Patagonia Frontiers’s designed and delivered a three day program with Liceo Rural Cerro Castillo in October of 2018 for 13 students studying tourism.
The intent was to share Patagonia Frontier’s experience as an outdoor educator, to strengthen and give sense to content learned in the classroom as well as expanding their vision of the tourist development of the region and how to care, protect and preserve Patagonia’s natural and cultural wealth. The program carried out different outdoor learning activities exploring flora and fauna, environmental conservation, sustainable tourism, and basic concepts in glaciology and geography.
What students and teachers had to say:
“Our Students had the opportunity to visit Patagonia Frontiers and carry out different outdoor learning activities such as flora and fauna, environmental conservation, sustainable tourism, and basic concepts in glaciology and geography. We greatly appreciate the willingness of John Hauf, director of Patagonia Frontiers facilitating his facilities, support staff and delivery of knowledge from his sufficient experience as an outdoor educator. We believe that these activities are in direct benefit of our students, strengthening and giving sense to content that we develop in the classroom as well as expand their vision of the tourist development of our region and how we must take care, protect and preserve our natural and cultural wealth “
Students trekked and explored an untouched and largely unknown part of wild Patagonia following our signature route - The Gaucho Way. It follows traditional routes used by the Gauchos, Chilean cowboys who are friends and neighbors. On horseback, they herd cattle to market and return to their homesteads with flour, sugar, yerba mate and other sundries. The Gaucho Way denotes both their passage through the mountain landscape and their distinctive, gracious culture.
Day 1: Meet a.m. in Puerto Bertrand, boat to campo, introduction and orientation, settle into sleeping, eating and cooking arrangements, Four hour walk to Marble overlook and return to ranch for evening round table session and debrief of day. Students did their own cooking and cleaning.
Day 2: Morning conversation with local gauchos about what it's been like to work in outdoor education and tourism for so many years. Discuss how things have changed over time and where they see the future and what is important for folks coming into the field. Full day hike to valley overlook with periodic classes and teachable moments along the way such as creek crossing safety. Students prepared dinner then had a campfire on the beach with guitar playing and music.
Day 3: Review and feedback followed by departure to Puerto Bertrand.
Patagonia Frontiers Philosophy:
“To contact the deeper truth of who we are, we must engage in some activity or practice that questions what we assume to be true about ourselves.” ~A.H. Almaas
We design and lead educational wilderness and leadership programs. Our educational programs work with high schools, universities, camps and other organizations to provide logistics and risk management oversight for the institution's established program or through our own outdoor and leadership curriculum.
Our philosophy is one aimed to advance outdoor education and conserve the wilderness classroom, serving as allies for the surrounding parks and communities. We create a learning environment that pushes students out of their comfort zone in a way that is manageable. Our intent is for students to gain enthusiasm, courage, and techniques to implement positive change moving forward. We want students to gain the enthusiasm and knowledge so that they may positively impact our world and be dreamers and doers in their own lives.
"When we know that the animals and plants are part of who we are, we can listen and respond. Ignoring the trees is like ignoring our lungs when they are congested and we can't breathe. Extinction of the songbirds means the end of our living music. When the planet herself calls to us in our dreams, if we are in touch with the truth of our mutual belonging, our hearts naturally stir with care. We remember that the web of life is our home." ~Tara Brach, excerpted from Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha