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“Transferring”

The Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Dearest students and families, It’s your instructors signing into the yak board one last time. By now, all of you are together and readjusting to your new and simultaneously familiar lives at home. This is a huge (sometimes sarce) transition......Read More

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And they’re off!

Kate, Instructor

Hello from the airport! Much like we started our semester in Bishop, CA, we were surrounded by a beautiful snowfall this morning as we left Estes Park and headed towards the airport. Our crew of 15 are all headed in our separate directions. With......Read More

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More Photos from Paonia!

Aaron, Participant

Picture of the Week

Homemade meals and local food with the folks at Groundworks. Falafel, hummus, and pita; sourdough fermented bread for breakfast; lunchtime blue corn tortillas with beans and homegrown squash. Visiting local Paonia farms: Deer Tree Farm with Ajay, and Zephyros Nursery with Don. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (so many national parks!) A day hike at nearby Dark Canyon and Lightning Ridge at the alpine treeline. Living up to its name as we heard thunder!

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Saying Goodbye in Albuquerque

Instructors, Instructor

Hello families, After some tearful goodbyes,  the time has come and students are all checked in and waiting at the airport. We wish you all a joyous reunion as students return home. Stay tuned for some more transference thoughts to come later today....Read More

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Just Trekking (Great Sand Dunes and Rocky...

Aaron, Participant

Picture of the Week

As our semester sadly draws to a close, here is a selection of photos by me and Kate from the past two weeks during student led X-Phase and Transference (spread over three posts). Sand Dunes Photos are from the remaining of the three groups. A snowy hike and fun in Rocky Mountain National Park during Transference. Snowballs were flying everywhere!

Colorado River Basin Semester

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So many things, so little time.

Noah, Participant

Yak of the Week

How do we act when it feels like there is too much to do? It’s really easy to think that the world is too big and there are too many problems to solve, but, if we look a little closer there are people everywhere chipping away undeterred by the......Read More

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Two Poems from the past few weeks.

Elle MB, Participant

Written 5/3/21 at Earth Mtn. Farm: I woke up in my rain pocket this morning. Rain turned to sleet, then snow, then rain again. My half-awake ears could feel the frost, but I was cozy in my pocket. Roosters roared, reminding me of an elephant blowing......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group A

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How was the trip?

Instructor Team, Participant

Yak of the Week

In these final days of the course, we shift our outlook from new experiences and learning to an integration of what we have learned as we all transition back home. While we start that process here, it can take days, weeks, months, and sometimes even......Read More

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Transference Poetry

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

We would like to share some poetry from our transference here in the high New Mexican desert. As a group, students came up with twenty adjectives to describe their experience of the course so far. They were: transformative humbling inspiring......Read More

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48 hours

Willow, Participant

Yak of the Week

Saying goodbye has never been something I am good at. We just concluded our X phase and have landed in Santa Fe to wrap up our course. Reflecting on something as life changing as this trip is extremely difficult. The friendships that we have formed......Read More

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Transference on the Rio Grande Gorge

Maddie, Instructor

Yak of the Week

The sun is setting over the snow-capped peaks of northern New Mexico and a dry wind is blowing across our campsite in the sagebrush. This is our last stop, last home of this journey. The last place we will set up our tents and our outdoor stove and......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group A

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Poem on Detention

Sally, Participant

Detention   Detention is guilty before proven innocent It is suicide chambers with naked bodies and surveillance cameras It is profiting off of the imprisonment of Black and Brown people As if the US doesn’t do that enough  ......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group A

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Confronting White Supremacy in Indigenous Spaces

Jane Singman, Participant

Yak of the Week

“What was the most impactful experience you’ve had over the past few weeks?” asked Karlos, our host at Fourth World, a farm in Mancos, Colorado working to reindigenize landscape and farm sustainably. I raised my hand eagerly.......Read More