Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
At this time three weeks ago, we were packing up our backpacks or kayaks and beginning an adventure outside of the confounds of the Chewonki Foundation campus in Maine. Judging from the smiles and animated storytelling upon our reunion, I feel confident in saying that everyone learned a lot about themselves and each other during the trip. Our goal for the trip was for the students to engage in a wilderness experience to help build resiliency and leadership skills by struggling through challenges and learning how to plan ahead. Those of us who staffed the trip went in with the intention of stepping back and allowing the students to learn and lead, and, in my opinion, the trip was a success. I can only hope that all of the students feel the same way.
Last week I received an email from Katie, the Program Director at Chewonki. Attached to the email were personal letters to each of the students from their leaders. I continue to be impressed by the professionalism, experience and heart demonstrated by the Chewonki leaders and without their cooperation completing our wilderness goal would not have been possible.
Beneath you can find a gallery from our time at Chewonki as well as a video created by Global Studies teacher Nick Martino. Thanks again to everyone at Chewonki for making our expedition such a wonderful adventure!