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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Peter Chausse

A Massachusetts native, Peter Chausse is a teacher and passionate local historian in Portland, Ore. Though a position with the U.S. Forest Service originally brought him to the Pacific Northwest, Peter is now an instructor at The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. He runs his own small walking excursion business in Portland and enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which he shares his knowledge of local art and natural history.

Wendy Mitchell

A leader in the health promotion field for more than 30 years, Wendy has a master’s in education and psychology and is a certified professional coach. She brings a wealth of experience from her many years of work at the University of California at Berkeley and her role as director of outreach at Oregon Health and Science University, where she advocated for women of all ages and stages of life to take greater personal ownership of their health and the health of their families.

Andrea Crisp

Andrea Crisp is a certified health counselor and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University’s Integrative Nutrition Professional Training Program. In layman’s terms, she is a combined life coach and nutritionist. She is also a certified leader of Hasya, or “Laughter,” Yoga, which combines yogic breathing exercises with our natural ability to laugh, and a certified practitioner of reiki, an alternative form of medicine.

Dr. Larry Sherman

A senior scientist at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Larry Sherman is also a professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. He received his PhD in cell biology and anatomy from OHSU, and joined the Oregon National Primate Research Center in 2002. He serves on a number of national grant review boards, is on the editorial board of the journal GLIA, and is the President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Mich Nelson

Mich Nelson is Free Spirit-in-Chief of Free Spirit Wines, a wine education and custom wine excursion planning company based in Portland, Ore. Mich is a former tasting room manager and private wine educator in the Willamette Valley. She also teaches classes at the Wine and Spirit Archive, one of Portland’s premier wine schools, and is an instructor with Indulge Wine School. Mich holds the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits with Distinction and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences


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