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Colorado River Basin Semester

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All is well on the river!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family,   I have been receiving updates from the instructors and they say everything is going well on their river trip. I will be heading into Grand Gulch to give them a resupply in a few days so I will have more stories and......Read More

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Wrapping up our Mission Wolf Time

RGS Crew, Participant

We’re nearing the end of our time here at Mission Wolf. Our mornings have been filled with work projects around the sanctuary while our afternoons have focused on instructor and student led lessons. Here are some photos from our visit to Tracy’s......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Connection Through Disconnection

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Yak of the Week

I haven’t read the news in over a month. As someone who ordinarily spends hours a day reading stories from any source I can get my hands on, I was nervous to step away from this habit that I believed connected me to others. But, unexpectedly,......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Connecting with the Land

Annabelle, Participant

Yak of the Week

Over the past four weeks on this course, we have discussed the tumultuous state of the Colorado River Basin. We have examined the area through many different lenses — small farmers, large farmers, small town, city, etc. — the most......Read More

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Baskets I’ve made so far

Penelope, Participant

These are the baskets I’ve made over the past week. The biggest one is made from rabbit brush and willow and the two smaller ones are rabbit brush. I learned the basket weaving technique from Jeff but have found a couple books on weaving to inform......Read More

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Group Reflections at Midcourse

Instructor Team, Participant

Dear friends and family of the Colorado River Basin Semester, After five weeks of travel and learning in Colorado, we’ve had a chance to rest and reflect in the small town of Mancos, where the Rockies meet the great red rock deserts of the......Read More

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Mid-course and Moving forward to the Desert

The Instructors, Participant

Dear family and friends, Hello from Mancos, Colorado where we have been spending the last few days to slow down and reflect. We are currently at the half-way point in our course – and the students are processing quite a lot of (un)learning......Read More

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Howlin with the wolves

Charlotte & Sage, Participant

Hey everyone, Sage and Charlotte here, checking in from Mission Wolf! We’ve been here for 5 whole days! Time is flying by. During the mornings, we’ve spent time fixing wolf enclosures, gathering firewood for the winter, helping with sign......Read More

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Where There Be Wolves

Instructor Team, Participant

Picture of the Week

Wolves, much like horses, are hyper sensitive to the energy we give off. After being trained by Kent the director of Mission Wolf we were able to meet face to face with a couple specially trained wolves. Our 10 days here at Mission Wolf are all about tuning into how our verbal and nonverbal communication affects ourselves, each other and our animal friends.  

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A week in Paonia

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Dear Family and Friends,  I’d like to share a little about my time visiting the group this past week in Paonia, Colorado. The previous weekend the group had just finished a stay at the Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute near Basalt, CO that......Read More

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Nights in Tents

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Last night, I fell asleep in my tent to the sound of dozens of wolves howling just hundreds of feet away in their enclosures at the Mission: Wolf sanctuary. Earlier in the day, we watched them devour pounds of raw meat in one of their twice-weekly......Read More

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La Garita Trek

Char and Sage, Participant

Hi friends and family!!! Sage (Ethan) and Charlotte here! After gallivanting through the alpine forests of the La Garita Mountain Range of the Rio Grande National Forest, we have arrived in beautiful Buena Vista Colorado. As we rest and recharge in......Read More

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Photos from Paonia

Keshet, Participant

Picture of the Week

Photos from adventures in Paonia! Everything from permaculture design to earthships to alternative local currency that supports local farmers.

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Creating a Contract with Land

Samantha Bateman, Participant

I was raised atheist, but when I was little I used to recite my gratitudes, concluded with “Thank you, God.” I was never sure about the idea of God Himself, per se, but I didn’t know whom, or what, else to thank. Eventually, I gave......Read More