Outings

Fall 2018

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Introduction

Why Go Outside? 

“I go to the hills when my heart is lonely, I know I will hear what I’ve heard before.” So sings Maria in The Sound of Music. Ambreen Tariq of @brownpeoplecamping says “When you go to places you believe you don’t belong is when you see the profound.” Maybe you head outside to walk your dog, to tend your vegetable garden, to ride your unicycle, or to feel the rush of adrenaline when you summit a mountain. The reasons people go outside are endless. The thing that I’ve found, and love about the natural world, is that it can hold all of our reasons for going outside. It can meet us where we are, and it never fails to deliver something to nourish and inspire us. 

I have a practice of going on a silent, solo retreat in the wilderness every season of every year. I find that this regular encounter with quiet and wild places grounds and aligns me to be in the world the way that I want to be. On my solo trip this summer, I had the chance to go to the Desolation Wilderness and spend some time exploring a quiet, cold mountain lake. 

On the first morning of my solo, I was emerging from my second swim of the day, and I noticed a bizarre sight of what seemed like a two headed caterpillar clinging to a rock. One head was facing skyward and another pointed out towards the lake at a ninety degree angle. I’d never seen anything like it. A few moments later the perpendicular facing head moved, and in a flash an entire second caterpillar came out of the first, flipped around, and clung to the first caterpillar’s body. “Oh my!” I thought, “they’re mating!” 

A few minutes later I looked down at what I thought was my duo of caterpillars, and saw that the one that had done the flip was now slowly growing beautiful, iridescent wings. Over the next half hour an entirely new creature emerged that I eventually identified as a dragonfly. 

Once the dragonfly’s wings had fully formed it spread those wings wide, held onto its bug carcass, and stayed perfectly still, drying off in the sun. After a while the first dragonfly I had seen closed its wings, and in the blink of an eye, flew off, back towards the trees and granite peaks that surrounded the lake, leaving its now dry and paper-thin carcass behind. 

I looked around and noticed five black water bugs crawling out of the water. They were going slowly, and stumbled as they went. They did each eventually find a rock to cling to, and as I watched I realized that these water bugs would soon have a “second” head burst out of their backs, and that an hour later they would become the carcasses to which a new dragon fly would cling in the warm sun, and from which they would fly away. 

As my solo continued, I learned that it was not only my rock that was a transformation zone for dragonflies, but that this phenomenon was happening a thousand fold, all around the lake. There were empty carcasses everywhere -- shells that spoke of new life, of letting go, and of trusting one’s internal wisdom of how to become one’s whole self in the world. 

I share this story because it speaks to me of the many and varied stages of life that we all encounter as a part of being alive, that can be quite palpable as we transition to a new school year. First year students who are emerging from the water having trusted their instincts to find a place to support them as they continue to become themselves. Sophomores who are settling into this now known place and finding the courage to jump out of their old carcass shells and explore their identities. Juniors who are letting their wings emerge, wings that will support them on to their next venture, and Seniors who are letting all that growth and development integrate as they prepare to fully dry off and fly away to whatever might be next. All of these are vital parts of one’s life, each with its own gift and challenge. 

Any one of us could relate to different parts of this dragonfly’s story, regardless of our class year or age. You could be a first year who feels like they’re drying off, a faculty person who feels like they’re emerging from the water, or a sophomore who feels they are flying away! Whatever your relation to this story, I also share it because for me it exemplifies how the natural world has the capacity to companion us in every state of our being. It can join us in the adventure we seek in surfing and summiting mountains, in our desire for quiet and stillness, and in the experience of storm and upheaval. If we take the time to get out there in it, and to notice what we experience, we can encounter that which will inspire and nourish us, reminding us that we belong however, and wherever, we are. 

So first, where are you, and why might you seek some time outside this semester? And second, how can MA Outings create space for you to seek that encounter? Whether it’s exploring Mt. Tam with Liz, Ellie or Jon, kayaking among the bioluminescence with Tania, Diane and Abby, or surfing, hiking in the city, and/or exploring the Sierras with a pack on your back, I encourage you to check out this season’s twenty-eight offerings, sign up for what draws you, and see how the natural world might meet you just where you are. 

Look inside, and Get Outside MA!! 

Julie Barnes

Director of Outings

Fall, 2018

Catalog

Welcome to the Outings Catalog for Fall 2018! Click on an outing to learn more.

COURTRIGHT RESERVOIR – DOMES AND WATER! ($110) $110

Avalon Qian & Another Granite Groveler

Fri, Nov 9 to Mon, Nov 12

Start Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:35 pm

End Date: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Overnight
PE Credit
Backpack

I’m sure you’ve heard of Yosemite before, but that’s not the only place with epic granite!  Join us for an adventure in the Sierras over our 3 day Veterans Day weekend. The Courtright Reservoir is a magical place that greets you with shining blue water surrounded by sleeping granite giants.  Take advantage of this extended outings adventure! We will spend time next to the reservoir, daring to dip into the cold waters, playing games and acclimating to the mountain air and elevation. (And we may spend half a day climbing).  We will arise early and summit Maxson Dome where we will have an epic view of King’s Canyon and a panoramic view of the Sierra Mountains. This trip will give us the chance to do a little off trail hiking and practice using a topographical map!

We will leave MA at lunch on Friday and be back to campus on Monday.  On Friday we will drive around 6 hours to the Maxson trailhead where we will set up camp.  The next day we will hike into Voyager Camp, to spend time near the water. Sunday we will summit Maxson dome.  On Monday we will depart from the trailhead around 8am. You do not need to be a track star to do this hike, but be prepared to push yourself - it is a challenging venture!  No prior experience necessary and the outings gear room has everything you could possibly need to borrow. The mountains are calling, the stars are shining, and the granite is gleaming!   

7 Students

BON TEMPE MORNING TRAIL RUN (Free) Free

Ellie Beyers & Juliet Dana

Mon, Nov 5:
2:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Start Date: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 2:15 pm

End Date: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Morning
Hike
PE Credit
Half Day

This outing is for those among us who think, “I definitely would go on a run if someone else was going.” Let us plan the details for you ;)

Join Ellie and Juliet for a quick trip up to Bon Tempe Lake in Fairfax. The trail around the reservoir is about 4 miles, and features a relatively ­flat but scenic journey through bay laurel, redwoods, wide ­open fields, and narrow single­track sections. Any level of runner is welcome. Some of us will run ~10­minute miles, and some of us will stop a few times to walk, and we can all enjoy an afternoon out in the beautiful open space of the Marin Municipal Water District. If our group has interest and experience, we can add a spur to our route to make the run a little longer.

We will leave MA at 2:15pm, missing the end of G block, drive about 25 minutes to the trailhead, run, have a snack, and return to school. By 4:45pm, in time for the bus, homework, and whatever else your evening may include!.

8 students

FALL BACKPACK - TRANSITIONS IN THE TREES! ($150) $150

Avalon Qian & Zoë Unruh

Fri, Sep 21 to Sun, Sep 23

Start Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm

End Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Backpack
Wilderness
Hike
Overnight
PE Credit

Out with the old and in with the new as we launch this year’s backcountry trip selections with a 3-day car camping/backpacking extravaganza in Sequoia Kings National Park. Join Avalon and Zoë, current and former Outings Assistants, as they travel through HUGE trees, soak in spectacular views of the Sierras, and drink from cold mountain streams. Our first evening we will car camp near the trailhead, cooking up a spectacular feast to prepare us for our first day on trail. The next morning we will wake up, eat breakfast, pack our packs, and hit the trail towards our camping spot at Panther Gap (Google image it, it’s UNREAL). If the group is feeling up for it, we can attempt to summit Panther Peak, or we can sit around the fire playing games and chatting about the potential this new year will bring.

No backpacking experience required! We will be averaging 3.5 miles each day, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the fall in the lower Sierras. We will leave at the beginning of lunch on Friday, September 21st, and return by 6pm on Sunday, September 23rd. The Outings Gear room has everything you’ll need to succeed on this opening trip!

7 Students

WOC EXPLORE SANTA CRUZ VIA SURFING AND CAMPING ($130) $130

Maribel Albarran & Joann Gatine

Sat, Nov 17 to Sun, Nov 18

Start Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

End Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Water
PE Credit
Overnight

Every day is a great day to visit Santa Cruz! Come with us on a mini road trip where we will explore Santa Cruz via surfing, camping, and also by visiting the UCSC campus. We will leave campus by 9:30AM on Saturday morning and return by late afternoon Sunday. This trip will kick off with a surf lesson where we will take on the waves for a two-hour lesson. After, we will head over to our beach camp site and set up for the night where there will be s’mores, hot chocolate, and other yummy food. Sunday after more yummy food we will head over to the UCSC campus where we will explore the school. Surfing and camping experience are not essential. The surf school will provide everything we will need to surf. A swimsuit, water bottle, and other camping gear will be needed. You can borrow camping gear from the outings room if you need to. As this trip is being led by the Young Women of Color Affinity Group, you must identify as a woman of color to attend. For students on any percentage of financial aid, there will be no cost to attend this outing. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information please contact Julie, Sanjai, or Nicole.

6 students

TENNESSEE VALLEY HIKE (Free) Free

Rachel Kernodle & Ellie Beyers

Sun, Sep 30:
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Start Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 8:30 am

End Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Morning
Half Day
PE Credit

Join Rachel Kernodle and Ellie Beyers for a casual half-day hike exploring the beautiful Marin Headlands and Tennessee Valley Beach. We will start our day with a hike climbing up out of Tennessee Valley to Coyote Ridge, then return down the Coastal trail, making a trip out to Tennessee Valley Beach before heading back to the Trailhead. The elevation gain is all at the beginning of the hike, after which we can enjoy this relatively easy 6-mile hike, stopping along the way to see some spectacular views of the SF Bay, Mt. Tam, and the coast.

We’ll leave from MA around 8:30 am, and, depending on how long we stay at the beach, be back at MA shortly before lunch, around noon. This hike is not incredibly strenuous or long so is ideal for students who are novice hikers. Students should come prepared with layers of clothing, 2 liters of water, some snacks for the trail, and a sturdy and comfortable pair of hiking boots or running shoes. The Outings Gear Room now has a full complement of hiking boots, if you’d like to borrow! A daypack, appropriate layers, some snacks, and a water bottle are all required gear.

6 Students

PRESIDIO ADVENTURE (Free) Free

Avalon Qian & Another Wild Wanderer

Sat, Dec 1:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

End Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
PE Credit
Urban
Wilderness

Did you know we have a national park right on the other side of the bridge?  Well, it’s true and we want to get you familiar it! “Wilderness” does not just exist in the far away streams and mountains.  It’s here, and all around us. And we can have a hand in how these environments around us are cared for. Join us for a day of hiking and volunteering in the Presidio!  We’ll arrive early Saturday morning in time to volunteer with the park from 9am – 12pm. Then we will take a stroll through the Presidio, possibly ending at Baker Beach depending on what the weather looks like.  The journey will be complete with an ocean sunset and then a drive back over the bridge.

We will leave MA at 8:15am on Saturday Morning and return around 5pm.  Bring a day pack, water bottles, lunch and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.     

10 Students

SUNRISE INDIGENOUS CEREMONY AT ALCATRAZ ISLAND ($15) $15

Avalon Qian & Gerardo Molinari

Mon, Oct 8:
4:00 am to 11:00 am

Start Date: Monday, October 8, 2018 at 4:00 am

End Date: Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

Day Trip
Morning
Half Day

Did you know that Alcatraz island was occupied by Native Americans from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971?  This 19-month occupation claimed land that rightfully belonged to Native Americans under the Treaty of Fort Laramie, which stated that all retired, abandoned or out-of-use federal land was to be returned to the Native people who once occupied it.  On Indigenous People’s Day, come celebrate this precedent for Native American activism and honor native ancestors and future generations with Native Americans from all over Turtle Island with a sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz Island. This outing was offered last year and we are bringing it back.  As Americans living on occupied land, it is important that we acknowledge the continued existence of the native people whose land we turned into our homes for living in and our wilderness for exploring.

We will leave MA at 4am, drive into San Francisco and board the ferry by 5am. We will return to MA no later than 11am. Please bring a daypack with water, and wear warm layers and comfortable walking shoes.  

8 students

A DAY AT THE ROBERT FERGUSON OBSERVATORY IN SUGARLOAF RIDGE STATE PARK ($10) $10

Jon Bretan & Another Avid Astronomer

Sat, Oct 6:
1:00 pm to 12:00 am

Start Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

End Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

Day Trip
PE Credit
PE Credit
Hike
Half Day

We will spend the day at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  What can we look at during the day? The Sun! With proper equipment, of course! We will observe the Sun and all its spots from 2-3pm, then we will hike the planet walk, a double-scale model of the solar system along a 2.5 mile stretch of trail (5 miles round trip).  We will have a potluck dinner, attend an astronomy lecture and then participate in the “star party,” where many come and bring telescopes to complement the three already at the observatory. We will enjoy the sky until about 11pm, and then return to MA around midnight.  THIS OUTING IS DEPENDENT UPON THE WEATHER.

We will depart from MA at 1pm and then return at midnight.

16 Students

INWARD BOUND: Mindfulness In the Garden ($40) $40

Mark Stefanski, Tania Bettis and Invited Guests

September 16, 23, and 30; October 14, 21, and November 4, 2018

Date: September 16, 23, and 30; October 14, 21, and November 4, 2018

Day Trip
Contemplative
Half Day
"In-ing" (On campus)

If you are interested in ways to reduce stress, build greater self-awareness, and make better decisions according to your own interests and values — all in the relaxed natural setting of the MA garden — then this series of “innings” is for you.  You will take part in engaging and fun activities that help build greater mindfulness - the ability to pay attention, in the moment, with kindness and curiosity, so we can choose our behavior. Adopting a program designed for teens by the internationally-recognized non-profit, Mindful Schools (http://www.mindfulschools.org), you will learn meditation skills that will help you to manage impulses and difficult emotions, providing you with tools to become a more happy, confident and compassionate person both in and out of school. By conducting the activities in a natural setting, and focusing some of our experiential explorations into our interdependence with the rest of nature, you will gain a greater sense of connectedness and appreciation for our human place in nature.  And, perhaps most fun of all, you will participate in preparing and consuming a delicious communal potluck dinner, using some ingredients gleaned from our garden. In addition to meditation and body movement exercises, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some student-led discussions, gardening, journaling and art.

To create community and provide you with the best benefits of the program, we ask that you commit to attending at least 4 out of the 6 Sunday evening sessions offered

ASTRONOMY DAY AT THE ROBERT FERGUSON OBSERVATORY IN SUGARLOAF RIDGE STATE PARK ($10) $10

Jon Bretan & Another Adventurous Astronomer

Sat, Oct 13:
1:00 pm to 12:00 am

Start Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

End Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

Day Trip
PE Credit
Half Day
Evening
Night
PE Credit
Hike

We will spend the day at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  What can we look at during the day? The sun! With proper equipment, of course! We will observe the sun and all its spots from 2-3pm, then we will hike the planet walk, a double-scale model of the solar system along a 2.5 mile stretch of trail (5 miles round trip).  We will have a potluck dinner, attend an astronomy lecture and then participate in the “star party,” where many come and bring telescopes to complement the three already at the observatory. We will enjoy the sky until about 11pm, and then return to MA around midnight.  THIS OUTING IS DEPENDENT UPON THE WEATHER.

We will depart from MA at 1pm and then return at midnight.

16 students

MONARCHS AND PUMPKINS ON THE SANTA CRUZ COAST ($30) $30

Jaime Meline & Alex Brown

Fri, Oct 26:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:00 am

End Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
Full Day
Halloween

In the season of orange and black, what better time to explore a natural conservatory where hundreds of Monarch butterflies flock every fall? Come venture down the California 1 Highway along the ocean where we will spend the morning exploring this rich habitat before walking to Natural Bridges State Beach for an early picnic lunch and some beach lounging. Once we’ve had our fill of Santa Cruz, we will venture up to Half Moon Bay to Arata Pumpkin Farm, which boasts the largest corn maze in the Bay Area. Venture from the hay rides to the haunted house or choose the perfect pumpkin to bring home just in time for Halloween carving! All are welcome on this full day adventure. You will need to bring a day pack with water, snacks for yourself or to share, cash if you want to purchase any pumpkins that strike your fancy, and a sack lunch. We will leave right at 8 am and return to campus by no later than 5 pm.

7 students

ALCATRAZ ($55) $55

Alex Brown & Natalie Naranjo

Sat, Oct 13:
9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 9:30 am

End Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Urban
Full Day
Walk
PE credit

Is Alcatraz Island one of those places you always see but never had the chance to visit? Well, now you can! We’ll meet at the Larkspur ferry terminal and public transit our way to San Francisco, then catch the Island ferry to Alcatraz. There we’ll take a guided tour of the old prison, visit the beautiful gardens, and picnic on the grounds.

All are welcome! This is an easy but longish walk. Wear good walking shoes, and bring water and a packed lunch – there is no food at Alcatraz. We’ll depart on the 9:30 am ferry at Larkspur and return about 3pm.

8 students

BOLINAS SURFING - BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE ($105) $105

Taylor Tan & Another Saucy Surfer

Sun, Oct 14:
7:45 am to 2:30 pm

Start Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7:45 am

End Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Water
PE Credit
Full Day
Morning

Want to try a day of surfing at our local break in Bolinas? We will leave from MA in the early morning (7:45 am) to meet with Nick Krieger, our friend and surf instructor, in Bolinas. His basic surfing lesson will build your confidence whether you’ve never surfed before or you are the occasional surfer. After a shared picnic lunch we will return to MA around 2:30pm. You must be a proficient swimmer for this adventure. Wetsuits and surfboards will be provided. Bring something to share for lunch, your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sun hat, warm layers and a wooly hat.

Please note - you need to complete two waivers for this outing: the standard Marin Academy Outings Permission Form and a waiver for the lesson. Both must be turned into the Outings Office to secure your spot on this Outing.

Let’s go surfing!

14 students

BIOLUMINESCENT KAYAKING IN TOMALES BAY! ($180) $180

Abby French, Diane Boodrookas ('10), & Tania Bettis

Tue, Oct 9:
3:45 pm to 10:00 pm

Start Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

End Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Water
Night
Evening
PE Credit
Half Day

Can you make water glow and sparkle!? Begin your (short) school week with an evening kayaking trip in Tomales Bay to experience bioluminescence (glowing green dinoflagellates)! We'll depart at 3:45 pm and stop in Point Reyes for an early dinner before embarking on our three-hour paddle. We'll arrive back at MA around 10 pm.

21 Students

SEA KAYAKING AND CAMPING ON TOMALES BAY ($180) $180

Lucy Alexander (‘11) & Another Kindred Kayaker

~3-5pm return time

Date: ~3-5pm return time

Overnight Trip
Water
Overnight
PE Credit

Some of the best campsites at Point Reyes are on the beaches of Tomales Bay, and the only way to get there is by kayak!  We’ll head up to West Marin on Saturday morning where we’ll meet up with our kayking guides at Point Reyes Outdoors. The group will then set out for a 2-3 hour paddle to a remote beach where we’ll make camp and spend some time relaxing and exploring.  We’ll keep our eyes peeled for seals, tule elk, otters and all the rest - We’ll feast on the beach on Saturday night before spending the night in our tents or under the stars. We’ll wake on Sunday morning to explore the shoreline a bit more before paddling home.  

All are welcome! No kayaking experience necessary, but you should be ready for two long days on the water in possibly cold (and wet) conditions.  We'll leave MA early Saturday morning (8 or earlier!) and will return to to campus between 3-5pm on Sunday.

10 students

MT TAM SUNRISE SUMMIT ($18) $18

Jon Bretan & Stella Beale

Sun, Sep 23:
5:00 am to 10:00 am

Start Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

End Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:00 am

Day Trip
PE Credit
Morning
Hike
Half Day
PE Credit

Mt. Tamalpais, the “sleeping maiden” of Marin County, is not a very tall mountain, but parts of it are rather rugged.  While the equinox is the day before, the sun will still rise almost due west at 7am on Sunday, September 23. We will meet at MA at 5am and head to Summit Ave in Mill Valley, and start our trek up the Temelpa Trail, with the goal of summiting Mt Tam before sunrise (about 1.5 miles to the top), just in time for some Instagram-worthy photos.  We will head back down a different route, completing a 5-mile loop. We’ll stop and get breakfast at the Dipsea Café before heading back to school.

7 Students

GOAT ROCK CLIMBING ($75) $75

Avalon Qian & Another Crafty Climber

Sat, Nov 3 to Sun, Nov 4

Start Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 am

End Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Rock Climb
Overnight
PE Credit

Ready to try an extreme sport with the highest amount of safety?  Sitting above and on the ocean, Goat Rock is an epic California climbing destination for both bouldering and top roping.  Bouldering is a form of climbing without the use of rope or harness, while top roping requires tying yourself onto a rope that is anchored to the rock (and allows you to safely gain more elevation than bouldering).  No climbing experience necessary, just a desire to push your comfort zone and spend time outside! We will provide all the gear you’ll need. If you’re looking to gain some experience rock climbing and enjoy the beautiful Northern California coast, this trip is for you.

We will leave MA Saturday morning at 11am and drive a few hours up the coast to Goat Rock, where we will learn the basics of climbing.  That afternoon we will head to Bodega Dunes Campground, where we will cook dinner and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean. Sunday morning we’ll wake up, head back to Goat Rock, climb hard, and return to MA by 6pm.

6 Students

MINDFULNESS IN NATURE ($220) $220

Mark Stefanski, Julia Chanin (’11) & Sophie Schnider (peer co-facilitator)

Fri, Nov 16 to Sun, Nov 18

Start Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

End Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

Overnight Trip
Overnight
Mindfulness

If you would you like to reduce stress, build greater self-awareness, and make better decisions according to your own interests and values — all in the relaxed natural setting of a cozy West Marin beach house — then this an outing for you.  We will engage in activities that help build greater mindfulness - the ability to pay attention, in the moment, with kindness and curiosity, so we can choose our behavior.  We will practice meditation skills that will help you to manage impulses and difficult emotions, providing you with tools to become a more happy, confident and compassionate person both in and out of school. In addition to exploring a variety of meditation techniques, we will check out the illuminating and rejuvenating effects of yoga and other body movement exercises, and integrated in the mix will be getting outdoors to hike and contemplate our human place in nature. The goal is to come away with a deeper appreciation of the positive effects of mindfulness on the body, mind, heart, and spirit.

In addition to group engagement and reflection, personal time will be set aside for self-chosen activities and relaxation that could include exercise, music, journaling, daydreaming and napping.  No previous experience with meditation or other mindfulness practices is necessary, and everyone is welcome - athletes, artists, musicians, computer geeks, introverts, extroverts, conservatives, liberals, questioning and undecideds.

We will develop skills in group living, and along with other household chores, participants will assume leadership in planning and preparing meals, and cleaning up afterwards.  Please be aware that one of our intentions is to leave behind the buzz and distraction of our digital devices for the time we are together.  Sound like fun?  Please join us!

8 students

FULL MOONRISE PHOTOSHOOT (Free) Free

Jon Bretan & Daniel Colón

Wed, Oct 24:
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm

End Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Evening
Night
PE Credit

A full moon will rise at 6:51pm on Wednesday, October 24th (sunset is at 6:20 pm).  We will hike 1.5 miles from school to the top of Lincoln Hill, behind Marin Academy and setup for a moonrise shot.  From the vantage point of Lincoln Hill, the moon should rise behind the microwave tower that sits atop Gold Hill, east across the freeway above Dominican University.  There is also much air traffic that passes over the Bay Area, and, if you’re lucky, you can capture the silhouette of a plane passing in front of the full moon. There a many of opportunities for creative photos!  We will meet in the Circle at 5:30pm and head up the hill to enjoy the sunset and the “golden hour” light. We’ll observe the full moonrise shortly before 7pm, and then enjoy some opportunities for the “blue hour” light after sunset.  We’ll head back down between 7:30 and 8pm, returning to school between 8 and 8:30pm. A camera is not required, but it is highly recommended, along with a tripod and possibly a telephoto lens. This Outing is weather dependent; we won’t go if it is raining.

14 students

AFTERNOON ADVENTURE ON THE PACIFIC PLATE (Free) Free

Liz Gottlieb & Ellie Beyers

Thu, Nov 29:
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm

End Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
PE Credit
Hike
Half Day

Join Ellie Beyers and Liz Gottlieb on Thursday, November 29 for an  adventure on the Pacific Plate. Point Reyes Peninsula has been described as one of the most biologically diverse places in North America.  On this outing, students will hike 3 to 5 miles through multiple ecological communities. Students interested in hiking, geology, ecology, natural history, mushrooms (fungi) or photography would enjoy this outing!  

We will leave school at noon and return to MA at 5:00 pm. Bring comfortable hiking shoes/sneakers, water bottle, snacks, a rain jacket and layers.

6 students

WRITING AND WANDERING… A CREATIVE EXPLORE! (Free) Free

Juliet Dana & Julie Barnes

Sat, Sep 22:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:00 am

End Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Half Day
Morning

What is a creative explore, you ask? Bring your walking shoes and your journal and your curiosity. We will walk until we find a lovely sit spot, create together (write/draw/watercolor…), perhaps share a snippet of what came out, and then move to the next creative location that calls us. You might choose to work on one continuous piece the whole time or create something different at each location. Fiction, nonfiction, letters, scientific observations, and poetry are just a few of the literary tools you might choose. Equally acceptable: drawing, watercoloring, or other creative tools that are device-free and independent. Enjoy a contemplative and creative Sunday morning on a peaceful trail.

All levels of hiking experience welcome. Meet at MA at 8 am. We will be back to school by noon.

8 students

DIPSEA HIKE - MT. TAMALPAIS (Free) Free

Sachi DeCou & TBA

Sat, Oct 6:
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

End Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Full Day
Morning
PE Credit
Stars

The 7.1 mile Dipsea Trail starts in Mill Valley and “dips-to-the-sea” at Stinson Beach. It is also the site of the oldest footrace in America and steeped in history. We will hike the trail and learn about its storied past. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos.

All are welcome! You will need to bring a day pack with water, snacks, a hat, and sunscreen. We will leave in the morning (8 am) and return to campus by 2pm

No experience is necessary. You simply have to be in good shape and ready for adventure.

12 students

YUBA RIVER RELAX AND BACKPACKING INTRO ($90) $90

Avalon Qian & Gerardo Molinari

Fri, Oct 12 to Sun, Oct 14

Start Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm

End Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Wilderness
Overnight
Backpack
Hike
PE Credit

Ever heard of this weird thing people do where they put everything on their back and hike into the mountains, deserts, or coastlines?  Ever been so turned off by the idea that you are actually rather curious as to how people would do such a thing? Or instead, are you really interested in trying it out but never knew how or where to begin?  Or maybe, you love car camping but you are ready to take your time in the trees to the next level. Well this is your chance! On this short weekend trip to the Yuba River we will be learning the basics of backpacking!  We will learn how to pack a backpack, cook on backpacking stoves, proper ways to camp and dispose of our waste, the principles of Leave No Trace, frolic in the clear waters of the Yuba and let the rush of the river lull us to sleep!  4.4 miles of wilderness camping along the river between Purdon Crossing and Edwards Crossing make for an easy and steady three days of backpacking. The first night we will arrive and camp along the trail near the cars, the next day we’ll hike no more than 4 flat miles along the river in search of the next best camp spot.  ALL experience levels are welcome, whether you are looking to hone your skills and learn more tricks or if you are excited to step into the world of backpacking! The crystal like water flows between shining granite rocks to make for a beautiful weekend getaway.

We will depart from MA right after school ends on Friday and return on Sunday around 3pm.  If you need gear, the Outings gear room can outfit you with absolutely anything you might need!

7 students

COOKING WITH FIRE INNING! ($16) $16

Taylor Tan & Rachel Kernodle

Sat, Oct 20:
12:00 am to 12:00 am

Start Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

End Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

Day Trip
Cooking
Food
Garden
“In-ing” (On Campus)

Join us in the MA Garden for an afternoon and evening of cooking over open fire. Not a professional chef yet? No worries! We’ll be teaching cooking fundamentals like knife skills, lighting camp stoves, and the fine art of cooking over open fire. We’ll meet up in the circle on Saturday in the late afternoon and set up camp in the garden. We’ll make a delicious snack, chat, play music, etc. After working up an appetite again, we’ll make dinner, utilizing the fire pit and cast-iron cookware. We can even learn to bake calzone, bread, or cake in the fire pit while enjoying the sunset and telling stories. After dinner, we’ll pack up, and clean up, and head out, leaving plenty of time to finish up weekend homework.

While this outing will definitely have a cooking and eating focus, no prior experience in the kitchen is required. However, a love of delicious food and a willingness to try new things will be essential. You’ll also need layers of clothing, something to eat out of and with, something to drink out of, and a healthy appetite. We will tailor the menu to the likes and dislikes (and allergies!) of the group so we will schedule a lunch meeting for before our inning to discuss options.

8 Students

GARDEN SUKKAH BUILDING AND SHABBAT DINNER WITH JSO ($5) $5

Rachel Richman ‘19, Kaia Schweig ‘19, and Asher Etlin ‘20; with Juliet Dana & Julie Barnes

Fri, Sep 14:
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Start Date: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

End Date: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Day Trip
“In-ing” (On Campus)
Celebration
Cooking
Food
Garden
Evening
Half Day

Did you know that sukkah structures can only have three walls? And did you know that it’s a tradition to shake a lemon-like fruit in six directions on this holiday? Now isn't that funny...

Join MA’s Jewish Student Organization (JSO) for an evening in our abundant, bursting garden to share a meal and prepare for the fall holiday of Sukkot. We welcome both Jews and non-Jews to explore, learn about, and participate in Jewish culture. One of the traditions of Sukkot is to build a sukkah, or temporary shelter made of natural materials including palm fronds and fruits. Why, you may ask? Come join us to find out! Whether you’re very Jewish or Jew-ish or not Jewish at all, you are very welcome.


For this outing, we will be on campus, in the garden, starting by building a sukkah and then having an inclusive Shabbat dinner at sundown. If you’ve never been to a shabbat dinner before, you’re invited! If you’ve had a billion shabbat dinners, come have another one. Dress for cool evening weather, as we’ll be outside the whole time. Please bring some food to share for a potluck dinner — we’ll bring camping stoves, pots, and pans if you want to cook. Also bring fruits and plants to hang from the sukkah. We will provide a main course of pasta and, of course, some challah bread.

We will meet in the garden at 5:00pm, build the sukkah, harvest some garden bounty, cook and eat together, light candles for shabbat, and enjoy a garden evening. You are encouraged to bring musical instruments if you would like to participate in a little shabbat jam sesh. We will wrap up by 9:00pm.

20 students

LAKE TAHOE EXPLORATION ($80) $80

Julie Barnes, Leslie (’04) & David Vieten

Fri, Oct 26 to Sun, Oct 28

Start Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

End Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Overnight
Hike
PE Credit

Come join us for a weekend of Lake Tahoe Exploration!  We’ll hike, we’ll beach walk and we’ll have some good, cozy cabin hang out time.   We’ll take advantage of Friday’s day off from classes and leave from the circle at 9 am.  Friday afternoon we’ll settle into our cabin and check out our surroundings… down to the lake? Up to the hills – we’ll see where the wilderness is calling us.  Saturday we’ll hit the trails for a longer day hike, with the hopes of gaining some altitude to see the lake and surrounding mountains. Saturday evening we’ll return to the cabin, make a delicious meal and enjoy time together.  Sunday morning we’ll wake up, pack up, and head home to allow for ample homework time on Sunday afternoon. Our plan will be to return to campus by 2 pm.

All physical activity will be mellow, though you do need to be able to hike for 8 miles in a day.  We will have a pre-trip meeting to go over specific gear needed, but the outings gear room will be able to supply any gear that you might want.  

Added Bonus: Finley Jean (Julie’s almost 2 year old) will be joining us for this adventure.  She, more than anyone I know, loves being outside J

8 Students

OLE CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE ($125) $125

Juliet Dana & Avalon Qian

Fri, Nov 16 to Sun, Nov 18

Start Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

End Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
OLE
Leadership
Overnight

This trip is a container for OLE (Outdoor Leadership Emphasis) students to imagine, plan and make manifest the trip of their choosing. The coast, the mountains, redwood forests and open meadow are all options – we’ll see where the group’s desires and decision-making skills take them. Over the course of the weekend each group member will try their hand at leading the group as we hone the leadership principles we’ve learned a we continue to explore how our self and group leadership are interrelated. Oh yes – we’ll also eat delicious things, explore beautiful country, and perhaps most important, be together. We’ll leave Friday midday and return Sunday evening.

6 students

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