Join us as we follow the path of Neruda from the Pacific ocean to the high Andes, exploring the biocultural history “crazy geography” of Chile.
This 2 week journey will immerse you deeply in the art and culture, taste and sounds, of the Mediterranean biome, the unique and vital heart of Chile.
We will walk through the streets, the markets, the museums, the traditional neighborhoods of Santiago, the capital of Chile. From the top of Cerro San Cristobal, we will understand why the valley of Santiago was a key point for Incas, Mapuches, Spaniards and for Chilean society today. From this metropolis of the 21st century, we will direct our steps to meet Neftali Reyes and his journey of transformation in Pablo Neruda and we will discover why Chile is known as a country of poets. This will be the starting point of a journey through a deep Chile of knowledge and flavors, nature and culture, valley and coast, countryside and city that converge in this blessed land.
We will visit Casablanca, Valparaíso and Pichilemu, the heart of the central coast of Chile. We will walk the hills of Valparaíso through its infinite stairs, alleys and elevators, and then find ourselves surfing the wild waves of the Pacific Ocean in Pichilemu, the Chilean capital of Surfing. Join us to enjoy the experience of the world-renowned valleys of Casablanca and Colchagua, with their wines, their people, their food and their traditions, rooted on the fertility and abundance of their lands. In this encounter between the sea and the land we will find, like Neruda, trapped and captivated in the intensity of the flavors, aromas, textures and pleasures of the central valley of Chile.
We will put aside the cars and take our backpacks and trekking poles, to undertake a last journey through the Andes, the longest mountain range in the world. In the heart of the mountain, between lakes, rivers and glaciers we will enter a journey to the heights of the earth and at the same time our inner depths. And just as in Neruda’s odyssey at the crossroads of the Andes, we will seek the connection with the transcendent, the ethereal, the sublime. .. the sound of the wind in the mountain, the clatter of the water that comes down from the mountain range, the flight of the majestic condor that impassively crosses the southern skies …
Dates: Saturday Dec. 28, 2019 to Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
Day 1 / Dec 28 / WELCOME TO SANTIAGO DE CHILE
DAY 2 / Dec 29 / SANTIAGO CITY TOUR
DAY 3 / Dec 30 /CASABLANCA AND VALPARAISO
DAY 4 / Dec 31 / VALPARAISO- FIREWORKS BY THE SEA
DAY 5 / Jan 1/ BEGINNING OF THE YEAR INTO NATURE
DAY 6 / Jan 2/ NATURE AT VALPARAISO
DAY 7 / Jan 3/ THE ROUTE OF POETS
DAY 8 / Jan 4/ PICHILEMU BIOCULTURAL SURF
DAY 9 / Jan 5/ THE ROUTE OF THE PAST
DAY 10 / Jan 6/ PAILIMAY ECOVILLAGE
DAY 11, 12, 13 / Jan 7 to Jan 9/ EXPEDITION INTO THE ANDES RANGE
DAY 13 / Jan 10 / BACK TO SANTIAGO
DAY 14 / Jan 11/ END OF THE JOURNEY
Travel: Students are responsible for getting themselves to and from Santiago.
Walking with Neruda is a two week field environmental philosophy adventure that is held from 12/28/2019 to 1/10/2020.
The tuition is $3,600.00
Tuition payment can be paid in full or, if preferred, in scheduled payments.
If you have any questions, please call Jesse Carmichael, LA director, or Vicente Diez, Chile director, or use the comment form.
If you would like to register, please click the link below. Please have recent medical forms in pdf or jpg formats for downloading.
Now Voyager provides students with an opportunity to travel abroad and, for a few precious weeks, leave their cultural constructs behind. That in itself is refreshing and revitalising. The curricula is designed to be sensually stimulating (great food, great places), and physically and intellectually challenging (field environmental philosophy in urban and wild places with people who really want to explore and discover). For to leave something behind means arriving at what takes it place.
Our teachers lead students into deep biocultural immersions, through itineraries so charged that each day contains the equivalent of three days of experience: a two week trip, in later recollections, will contain condensed experiences that, unpacked in thought and memory, expand into six weeks.
Carefully managing this intensity, and directing it to help the student de- and re- condition their own character, Now Voyager teachers use the experience of traveling to inculcate cosmopolitanism and biocitizenism. By immersing ourselves in other cultures, we recognize how invented cultures are, and how they are always being invented; with this awareness of how constructed our realities are, we can ourselves construct.
We read and discuss texts before we travel, so basic contexts are in place when we arrive in Chile. Teachers Jesse Carmichael, Vicente Aguirre Diez and Vicente will use these contexts to cue
Our Place is designed to “unplug” your child by bringing them into direct contact with “Our Place,” the natural and urban environment of the Los Angeles River Basin Biome.
Our daily explorations brings students into direct contact with LA’s myriad of wild and urban habitats and ecosystems. Our classes are active, immersive and reflective: We hike, climb, swim, share, and always take time to simply sit and observe the world around us.
Each week long session is self-contained with five highly active days in which we roam multiple outdoor classrooms all over the Los Angeles area, and beyond; on a treasure hunt in pursuit of natural and cultural signs and stories…an active and immersive adventure! Our students walk 1.5 – 4 miles per day, and will need to carry their own lunch and water.
Students will develop deeper awareness of the biodiversity of our local wilderness and urban areas, including the desert and coastal habitats, and how healthy biodiversity impacts us all. Students will also be encouraged to develop a deeper sense of their own resilience and endurance as we will be covering a good amount of trail (or pavement) each day.
Our classes are designed to counteract “nature deficit disorder.” Slowing down and being mindful while we walk, increases the students’ perceptual abilities, while group generated inquiry, activates their critical thinking skills. Our structured yet flexible daily curricula is designed to inspire them to go from being passive receivers of “reality” to being active participants in, and shapers of it.
We are able to offer scholarships to students interested in joining us either based on merit or need. Scholarships cover only a portion of the camp cost.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship click here.