: $300

      $100 will be refunded to everyone after completion of the volunteer portion of the trip.  This is deposit that is withheld by Pickathon.

      • 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 June 2019.  We anticipate the estimate to the maximum amount anyone would pay.

  • What's included?

    • Tickets to the entire festival Friday - Sunday.

    • Meals at Pickathon

    • Pre-trip meal on Friday Aug. 2 and Post trip meal on Aug. 6.

  • What's not included?


If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is due shortly after you register to hold your spot.

Registration for this trip will close July 12, 2019 and full payment for the remaining balance will be due by July 19, 2019. 

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

If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to Jean Garcia-Chitwood, Director of Student Services, at