Educators Climb Continental Divide, 2010

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010

Educators Climb Continental Divide, 2010

August 2010: a group of ten educators from three states ventured into the spectacular Wind River mountains. Six days later they emerged from the wilderness, smelling like roses (kind of) and having had a life-changing experience.

Check out the photo gallery for this expedition.

Every participant said (in an anonymous survey) they would recommend this expedition to a friend. The group formed an excellent bond together.

“This group of people were outstanding to be with!”

“Everyone was great, open, comfortable, helpful, and relaxed. Enjoyed getting to know everyone.”

Before the expedition we read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller, and Mastery by George Leonard.

Miller’s book is about how to identify and capture stories in your life, and how to share those stories powerfully. We used our trail journals to capture stories from our lives and share them with each other. Then we were able to give each other feedback about how to improve our skills with stories. Leonard’s book is short and powerful. He talk about two ways to approach life: as a series of problems to survive, or as a set of challenges to master. Both of these books gave us powerful tools to improve our personal lives and our teaching.

After reading the books, we joined from our homes in online video conferencing sessions to get to know each other and dialogue about the books.

When we arrived at the trail head, we already knew each other.

Sunrise over Clear Lake

During the expedition we camped by Big Sandy, Black Joe, Deep and Clear lakes. We climbed the Continental Divide, from which we could see nothing but mountains for hundreds of miles. We meditated, talked around the campfire, and set goals for life changes we wanted to make after returning home. We also had a solo day–eight hours of solitude in the mountains.

Participants said some of the most worthwhile aspects included

“The people, including spontaneous conversation, group discussions, laughing and fun, working together, team building experiences…”

“Time in the mountains. Discussions around the campfire. Hiking the Divide.”

“The solo day including the trail journal writing and introspective questions throughout the seminar.”

On the trail to Big Sandy Lake

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