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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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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

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RGS-A has made it to Mancos!

Instructors, Participant

Though we were sad to leave Owl Peak Pottery after settling in there for so long, we are delighted to have arrived safely at 4th World Farm in Mancos, Colorado. Everyone is doing well! Look out for more updates and reflections coming from the......Read More

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This is Water

Sally, Participant

Yak of the Week

The itinerary of our semester follows a body of water — the Rio Grande — in all different forms. We first saw the river in orientation in El Paso, where we were surprised to discover that there, it is a dry, sandy river bed. We canoed......Read More

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10 Things I Would Tell My Past Self in...

Jane Singman, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you think you have enough socks, you don’t. Pack more. If there is such a thing as ‘the land of lost things’, it is full of my socks from this trip. Who knows where they went–perhaps abandoned at the laundromat, or left at a campsite,......Read More

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Why Does Gd Do Bad Things To Good People?

Nina Saligman, Participant

Yak of the Week

A practicing Jew sits in an Evangelist church and cries violently because Jesus Christ was crucified. This scene is typical to the life of Hugo Moya – a Mexican pastor and quasi-grandfather to most of our group. Four short weeks after we met......Read More

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Literal and emotional navigation

Nicoline, Participant

Yak of the Week

We just got back from our 5 day, 26 mile long trek on the Continental Divide Trail in the Chihuahuan Desert, and are now at the KOA campground. I was the navigator on this trek, meaning I was almost always at the front with my very......Read More

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Restoring Humanity in Our Immigration Policy

Sally and Izzy, Participant

Yak of the Week

For the past five days, our group has been trekking through the southern most point of the Continental Divide Trail, headed towards the Mexican border. After days of meticulous planning for our trek with food prep and a water caching system, we felt......Read More

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Learning Lessons in the Desert

Jane Singman, Participant

There are many lessons I have learned in the deserts we have stayed in during this trip, but none as salient and important as the lessons I learned in the Chihuahuan Desert on the Continental Divide Trail. Here is a summary of what I think is......Read More

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10 Things I Learned On Our First Trek

Laura, Participant

Yak of the Week

After reflecting on our first trek through Big Bend State Park, and as our second trek on the Continental Divide Trail approaches, I think it is important to reflect on what I personally learned the first time around. They say that making mistakes......Read More

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Vaccinated!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Our group was extremely fortunate to receive Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday in Laredo after Texas loosened restrictions and made them available to anyone over sixteen. It was great timing in particular because we will be concluding our time in......Read More