Young Educators Prepare for Teaching in Yosemite, 2009

Posted by on Jul 31, 2009

Young Educators Prepare for Teaching in Yosemite, 2009

A group of several aspiring teachers joined together for retreat in the backcountry of Yosemite, National Park. Since then, they have all taught professionally, in various capacities. The experience in Yosemite served as a clarifying lens that helped them find the right direction to share their respective gifts. After one or two years teaching some have gone on to graduate school while others continue in the industry.

We passed a fantastic lily pond above Hetch Hetchy reservoir

This expedition included pre-readings and online colloquia as a framework for the substantive dialogues the team wanted to engage in during their time in the wilderness.

Texts included Victor Frankl’s classic Man’s Search for Meaning, Endurance by Alfred Lansing–the story of the Shakleton expedition to Antarctica, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coello.

A highlight, we saw four bears, one was just about 15 feet away. He was just a little guy, luckily. We also saw some amazing scenery, and swam in some of the most pleasant mountain lakes with surprisingly warm water!


Consulting the map en route to Avonelle Lake