When: May 12 – June 9, 2016 (4 weeks)
Where: Crested Butte, Colorado
Who: 20 participants (ages 16-20, flexible)
Leaders: Matt Sanderson (program director), Autumn Star, and Zoe Vlastos
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How Much: $1900
Includes all food and group activities. Does not include charter bus to/from Denver airport ($75 each way).
Arrival/Departure Airport: Denver
Application Status: Closed
The mission of the Unschool Adventures Real World Retreat is to give young adult self-directed learners the skills and confidence necessary to move out of their parents’ houses, support themselves financially, build community, and continue living a meaningful, learning-centered life.
Think of this retreat as a giant scavenger hunt. When you arrive, you’ll receive a list of roughly 30 specific, concrete challenges designed to prepare you for life in the real world. Your goal during the retreat is to complete as many of these as possible. For example:
Tackle these challenges on your own or in small groups: the choice is yours. Trip leaders will offer a different workshop each day, focusing on the skills needed to complete one or more of the challenges. Staff will also be generally available to assist participants as individuals or groups.
This retreat is designed for young adults who are motivated to move out of their parent’s homes within the next year or two. And it’s for anyone starting an independent life who wants to stay motivated and organized—and who doesn’t want to get taken advantage of by landlords, credit card companies, or employers.
Just like our Writing Retreat programs, the Unschool Adventures staff are not here to convince you that these challenges are worthwhile; you should join this program only if you see the inherent value in what you’ll do and learn. The staff’s mission is to support you along this journey and create a safe, comfortable, and friendly group living environment.
The Real World Retreat is also for those who are to eager to meet their future housemates, road trip partners, accountability buddies, and business associates. This is a highly social retreat for those seeking new friends and connections.
Our group will spend the month living in the Crested Butte International Lodge and Hostel in downtown Crested Butte, Colorado (location map), which we rent in its entirety. Nestled within a small mountain town and within easy walking distance to the cafes, shops, a library, and hiking trails, this property offers an incredible place to explore.
To keep the place in order, we organize participants into small chore teams to assist with daily cleaning. We cook our own dinners (lead by small groups who are learning how to budget and plan meals at the same time) and provide do-it-yourself breakfast, lunch, and snacks available 24/7. Many of our activities will require that participants be up and active during normal business hours, so we ask that everyone maintain quiet hours after 11pm.
Most days we’ll also organize a non-challenge-related group activity, such as a hike, sports game, movie, journey into town, talent shows, dance, or story night.
Every evening there is an all-group meeting that then breaks into small-group meetings (with groups of 6-7 participants and one staff member), providing an opportunity for deeper connection on a daily basis.
What might a typical day at the Real World Retreat look like? Our days vary widely, but here’s a rough sketch of the flow:
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All photos are from previous Unschool Adventures Writing Retreat programs in Crested Butte. Multiple photographers' work is represented; please ask permission before reusing.
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