For twenty years, The Berkana Institute has worked in friendship and partnership with people around the world who are discovering that there is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. After these many years of constant work we have discerned that the time has come for the Institute to rest. We have decided to “bed down” Berkana for a period of stillness and quiet, Winter in the cycle of life. During this time, we’re gathering our energy, preserving our valuable capacities, and listening in for Spring. When Spring comes, in ways we can’t yet know, we will be back in the world, doing the work that feels right for us to be doing. Learn more >
College Gap Year Alternative Education Program Study AbroadThe Most Unique Year of College on the Planet "Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist: it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die." - John Taylor Gatto Alternative College, Gap Year and Study Abroad Learning Program
World's cheapest cities for budget travelers in 2013 - Price of TravelWe have all heard that some parts of the world are “cheap” to visit while others are “expensive” but most people have a hard time quantifying any more precisely. That’s why Price of Travel launched our Backpacker Index numbers for cities all over the world in late 2010. Now totally updated in its 4th year, below you’ll find all major destinations around the world ranked by price for backpackers. More specific information can be found by clicking on the regional articles just below, or by clicking on the individual city names in the main list.
Rob McNamara's BlogI remember doing my first graduate lecture on the further reaches of adult development close to fifteen years ago. I stood up in front of a classroom of people, all whom were older than me, and began my lecture. It was an intense ride. I couldn’t feel much of anything that was going on in the students I was presenting to.Schedule & Registration : Vision Quest : Circles of Air, Circles of StoneEnrollment in a Vision Quest Program Enrolling in a vision quest involves choosing dates for participation, filling out the registration form, and placing a deposit to secure your space. Programs are kept small -- a maximum of 8 -- to guarantee personal attention and feedback, and they are filled on a first-come, first served basis.
Vision Quest - Vision Quests - Rites of Passage CeremoniesCourse Dates for 2013 Each vision quest offered by The Seventh Quest is led by experienced guides trained in wilderness rites of passage ceremony. The list below describes upcoming vision quests, where participants will journey into the expansive Oregon and California wilderness. These locations present a variety of the natural world at its most dramatic, scenic and invigorating – the perfect backdrop for a plunge into the heart of nature.
Strauss–Howe generational theoryThe Strauss–Howe generational theory, created by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, identifies a recurring generational cycle in American history. Strauss and Howe lay the groundwork for the theory in their 1991 book Generations, which retells the history of America as a series of generational biographies going back to 1584. In their 1997 book The Fourth Turning, the authors expand the theory to focus on a fourfold cycle of generational types and recurring mood eras in American history. Their consultancy, LifeCourse Associates, has expanded on the concept in a variety of publications since then. The theory was developed to describe the history of the United States, including the 13 colonies and their Anglo antecedents, and this is where the most detailed research has been done. History
world rainbow caravanThe “open letter to the world”, below, emerged from the February 2011 Argentina world rainbow vision council. This is how the story of the caravan began. The letter is reproduced here in a slightly edited version to keep it up to date and not cause confusion.going to the rainbow gathering? heres some things you should know before you go - dreadlocks forumssome general info 1. It is free and non-commercial. This means no entry fee and no money charged for any service at the event (food, medical, etc.). There are people at gatherings who hang out with the barter circle and essentially have a commercial trip going either with trade or cash, but this is their own personal trip and has nothing to do with the actual set-up of a gathering.
Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeownHave you ever found yourself stretched too thin?Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized?Do you feel motion sickness instead of momentum?