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Home is anywhere, family is anyone

Lindsay Coe, Participant

Yak of the Week

The title of this note is something I have just changed my mind about. I have always passionately thought that home is where I am deep rooted – the foothills of Boulder, the seashore of Cape Cod, the vast Rocky Mountains. The places I have grown up. Nothing can replace those. Nothing can compare to those. The family I have in these places that I have been so lucky to be born into – that is my FAMILY. This is true. But there are so many more people and more places that can become family and can become home, and… Read More

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Apu Ausangate

Emily Smith, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I write, I am surrounded by Alpacas, sheep, and horses as they graze. The herders sit on nearby boulders and watch over, dressed in traditional clothes of colorful hand-woven wool ponchos and skirts. We were at camp after hiking for six hours and......Read More

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A Journal Excerpt

Alex Ekey, Participant

Yak of the Week

A prayer to the mountain- Do not let it be simple, nor easy, let it be full, full of excitment, full of mystery, full of wonder, full of love, when it comes time to choose a path do not send me down the way of the many, do not send me down the road......Read More

Pre-2017 Selected Yaks

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Definitions of my time here

Pixie Freeman, Participant

Yak of the Week

Definitions of my time here Mountains: What steals my breath and holds it. The foreground and the background, what my body leans towards and what my feet ache for, the blesser of clear weather and dry fields and the sender of sleet that slides......Read More

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The Power of Disconnecting

Ashley Moen, Participant

Yak of the Week

I feel that each of us students had some sort of fear about leaving our phones, such a big part of our everyday lives, behind. How will we update our friends, speak with our families, and find out what’s happening in the world?  How will we pass......Read More

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San Juan la Laguna

Hailey Olcott, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have now been living in Guatemala for a week, and it has been a week full of surprises, challenging moments, and beauty. I remember standing with the other students in front of a group of women who would be our mothers for the next five days, and......Read More

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My Hiking Inspiration

Will LeVan, Participant

Yak of the Week

In elementary school, my dad and I decided we would hike all of the fifty-four 14,000+ ft mountains in Colorado by the time I graduated high school.  While I will be graduating high school next June and we’ve only summited thirty of these peaks,......Read More

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INTROSPECTION

Emma Bailey, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the past three weeks, I have been flipped in every direction I can imagine. I have pushed my body up the roaring Andes and through the scorching avenues of the Amazon. I’ve created individual relationships with ten students who have taught me......Read More

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SO… WHO AM I?

Nina Saligman, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hola from the heart of the Incan Empire. Your favorite Peru 6 week course is currently approaching our midway point, which happens to be hitting a few of us kind of hard. Midway points are a time for reflection, as my 50 year old parents might agree......Read More

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HOW WAS MADAGASCAR?

Madagascar Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

As we prepare for the journey home, leaving this place that we all have come to love deeply, Micah, Sidonie, and Christy challenged students to start thinking about how they plan to share this experience with folks back at home. Students each gave......Read More

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Grounded Movement

Maysie Ballantine, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sitting on the mossy earth with my back supported by an enormous grey rock, I am peacefully still. The wind billows and swirls all around me, but in this sheltered space I am finally warm. I inhale deeply and breathe in the powerful landscape that......Read More

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FACES OF MOROCCO

Alex Ding, Participant

Yak of the Week

Essaouira is a Morocco unlike any Morocco I’ve yet seen. The cozy beach town differs in almost every way from the sprawling alleyways of Sale and Rabat, the impossibly high rock faces of the High Atlas, and the endless sand, sand, sand of rural......Read More

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Sorting Herbs

Lillian Saul, Participant

Yak of the Week

I hear Maxi in the background of my dreams every morning. She wakes before sunrise, tending to her little colony of animals, cows, chickens, roosters, ducks, guinea pigs, all the while wearing her plethora of brightly colored skirts, layered one on......Read More

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kawsay pacha

Anne Vetter, Participant

Yak of the Week

Long walks occupy that strange in-between space in the mind; you can think in a way that is not thinking or dreaming or analyzing. It is just another part of the slow pattern of walking. You step forward, your mind moves somewhere soft, you step......Read More

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THE WORDS OF TÉMENTO SAMBA

Claire Lindsay, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have found many languages in Témento Samba. My Pulaar is a struggle and my family speaks about as much French as I do so common words are negligible. But leaving I feel that I understand the life and heart of my village. I have found a language......Read More

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How Long It’s Been; How far I’ve come

David Fuchs, Participant

Yak of the Week

Three months ago, I arrived to Bolivia and wrote this letter to myself: I sit here perched above a high, Andean canyon. My weight, borne by the Pachamama and my emotions supported by the collective strength of the group. Yet, that’s not quite honest; my inner peace, excitement, and focus still come from within. Although, I’m sure I will come to depend on them in the days ahead. This moment’s task asks me to write a letter to myself, addressing my hopes and fears for what lays ahead during the three to come. I have many goals. The first two… Read More