Archive for November, 2010

MSI Gears up with Programs


Mountain Spirit is advertising in Wisdom Magazine, and Spirit of Change aiming at people who might be at a crossroads in their life, or simply wanting to try a new challenge, or learn something new.

A non-profit educational organization

Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle program will be held in Northern Vermont next spring at a peaceful retreat center, focusing on the personal – sustainability and health. Learn how to plant a garden, the basics of yoga and meditation and of course time for relaxation in a beautiful place.

Drumming Jamaica program taught by well-known instructor Bob Bloom will be held in Treasure Beach Jamaica from Feb. 7-11. There will be about 20 hrs of instruction with plenty of time to explore the beaches and local culture. Lodging will be at the Calabash House.

New Zealand: Our other base. We will be based on the South Island near the Southern Alps. Aimed at active travelers but with flexible offerings, depending upon your interest and focus. Options are trekking, glacier travel, rock climbing, or simply walks and getting into the lessor known areas of the Wanaka and Queenstown area, with options of other parts of South Island depending  upon your availability, interest and energy. Be ready to step out and see something new.

For more info, see our website:

MSI Presents at Education Conference


MSI Founder Randy Richards and fellow board member Bob Stremba presented a workshop at the 38th Annual International Conference of the Association of Experiential Education in *Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference was loaded with keynote speakers, meetings, networking , and other events and activities, although the workshops are its foundation.

Outdoor instructors, program managers and administrators traveled from as far away as Japan and Ecuador to be at the conference.  Attendees that attend the workshops are rejuvenated and inspired to delve deeper into their practices.

Richards’ and Stremba’s workshop was about introducing spiritual practice into experiential education, and was well attended.


Krag shows video of his father, Willi Unsoeld

Bud Wilson of Sacred Passage, and Krag Unsoeld of Washington State (who also presented, see above) attended and added to the conversation during the workshop. This year the association featured over 120 workshops. For more information on AEE see their website at or Mountain Spirit’s website at

* A strange place for outdoor educators to meet. More on this in another post.
For more on Willi Unsoeld.

Jamaica Drumming Feb. 7th-11th, 2011


Mountain Spirit will be hosting a beginning drumming program in Jamaica at Treasure Beach  from February 7th-11th at the Calabash Lodge. The program will be taught by well-known drummer & teacher Bob Bloom.

Learn Drumming, in Jamaica

Says Bloom,” This program is based in an oral tradition method of teaching music. this workshop conveys basic skills to play hand drums from the cone family: djembe, ashiko,and conga. You’ll take home ways to create rhythms that you can enjoy playing to the catchy beats of rock & roll, funk, boogie, swing, African, and folk songs.”

Bloom’s certification as a Master Teaching Artist was awarded by The Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 1997. He is chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of
The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world. For over a decade, Bob performed as a member of Dr. Babatunde Olatunji’s troupe
“Drums of Passion”, and as a faculty assistant to Olatunji for his “Language of the Drums” courses at The Omega Institute.

Mountain Spirit Institute board member Cindy Heath and author Henry Homeyer will host/facilitate the program. Participants will stay at the Calabash House Lodge and the group size will be kept small.
MSI is also practicing sustainable and responsible tourism by offering discounts for local residents of Jamaica who would like to attend the program. Also a portion of the program tuition will go to local schools in Jamaica to benefit the students there.If you are interested in joining us, please visit our website and contact us for more information at or 603-763-2668.

Changing Educational Paradigms


Krag Unsoeld from Washington State, sent this video link to me yesterday, and I found it inspiring. Thanks Krag.