Favorite Schools and Programs

I should have started Goat Waters years ago, when the boys were younger and still suffering through some combination of homeschooling and unschooling.  I didn’t.  Therefore, this is an incomplete record of schools and programs we’ve relied upon.  I’ll start with links and brief descriptions, but eventually I expect to fill out the descriptions with some more personal notes, pros and cons, that sort of thing.  The list will begin with the two cooking schools where Alex takes classes, the Sugar Arts Institute and Zest.  Zest is highly variable and offers classes taught by many local and visiting chefs.  The Sugar Arts Institute is a one-woman institution; it’s world class, and we’re so fortunate to have discovered it almost in our backyard.

Beyond the local, our kids have started to travel around the country and around the world.  The boys have been involved with sailing and diving programs, and that’s just the start.  Between the sons and the daughters, I’ll be adding to this page for many more years.

The Sugar Arts Institute  Alex would probably move into Julie Bashore’s teaching kitchen.  Julie is the founder and master sugar artist behind the Sugar Arts Institute.  Alex has been through her wedding cake decorating class twice, as well as numerous other classes where she’s worked with royal icing, buttercream, fondant, gum paste, cocoa painting, and so much more.

Zest  Alex has taken several courses, plus a week-long ‘cooking around the world’ day camp with Zest.

Seabase  Angus traveled to the Boy Scout’s Florida Seabase for his first sailing expedition.  He wasn’t the first family member to spend time at Seabase.   Three decades earlier, I had completed my Open Water cert dives at Seabase, then started work on the Advanced cert with navigation and night dives.  High Adventure, indeed.

Hurricane Island – Outward Bound  Angus spent three weeks sailing with ‘HIOBs’ as the Hurricane Island program is known.  This was a challenging course in the Atlantic, off the coast of Maine, but the hardships were outweighed by the highlights.

The National Outdoor Leadership School  Drake completed his first NOLS semester in the spring of 2018, roughly 25 years after I spent a similar semester with the school.  Drake is looking to go back again before long.  He was signed up for their Year in Patagonia course, when a once in a lifetime chance opened up with Sea/mester, which caused him to jump ship on NOLS, but only for the time being.  NOLS is recommended, with reservations.  NOLS was a little acorn-crunchy, tree-huggerish when I was involved.  It’s gone whole-hog PC these days.  Brace your kids for this.  NOLS will apparently expel a kid for committing ‘micro-aggressions’ as quick as they’ll boot a kid for doing drugs.  Despite this ridiculous devolution into the victim-glorification culture prevalent on so many US college campuses, NOLS still has a lot to teach about outdoor travel and survival fundamentals.  Go for all the reasons badass Paul Petzoldt started the school: love of the wilderness, of adventure, of teaching the skills to go in deep and get back safe.

Sea/mester Angus & Drake…