Now Voyager Study Abroad

This is our most delightful work to do for us, please follow us in this little story telling about our work as co-teachers with Mr. Kurt Heidinger, at this time it is a pleasure to announce we have students from University of Masachusets getting credits as Biocitizen‘s  Now Voyager Field Environmental Philosophy outdoor course.

This consists of a true expedition into Chilean central south coastal ecosystem, passing by the pristine creeks of the Coastal Range, any by the central valley facing straight into the Andes! The program theme is about: ¨following the path of water¨, we study using all of our senses into a deep-biotic immersion in each stage of our water steps, we get to experience the cold antarctic current flowing into northern subtropical seas just like a river, we play in the current because as Ricardo Rozzi says : ¨we learn by playing¨. A step into a native canyon without even tents get us to sleep outside like true explorers used to vivac centuries ago, and then we keep going into the andes following step by step into the snow.

Please watch this first expedition, and how it turns into a profound educational experience. from the raw inspiration of watching a Cóndor as a shepard of the mountain, to find the right logistics and educational content Mr. Heidinger knows well.

As we did back in 2016 with our first intern Emmet Lollis-Taylor, we keep learning how to make this program integral, with smooth transitions and that is our goal for Now Voyager 2018.

As a result of that expedition, we did many equations on how to develop an itinerary rich on outdoor classrooms, and this is how it turns into this program. It turns into a chain of interpretive opportunities, where we just merge one attractive spot with the next one.

It turns out many things went a lot better than we could have ever expected, like the initiative to release ourselves, Biocitizen, and Fundación Punta de Lobos in collaboration with Ilustre Municipalidad de Pichilemu. Now voyagers gathered months before to work in clay and porcelain, precious pieces of pendants and other handcrafted pieces to donate them to the uprising foundation. As an entertaining and community service we invited the visitors and students to clean the cliffs, great success. Nature wins. Who is nature? what is nature? what are we co-working to protect and value? Now Voyager Katherine Harrison knew it well snapping this great picture of the Pacific Ocean´s Humboldt Current uprising at Punta de Lobos.

Photo Credit: Katherine Harrison, Kath, the cat.

Reading Neruda’s Bird Poems while watching birds make a complete bond between reading and a sensorial experience we can remember beyond rationality; its so many factors conspiring at the same time to make it sublime that we just sit there to enjoy watching this happening!

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