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Hands-On Hopi Pottery at Capitol Reef National Park

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Program #20698RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
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Devon from Shoreline, WA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/20/14
Devon Rickabaugh 4 programs attended. The best program I've attended. A wonderful combination of learning about Hopi pottery, making and decorating our own pottery under the skilled guidance of Hopi potters Alice and Caroline who shared their culture and experiences with us. Leaders Gary and Sandy Nielson worked tirelessly organizing trips to stunning Capital Reef National Park, creating and serving gourmet meals.The week culminated with Alice, husband Mick, and Caroline firing our pottery in the traditional Hopi way. Very satisfying from beginning to end.

Bronnie from Roslyn, NY Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/20/14
Hands on Hopi Pottery is the gem of Road Scholar programs. The Hopi people share their gentle, generous ways and pottery making is an expression of this culture. Gary and Sandy worked tirelessly to meet every need and succeed they did. Every detail was impeccably executed. Give yourself a gift and enjoy this week of wonder!!!

Elizabeth from Andover, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/28/13
Beth from Andover, MA
Number of programs attended: 2
Date Attended: 09/22/13 - 9/29/13
I can't imagine a better trip! Gary and Sandy were absolutely amazing as our guides, thinking of everything any one of us could possible have needed while also catering our 3 meals a day, seemingly without effort. Alice and Caroline, our Hopi pottery teachers, shared their talents and culture with love. Fascinating. One of the best trips of any kind I have ever taken.

Barbara from Montebello, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
A program not to be missed. The Hopi people are so gentle and kind, they just take you into their heart. I definitely want to see them again. They so willingly shared their pottery making techniques and made sure everyone went away with something nice to remember the trip by. Gary and Sandy worked so hard and did the most remarkable job of tending to our needs and the big surprise was gourmet meals, three meals a day. I would take this course just to eat their food. Spectacular scenery on top of it all. Thank you Gary, Sandy, Alice, Caroline, Mick and Mike, for providing me with the most wonderful week I've had in a long time.

Beth from Altamonte Springs, FL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
This program provides a unique experience not only to learn about the art form of Hopi pottery, but also about the rich culture of the Hopi people. Alice and Caroline were wonderful pottery instructors and storytellers! Both provided us with the opportunity to create some unique pottery to take home. As we drove to the program location at Capital Reef National Park, we were amazed by the magnificent gorges, reefs and rock formations. Gary and Sandy, our group leaders, provided us with delicious, gourmet meals during the week. This program in one not to be missed.

Maria from Davis, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
What a wonderful program. Gary and Sandy are such wonderful facilitators for this craft event. They were both so attentive to our needs and planned this Hands on Hopi Pottery class to perfection. Alice and Caroline, our instructors were very helpful in helping us make Hopi pottery. We all walked away with some beautiful pieces. We all agreed that the food prepared by Gary and Sandy was worth a 6 star rating. You will not be disappointed in the quality of this program.

Mary from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
I enjoyed my week learning with a Hopi family. They were warm, eager to share stories about their culture, and even more eager to share their art, pottery making. I learned a great deal from they. I now have a new appreciation for their culture and their art. I want to learn more. Mary Keller, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Caroline from Mankato, MN Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/20/13
C. from MN.
I agree with the other reviews; this was one wonderful program! So well planned, a great learning, and I truly enjoyed all the group members.

Ronald from Boulder, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/20/13
The pottery making was a vehicle through which we had an introduction to the amazing Hopi culture. The clay is transformed into a fond memory that will last a lifetime. Alice and Caroline were wonderful. Their talks brought the Hopi culture alive. The grandeur of Capitol Reef can only be believed by seeing it in person. Also the food was excellent. Gary and Sandy's hard work payed off with meals that required long walks to enjoy the fantastic scenery. An amazing balance.

Monique from Rockville, MD Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/20/13
What a good program !All details planned extremely well by our coordinators. Plus very good quality of food and lodging.
I have been happy to discover the Hopi culture , learn to make my own hopi pottery but also watch the whole firing process . all extremely interesting .thaanks to our devoted Hopi teacher ,
The beautiful view from our conference room was matching the relaxing and friendly atmosphere of this program. .The scenery of our easy hike at Grand Wash. Is magnificent. I also like the discovery of petroglyphes , museums and videos on geology and Hopi culture.. One more excellent program.

Sharon from Carmichael, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/20/13
I haven't worked with clay since 3rd grade (55 years ago), and I was able to make a lovely "Hopi" pot. My hope was to make an okay pot. It was a wonderful experience.

Gary from Carmichael, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/20/13
Alice and Caroline were wonderful. In addition to teaching how to make the pottery they taught us about the Hopi culture. The food that Gary and Sandy catered was great!!! You will gain weight on this trip. The motel had a wonderful view out the conference windows. It snowed and we were able to get great pictures of the snow covered red cliffs. Can't promise that it will snow for your trip.

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"Bernie telling stories to our Hopi teachers, Alice and Caroline" Uploaded By: Maria

"Fire built outdoors, the Hopi way" Uploaded By: Maria

"pottery covered with Sheep dung. Very hot fire." Uploaded By: Maria

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"Group hike to Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park." Uploaded By: Gary

"Here is one happy Road Scholar participant all smiles being able to take home her beautiful pottery." Uploaded By: Gary

"Alice Dashee, our Hopi Pottery Instructor discusses the sacredness and traditions of not only pottery but cultural aspects as well." Uploaded By: Gary

"Second batch after firing." Uploaded By: Gary

"First batch of Hopi Pottery is done!" Uploaded By: Gary

"Now we wait 5 hours while the pottery cooks with intense heat." Uploaded By: Gary

"Stacking dried sheep manure (traditional Hopi method) over our pottery." Uploaded By: Gary

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"Our first batch of Hopi Pottery ready for firing." Uploaded By: Gary

"Using traditional Hopi symbols the pottery is getting ready for firing." Uploaded By: Gary

"Painting our pottery with paint made from wild spinach." Uploaded By: Gary

"Now polishing with smooth river stones passed down for generations." Uploaded By: Gary

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"Finished with the molding process and now go explore Capitol Reef National Park while it dries!" Uploaded By: Gary

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