Good Life Gap Term in Maine

Seguinland Institute

About

Seguinland Institute is a collection of scholars, boat builders, artists, social workers, back-to-the landers, and thinkers who gather on a 60-acre homestead peninsula in the coastal woodlands of Georgetown, Maine. We are a non-profit organization (501c3) founded in 2009.

We create experiential college-level programs that combine rigorous academics and immersion in nature with mindfulness practice, visual pedagogy, and a back-to-the-land work ethic. We host Fall semester study-away programs and May term courses exploring “The Good Life and the Great Work”. Students taking courses at Seguinland Institute receive college credit through the University of Maine at Farmington.

Our grapplings with the big questions are heightened and honed by reading great (and humble) books, paddling sturdy old canoes, engaging in discussion, writing tip-top essays, being grasped by awe and wonder, and getting our hands dirty in the garden.

Founded
2009

Reviews

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Mikayla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I gained far more than I thought 10 weeks could give me

The marsh welcomed me onto it's land. It gave me views I'll always remember, woods to immerse myself in, and a breathtaking amount of stars.
It was truly about the people. Phillip and his family let us become apart of their lives, teaching courses but also giving us space to grow as they supported us in every way. The guests we met were inspiring and provided such rich moments. I was naturally drawn in to close friendships with the other students.
Allow yourself to be open minded and vulnerable and you'll find yourself changed.

Pros
  • Getting to live in a stunningly beautiful place
  • Great mix of structured time and downtime
  • This is how learning should be. Experiential, exciting, and passionate.
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Lauren
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best decision ever

My time at Seguinland Institute is indescribable. Surrounded by the serene marsh and river, students are able to connect with not only their selves, but also their fellow students, nature, and literature. Students learn not only from the syllabus but also by the very experience itself. Daily yoga helps to start each day with mindfulness. This program would be best for students interested in nature, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, farming, cooking, reassign and art. The ability to perform basic tasks independently is necessary as students are required to make breakfast at lunch, do their own laundry, keep a clean shared room, share cleaning tasks with housemates, and help with group dinner prep and clean up. the program is everything the website describes and more. The staff at Seguinland make each student a member of their incredible family. I would consider 17-23 to be the most crucial learning time for young people, and Seguinland is the place to do it.

Pros
  • Nature
  • Community
  • Staff
Cons
  • No personal transportation
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Riley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Good Life For All

I had no idea what I had gotten myself into before coming to this program but within a few days I was quickly captivated by the culture I found at Seguinland. The program does such an amazing job of combining mindfulness and personal self-reflection with hands-on environmental education and creativity. Everything we did felt so personal and the program coordinators always took time to listen to our suggestions and adjust the program as needed. You will become so close with the small group of students you live and learn alongside of as well as the Francis family, who welcomes you into their life. I can't recommend this program enough!

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Jordan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Good Life Gap Term (Fall 2021)

This program is the best decision I've ever made. I know that the things I learned in each of the good life courses will stay with me forever and it is impossible to describe the impact that each of the faculty has had on me. Georgetown and all its natural beauty is the ideal location to rediscover what it means to live mindfully and find what matters most to you. Everyone comes to this program for a different reason, and students have a variety of experiences and goals going in. This allows for meaningful and memorable discussion because ideas are examined from a variety of perspectives. The community is unlike any other; everyone was so kind and cared deeply about each other as well as learning with an open mind.

Pros
  • Lots of opportunities to try new things
  • Many guests educators who are all passionate about what they do
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Timothy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Seguinland Institute

This program has changed my life, and has left me with some of the best friends I have ever met. Prior to the Seguinland, I knew it was going to be a fun and adventurous experience. However, it also ended up being insightful and meaningful, and truthfully life changing. I discovered new passions and respect for the world, myself and others. Not a day goes by where something doesn't remind me of my time spent at Seguinland. I'm forever grateful for having been apart of this special program, and making life long relationships with the people I was surrounded with.

Pros
  • Best friendships and strongest connections I have ever made.
  • Amazing location allowing for unforgettable day trips, hiking, canoeing, outdoor cooking etc.
  • The most supportive and knowledgable staff that knows the surrounding land and incorporates it into whatever lessons we have.
Cons
  • Housing accommodations were great, but could use some simple touch ups (mostly some utility renovations)

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