Posts Tagged ‘Laura Jean Whitcomb’

Small VT School Uses Debriefs to Foster Classroom Wellbeing


Article on Bullying and Communication

Thanks to Laura Jean Whitcomb, publisher of Kid Stuff for letting us reprint this article about a ground-breaking move by a small school in central Vermont,  The Willow School. One look at the their website almost has me rethinking our departure for New Zealand this fall, and instead,  having our young son attend the school!

Outward Bound mandatory for all young people?

Like legendary Headmaster Dave Fowler at  Proctor Academy in Andover, NH where he pioneered incorporating Outward Bound principles of experiential education and community building into the school’s fabric in 1971,  it sure looks like the founders of the Willow School are doing the same thing for younger students. The article below covers what will hopefully be incorporated in many schools across the U.S. and abroad.   In New Zealand as well, (where we’ve been living), bullying appears to be a problem.

Proctor’s experiential model

I’m reprinting this article in hopes that it will fall into the right hands of school teachers and administrators.  During my 15-plus teaching years at Outward Bound, the debrief and reflection were key to a successful outcome for the students, and helped insure some strong “takeaways” that they could use as life skills.  In fact, Outward Bound Professional Development courses also incorporate these basic techniques (more…)

MSI Covered in Magazine Article


“Vacations with a Purpose” Cover Story writes about Mountain Spirit Institute’s work in NZ/Peru
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"Vacations with a Purpose" Cover Story

An article recently appeared in New Hampshire’s Kearsarge Magazine about Mountain Spirit Institute by writer Deb McKew. It  can be read on our Press Clips Webpage, as an excerpt from the magazine. Click on the first listing at the top of the page.  We encourage you to purchase this good read of a magazine if you’re in the New Hampshire, USA area.  Publisher Laura Jean Whitcomb does a great job with the magazine.

The article has a shot of MSI founder R. Richards doing a bit of ice climbing on a glacier in Mt. Aspiring National Park, and covered Mountain Spirit’s core mission of getting people connected “with themselves, each other and the environment”,  where we “combine experiential wilderness programs with spiritual development”.

Richards near Mt. Aspiring, NZ

As the article states, “some programs are solely wilderness based while others are workshop based.”

The article informs readers of the educational programs and unique nature of  MSI mission of getting people out of their native countries and into the mountains and cultures abroad. Being a non-profit organization, MSI strives to bring people of different backgrounds and countries together, to learn about  new ways to work together, and to re-examine one’s role in the natural environment, and in the world community.