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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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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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Changes in the Backcountry

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the months leading up to this trip, I spent a lot of time aimlessly wondering what it would be like. I tried to imagine myself in the mountains while I sat in my bedroom, never having spent so much time outside before. Overthinking isn’t......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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My Apachetas

Bailey Walker, Participant

Yak of the Week

In order to cross the Continental Divide and officially enter the Colorado River Basin, we went over Boulder-Grand pass within Rocky Mountain National Park. Moving slowly through this space that provides water for so many, including myself in......Read More

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And they’re off!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

And like that, the group is off for the start of the Rio Grande Semester! It was a smooth travel day to Denver/Boulder, which allowed the group to load up their 2 vehicles on time and head to the mountains at 3:30pm MST for their group orientation.......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Reflecting on My Relationships with the Land

Samantha Bateman, Participant

Yak of the Week

This week, while listening to our knowledgeable guest speakers, engaging in discussions with my peers and leaders, and reflecting on those words while hiking through the mountains that frame the edge of Boulder, I’ve been thinking about my......Read More

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Snow day and new backpacking departure

Instructor team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

With the snow falling, and temps dropping we huddled indoors today for the first time since becoming a pod. It is hard to believe that just yesterday we were hiking in 90 degree temps – and suddenly winter has arrived! Today was filled with......Read More

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Voting While on Course

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Dear Students and Families,  Many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In many areas of the world where we work voter enfranchisement is a right......Read More

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Hello from Maddie!

Maddie Melton, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie Melton and I am so honored and excited to share in this Dragons adventure with you this semester as one of your instructors! I grew up near Washington D.C., but “home” has been a fluid and evolving state for many......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Reflecting on Q’eros

Joe & Lola, Participant

Yak of the Week

Q’EROS Our six days in Q’eros Sometime between the late fourteenth century and into the fifth century a small population of former Incan messengers disappeared into the Andes of Southern Peru. Forgotten by the Incas and too secluded for the......Read More

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9 Delights of Jogja

Allie Matthias, Participant

Yak of the Week

Something I never could have anticipated for this year is the amount of small daily surprises I encounter here in Jogja. These surprises—little moments of joy—come upon me at any time in the day. They break up the routine and remind me that my......Read More