Global Presencing: Earth Immersion & Travel
Learning about ourselves, others & our living planet through Immersive travel experiences
In a world where young people have nearly unlimited access to our planet through imagery, information, and internet platforms, how might we provide deeper connections to lived experience? How might we support adolescent learners to engage their world in deeper, authentic ways that move beyond image and information? In a culture where that has let go of traditional rites of passage, how might we create meaningful explorations of identity through exposure to the wider world?
Our Grades 7-12 SOLA students are offered a unique opportunity to experience themselves as earthen beings held in presence by a living planet through our Global Presencing Immersion programs. Global Presencing is offered as a double-trimester elective, and participating students must enroll in both trimesters. During the first trimester, students will work with a mentor selected venue, or self-select a venue and begin planning their trip, creating a budget, developing fundraising platforms or a student run business, and depending on the venue, identifying service projects in their intended destination. While doing so, a circle of care will is created through mentor led, individual and group contemplative activities, during which some essential human questions will be explored-
Who am I, really? What is consciousness, what is reality? How do others experience life, express their alive-ness? What does it feel like to belong, and what do I belong to?
During the second trimester, participants will dive deeply into the culture, language, food, history, spiritual traditions, and ecology of the intended destination. As they prepare, students will practice important life skills and ‘presencing’ activities that will be needed during their adventures. Participants will cook, clean, work as a team, navigate using maps, make collaborative decisions, and learn to be present to ourselves, our peers, and our place- wherever that may be. Through this process, students will learn more about themselves as creators of their own class/community culture, and dive deeply into cultural identity as an element of their own humanness.
These expeditions are led by experienced mentors, teachers and expeditionary educators. We are currently establishing additional venues in Ireland, Costa Rica, and Bali which will include even more art, food, culture and adventure experiences.
Grades 7-8 venues are chosen by teachers/guides; grades 9-10 venues are chosen by students from a teacher-curated list of options; and grades 11-12 students identify a self-selected, group elected venue of choice.
2018 Grades 9-10 Venue: Southern France
Our 2018 9-10th grade class travelled to Southern France for an immersive experience of this unique region- a place where diverse world cultures have intersected for thousands of years! We were based in the village of Rousillon, and spent our days exploring the medieval villages of Lacoste, Gordes, Bonnieux, and the bustling historic cities of Arles and Avignon. We explored Lavender fields, sampled olive oil and honey from a local organic farm, visited prehistoric caves, learned to harvest clay and make pottery, paint and pigment, sampled delicious regional and French cuisine, learned history, rode horses and fat bikes through fields and ochre canyons, and swam in the pristine blue waters of the Gorges du Verdon. Click here for a sample budget.
2018 Grades 7-8 Venue: New York City
This year's 7-8th grade class travelled to New York city for an exciting urban adventure in America's most multicultural city. Students visited art and history museums, attended a broadway performance, took historical tours, saw the statue of liberty, explored the oldest 'China town' in our country, and much more!