The idea for this gap term is simple. Set aside 3 months of your one wild and precious life to think about what counts as a good life and how you will go about living it. We’ve carved out a space on the coast of Maine where you can step away from everyday life, join a community of learners, read great books, paddle sturdy canoes, bask in nature and gain perspective on what really matters, especially in times like these.
Program includes 3 in-person week-long experiences in Maine and 3 college courses (12 credits easily transferred). Between on-site experiences, students live at home and participate in courses through a variety of “distance learning” modes. Each course includes weekly online lectures and conversations, but these online experiences are like nothing you’ve seen before. Professors collaborate with artist, musicians, poets and mindfulness practitioners to keep your mind inspired and alive with ideas.
- “Open Ocean Opening Retreat” Seguinland Institute, Georgetown, Maine | Stay in riverside cottages, canoe the river, hike the preserves, boat trip to islands. Form a community of learners: inspired texts and conversations.
- “In the Footsteps of Thoreau” Baxter State Park, Maine | We will follow in the trail of Henry David Thoreau’s 1846 journey. Hike up Mt. Katahdin (foliage!), canoe Penobscot River, read Thoreau along the way.
- “Tree Dwellers Closing Retreat” | Stay a night in an epic treehouse, then in the Institute’s Winter Lodge. Chilly walks on the beaches, lectures by the fireplace, envision your good life.
- Mentorship: It’s an old-fashioned word for a dying breed, but we still believe in it. Students have bi-weekly conversations with a faculty mentor.
- Three College Courses (12 Credits): “The Good Life and the Great Work”, Philip Francis PhD, “The Understory: Writing Hidden Narratives”, Meg LeMay PhD, “Habit, Resilience & Vision”, Justin Park PhD