2007 Special Programs
Travel Programs
Fear
Machu Picchu, Peru
Spain, Land of Contrasts
Local Programs
Book Arts
Digital Photography
Dual-Line Kites
Murals

 
Fear

Instructor: Sarah Kayler

Cost: $600

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
— Franklin Roosevelt, 1933

fearYour heart beats faster and faster, your eyes start to dilate, your mind is racing, every hair on your body is erect, you begin to sweat…fear is taking hold of your brain. This program will bring students face to face with activities that challenge them to confront their fears. Students will gain confidence and do things that they never thought they could. Activities will include a four-hour spelunking tour of California Cavern, the sky swing at Great America, night time hiking, camping, scary movies, bungee jumping, a visit to the Exploratorium's Tactile dome, and others. All activities, while being scary, will also be safe. This program is open to all students who are willing to take risks, not just the daredevil students. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience powerful new adventures as we explore Fear. Several days of overnight camping in northern California will be required. The remaining time will be spent in and around the Bay Area.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Instructors: Trevor Cralle and Thaddeus Lisowski

Cost: $1650, passport required

This adventure traveling trip will journey south, beyond the equator, to the cloud-shrouded mountains of Peru. Slightly smaller than Alaska but the 19th largest country in the world, Peru has a spectacular and varied landscape, as well as a multifaceted cultural inheritance from the great Inca Empire. Without a doubt, a major highlight of this trip will be hiking one of the greatest walks on the planet—the Inca Trail to the archeological ruins of “the Lost City” of Machu Picchu.

peru1We will fly to Lima and from there to Cusco, the former capital and cultural center of the Incan Empire, where we will spend several days acclimating to the high altitude of the Andes Mountains. We will take side trips to nearby sights, such as the Urubamba River Valley (also known as the Sacred Valley), with the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, the Sacsayhuaman site, and the colorful Pisac market. At least one of these day trips will be on horseback. Our five-day hiking journey to the majestic site of Machu Picchu will depart from Cusco and wind through alpine, cloud forest, and high jungle terrain on the way, as well as past the sites of several Incan ruins. The trail itself follows the ancient Incan route, even incorporating miles of paving stones laid down by the Incas many years ago.

peru2We will fly to Lima and from there to Cusco, the former capital and cultural center of the Incan Empire, where we will spend several days acclimating to the high altitude of the Andes Mountains. We will take side trips to nearby sights, such as the Urubamba River Valley (also known as the Sacred Valley), with the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo, the Sacsayhuaman site, and the colorful Pisac market. At least one of these day trips will be on horseback. Our five-day hiking journey to the majestic site of Machu Picchu will depart from Cusco and wind through alpine, cloud forest, and high jungle terrain on the way, as well as past the sites of several Incan ruins. The trail itself follows the ancient Incan route, even incorporating miles of paving stones laid down by the Incas many years ago.

Since this will be a very challenging and demanding trip, it will require preparation. We will all participate in regular group meetings leading up to our departure, during which we will bond as a group and discuss various aspects of the program, such as Latin American culture and customs, sustainable ecotourism, travel journaling, packing light, and healthy travel. Spanish language skills are not required, but we will actively practice and learn enough to earn the respect of the locals. We will carry all of our own gear in backpacks and do lots of walking and hiking. Students should bring an open mind, a flexible attitude, and a good sense of humor. If you are looking for a rich and rewarding adventure, then a trip to South America may be perfect for you. ¡Buen viaje!

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“Something hidden. Go and Find it.
 Go and look behind the Ranges
 Something lost behind the Ranges.
 Lost and waiting for you. Go!”
 —Rudyard Kipling, The Explorer

[The Explorer inspired Hiram Bingham,
who rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911]

 

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Spain, Land of Contrasts

Instructors: Michael Ditmore and Paco Montfort

Cost: $2,200, passport required

spain1With its deep and varied history, its contrasts in terrain and coastline, its vibrant and friendly people, and its fascinating cities, Spain is an education and a thrill. Paco Montfort and Michael Ditmore will lead a special program tour of Spain this year. Both teachers have a long relationship with the country: Paco, a native of Spain, took a student group there three years ago; and Michael spent part of his childhood there and most recently returned to Spain this past summer.

We will start out in Madrid, the vibrant national capital, which will be our home-base for the first half of our visit. The city is full of wonderful and inspiring museums like the world-famous Prado, as well as fine plazas, palaces, parks, and beautiful architecture. From Madrid, we will take day-trips to savor the many flavors of Castilian Spain: we’ll visit the ancient Moorish capital of Toledo, then Segovia, Salamanca, and Ávila, with its intact medieval walls and towers; if we have time, we will walk the entire circuit of Ávila’s ancient walls.

spain2For the second part of the trip, Michael and Paco will whisk the group to Barcelona, the fascinating land of the Catalan people. We will explore Barcelona and take a day-trip to Roman Tarragona, the ancient Roman capital of Iberia Tarragonensis: the largest of the Roman provinces in Iberia. In Tarragona we will see Roman ruins, including the forum and coliseum. We will also take a day trip to the city of Figueres, home of Salvador Dalí’s amazing and very personal museum. In Barcelona we will walk the narrow medieval streets of the ancient Gothic quarter, where we will visit the remnants of the ancient Roman walls of the city as well as its beautiful and intricate gothic cathedral. We will see the amazing and innovative Modernismo buildings of Antonio Gaudí as well as his spectacular Park Güell and the stunning Sagrada Familia cathedral. Other destinations include the new harbor and the impressive Maritime Museum. We also will visit the Picasso Museum, housed in the renaissance palaces of Barcelona’s sixteenth-century aristocrats.

We will fly into Madrid and fly home from Barcelona, spending six days in each city. The trains in Spain are excellent and we will use them for all our transportation between cities. For travel within cities we will rely on the subways, buses, and shank’s mare, so good walking shoes are a must. We hope to stay in apartments in both cities, so we can cook many of our meals with food purchased in the local mercados. The cost of the program includes all transportation, room and board, and cultural fees. Students are responsible for their own souvenirs, extra snacks, and other indulgences.

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Book Arts

Instructor: Anne Marszalek

spain1Cost: $150-200

A reassuring thought for some of us: in this age of unrelenting technology, book arts are flourishing and handmade books are everywhere. In this program, students will first learn the craft of bookbinding—some basic techniques as well as some nontraditional ones. We will experiment with different papers and materials and expand the notion of the book to include unusual structures.

In the second part of the program, the emphasis will be on the book as a one-of-a-kind object. Participants will make one or two personal books, applying their skills to express their imagination and creativity in book form. Being precise and meticulous is a plus to get a highly polished final product, but creativity can usually make up for deficiencies in dexterity. Students are welcome to use their own writing provided that it is short; we will discuss ways to incorporate words into the design, but there will not be time for writing in this program. Readings and one or two visits to local institutions such as the Rare Books Room of the San Francisco Public Library, the Mills College Artists’ Books Collection, or the Center for the Book in San Francisco will provide historical background for bookmaking as well as inspiration.

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Digital Photography

Instructor: Dave Ramin

Cost: $200

digiphotoDuring these two weeks we will learn and practice numerous photographic techniques, look at the work of eminent photographers, visit a few local galleries with a critical eye, but most of all get out and take some noteworthy pictures ourselves. Emphasis is on grooming visual perception, exercising imagination, and getting it down skillfully in pixels. We will be out daily to sites both urban and wild, all nearby in the East Bay, in San Francisco, and in Marin. We will seek to digitally capture vivid portraits, landscapes, humor, wildlife, action, surrealism, magical realism, and social commentary. We’ll explore the use of special effects, computers, papers, and printers. At the end of the course we’ll produce a CD of our collected portfolios and mount an exhibition of our best work at school.

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Dual-Line Kites

Instructor: Dave Kinstle

Cost: $140

duallineThe catch word for this program is “dual-line.” Dual-line kites are also called stunt kites, sport kites, and two-string kites. The central idea is two control lines that allow steering the kite through maneuvers. Kite programs are not new to Maybeck. The late 70’s through early 80’s was Maybeck’s Golden Age of Kites. Large was the adjective, 10 to 16 feet. Visqueen, aluminum, and wood were the media. New materials call for new creations and new designs. The 90’s introduced ultra light carbon fiber, adding strength and flex with minimum weight. Thank the ultra wealthy support to the America’s Cup for spurring innovations in racing sail fabrics. Slippery dyneema/spectra flight lines allow dual line control even when badly twisted together. Thus, new technology begets new capabilities.

Each student will build two dual-line kites and the flight lines, handle straps, transport bags and accessories. If you do not know how to use the sewing machine now, you will learn. We will build each morning and fly every afternoon.

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Murals

Instructor: Sue Matthews

Cost: $250

Since the early eighties, Maybeck students have been painting murals in the hallways to reflect their ideas and times. The murals are one of Maybeck’s unique traditions, and students who paint them have an exciting opportunity to contribute to the school.

brushThe first step is to wash down the walls and put down a fresh coat of white paint. Then we take a trip to visit the murals in the Mission district of San Francisco. We have lunch in a famous taqueria, and come home full of ideas for our own new murals. Next we discuss our ideas before deciding collectively on theme, design, and content. Finally, we scale up the selected drawings and begin to paint.

If you take this class, you will learn a lot about painting, and you will feel a huge sense of accomplishment. You will see your art every day, larger than life, and leave something beautiful for the next several years. We have a lot of fun in the process of designing and painting the murals, and our paintings lift the spirits of all who walk down the halls for years to come. You are welcome to take the class even if you have never painted before.

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