2018 Upper School Interim Brochure

Interim provides opportunities to get out of the classroom to learn by doing, through exposure to new ideas, experiences, and environments. Interim trips span the gamut from artistic pursuits to community engagement and wilderness expeditions. Immersion in a unifying trip concept broadens student’s skills, knowledge, and awareness.

Interim Goals:

  • To practice physical and emotional resilience
  • To cultivate student agency through trip planning and leadership
  • To practice community values and service to others
  • To learn via exploration and personal initiative
  • To collaborate and problem solve

Here are the practical details parents should know:

All Upper School Interims will take place Monday, May 28-Friday, June 1, 2018. Once students have reviewed trip descriptions, they should click on the registration link (student login required).

At this time, we do not need any of the trip-specific waivers signed. We will collect those after Interim placements have been completed.

Additional Information:

  • Attendance on Interim is mandatory. Please do not schedule appointments during Interim.
  • Interim registration is final, and changes are made only for medical emergencies.
  • Take into account the general health of your child. Some medical conditions or poor fitness should lead you to place certain programs as a low choice. To participate in the canoeing Interim, students must be able to swim.
  • Students should not repeat an Interim.
  • The cost of Interim is included in tuition.

Thank you for reviewing all these materials and discussing possible options with your child. If you have any questions that I can be helpful with, please do not hesitate to email me at forbes.cone@coloradoacademy.org.

Available Trips:

To view trips, simply scroll down or click each trip for more information.

  1. 5280 Amazing Rally
  2. A Chip Off the Block
  3. Aerial Acrobatics
  4. Are You THREADY for This?!?
  5. Art House Movie
  6. Backpack Rocky Mountain National Park
  7. Be an Archaeologist
  8. Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness Backpacking
  9. Blacksmithing
  10. Build a Re-Tree-T
  11. C3: Camping, Climbing, Canyoneering
  12. Canoe the Canyons
  13. Ceramics in the City: Art for Philanthropy
  14. Desolation Canyon Whitewater
  15. Duckies
  16. Exploring the Canyonlands
  17. Fly Fishing the Front Range
  18. Get Your Kick On
  19. Gourmet Heaven
  20. Hut-to-Hut Backcountry Skiing
  21. Into The Woods…and Back
  22. Kickboxing
  23. Makerspace: Wearable Design
  24. Photo Road Trip
  25. Raft the Colorado
  26. Rock On!
  27. Shoshoni Yoga Experience
  28. Ski Building
  29. Swashbuckling
  30. The Wonderful World of Glassblowing
  31. Ukulele U
  32. Woodworking and Design


5280 Amazing Rally

Trip Leaders: Luis Terrazas and Angel Vigil
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Angel Vigil

5280 Amazing Rally - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

How well do you really know Denver? You can still see, hear, and even taste the city’s rich history through its architecture, food, and infrastructure. Join us on a journey through Civic Center/Capital, Five Points, Auraria, Union Station, and Larimer Square, where we will delight in good food and uncover details of the city’s complex past. Each morning we will meet at Union Station, where Angel Vigil, our guide, will provide a series of challenges—all designed for fun and competition—that will culminate with good food and prizes. Bring your devices and CA will provide RTD passes. We’ll take care of the food.


A Chip Off the Block

Trip Leaders: Bob Clagett and Molly Mullen
Location: Marble, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendors: Beaver Lake Lodge and Cabins and Greg Tonozzi, Marble Sculptor

A Chip Off the Block - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

The tiny town of Marble, Colorado, located at the southern end of the Crystal River Valley that runs north to Carbondale, was once a bustling marble-mining community whose quarries produced much of the marble that was used in government buildings in Washington, D.C. and statues all over the world. More recently Marble has become an active artists’ colony, with several marble sculptors designing works of art from the marble quarry. Under the instruction a local sculptor (who has been described to us as “an eccentric mountain gnome”), we will learn the art of marble sculpture, along with the history of the valley and geology. There will also be some hiking opportunities in this gorgeous valley.


Aerial Acrobatics

Trip Leaders: Kathleen Law and Emily Perez
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Aerial Cirque Over Denver

Aerial Acrobatics - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Have you ever dreamed of flying through the air like Peter Pan? Want to learn acrobatic techniques like a Cirque du Soleil performer? Did you enjoy Middle School Circus or attend circus camp? Are you looking for a way to hone your balance, strength, and agility? Aerial Acrobatics Interim will give you the chance to try aerial trapeze, lyra (hoops), silks, and slings all in a safe, supportive environment suited to beginners and advanced aerialists alike.

At Aerial Cirque Over Denver, students will learn the basics of aerial acrobatics as well as how to choreograph, direct, and perform a piece for an audience. The performance will take place at the aerial studio on the last day of interim, and it will include roles both behind the scenes and in the air.

While no experience is necessary, if you have participated in and enjoyed Middle School circus, or if you are a climber, this Interim will play to your strengths.


Are You THREADY for This?!?

Trip Leaders: Lisa Todd and Jane Kelly
Location: Centennial, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Joann Fabric

Are You THREADY For This - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Do you love puns? Would you like to learn how to make practical and unique items? Backstitch, baste, zigzag or blind hem—you can do it all on this Interim. Learn (or review) important sewing techniques, including sewing machine basics, fabric selection, reading sewing patterns, making a casing, hemming, and how to add a zipper. Students can choose to make a variety of sewing projects, including apparel (PJ pants, skirts, dresses, neckties), accessories (tote bags, shopping bags or clutches), and gifts (pillow cases, sleep masks, luggage tags, aprons). No matter what you choose to create, you’ll end the week with tangible evidence of your sewing prowess! Materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own machines. This is a hands-on, engaging Interim that teaches life-long, practical, and problem-solving skills.


Art House Movie

Trip Leader: Gwylym Cano
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: N/A

Art House Movie - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Students will explore an intriguing social issue through discussion and Forum Theater. The exploration will result in a short “acto” or skit that will then be translated to a screenplay. Students will produce, shoot, and edit the film.


Backpack Rocky Mountain National Park

Trip Leaders: Ross Holland and Miten Patel
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | High-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Kent Mountain Adventure Center Guides

Backpack Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

This is a multi-day backpacking adventure into the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. We will begin and end the week at KMAC headquarters in Estes Park. Students will take ownership over the planning process under the supervision of local experts. The park will provide everything an outgoing CA student could dream of: snow, mud, alpine vistas, blisters, campfire camaraderie, ramen noodles, and high fives. In other words, the gnar. The exact route will be determined by weather conditions in late May. In addition to backpacking, students will learn introductory rock climbing and mountaineering skills.


Be an Archaeologist

Trip Leaders: Barry Simmons and Lisa Dean
Location: Cortez, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Be An Archaeologist - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Want to be an archaeologist? Imagine discovering a 1000-year-old pottery sherd while excavating, documenting its exact location, and carefully packaging it to be analyzed upon return to the lab.

Now you will learn the basic techniques, concepts, and theories of archaeology in relation to Ancestral Puebloan cultures from professional archaeologists and excavate, recover, analyze, and interpret objects from the newest dig at Crow Canyon.

We will sleep in hogans in our sleeping bags, eat our meals in Crow Canyon’s dining hall, and spend our days in the field excavating sites inhabited by Ancestral Puebloans. We will not simply learn about archaeology. We will do it.


Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness Backpacking

Trip Leader: Paul Augustus
Location: Fruita, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-to-high intensity physical activity
Vendor: Expedition Backcountry Adventures

Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness Backpacking - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Knowles Canyon is a technical and challenging backpacking route within the Black Ridge Canyons, just to the west of Fruita, Colorado. Over the four-day trip, students will descend the canyon, toward the Colorado River, and eventually return to the trailhead, approximately 30 miles out-and-back. Along the way, you will learn to cook meals over a camp stove, set up a tent, navigate using a map and compass, and learn other outdoor living skills. No prior experience backpacking is required for this Interim, but a great attitude and a willingness to work hard and be comfortable with discomfort is a must. Don’t worry, your effort will be worth it as you travel through some of the most peaceful, beautiful, and arid canyons in Colorado!



Trip Leader: Jonathan Ender
Location: Pine, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Dragon Forge LTD

Blacksmithing: The Untold Challenge - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Prepare to be amazed! This isn’t a skill you get to learn every day, but is a skill that you will remember for life! This Interim is more than hitting a piece of metal on an anvil in front of smoldering hot coals. We’ll laugh, tell funny stories, and make great memories. It’s hard and rewarding work that will give you a strong sense of accomplishment when you’re done.

Each day you’ll drive up to the Dragon Forge studio, in Pine Junction, Colorado. Work with owner and son, Craig and Rory May, who are first- and second-generation blacksmiths and one of Colorado’s top blacksmithing vendors. Forge your metal into tapers, twists, and intricate crooks to make functional pieces of art! Also, learn to weld and make your own artistic creation while you’re there.


Build a Re-Tree-T

Trip Leaders: David Colodny and Rory Butler
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: N/A

Build a Re-Tree-T - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

On his website, professional treehouse builder Pete Nelson says, “Treehouses lift the spirits. They inspire dreams. They represent freedom: from adults or adulthood, from duties and responsibilities, from an earthbound perspective. If we can’t fly with the birds, at least we can nest with them.” Even the most accomplished treehouse builders had to start with small projects, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing when we design and construct a treehouse on campus. During pre-Interim meetings and the week of Interim, we will study the basics of treehouse design and construction, learn how to use a variety of power tools, become familiar with building materials, and then spend the week constructing a treehouse on campus.


C3: Camping, Climbing, Canyoneering

Trip Leaders: Erin Gray and Peter Horsch
Location: Moab, Utah
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-to-high intensity physical activity
Vendor: Moab Desert Adventures

C3 - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Come camping, climbing, and canyoneering in beautiful Moab, Utah! We’ll spend a day canyoneering through a rock maze with lots of scrambling, beautiful views, and several rappels. Then we’ll spend a day rock climbing, including knot tying, belay skills, footwork, and climbing techniques, while climbing some of the most famous crack-climbing in North America. We’ll also hike through parts of picturesque Arches National Park, and learn about Leave No Trace camping. While no experience with climbing, camping, or canyoneering is required, participants should be excited to spend an entire week outdoors.


Canoe the Canyons

Trip Leaders: Elliot Chase and Aaron Thomas
Location: Green River, Utah
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc.

Canoe the Canyons - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Are you ready to, as the explorer Major John Wesley Powell eloquently stated, “fill in the last white space on the map?” On our Interim, we will re-trace sections of Powell’s 1869 route exploring sections of the Green River by canoe, paddling a spectacular forty-five-mile section from Crystal Geyser south of Green River, Utah, as it winds towards Mineral Bottom, just north of Canyonlands National Park. Between the town of Green River, Utah, and Canyonlands National Park is part of the longest stretch of quiet wilderness water in the lower 48 states. The twisting, looping river winds its way between sheer, colorful sandstone walls measuring hundreds of feet high. Vast canyon systems and water channels branch in all directions, inviting hiking and exploring, as well as providing excellent camping, On our Interim we’re fortunate to be going on the adventure of a lifetime, but with the safety and guidance of one of the leading canoe trip outfitters in the western United States, Centennial Canoe Outfitters.


Ceramics in the City: Art for Philanthropy

Trip Leaders: Julie Wei and Sara Purviance
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Ceramics in the City

Ceramics in the City: Art for Philanthropy - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Do you love to create art with your hands? Or has it been awhile since you’ve made art and you’re ready to try something new? Embrace the chance to get creative and make art for a good cause! We will be working with the local studio, Ceramics in the City, to paint pottery, hand build ceramic pieces, glass fuse, and paint on canvas. Some items will be auctioned to raise money for the Horizons program at CA.

Students will learn more about art as a vehicle for philanthropy, and how artists are beneficial to society. We will also learn more about the Horizons program specifically, and how interested students can get further involved after Interim is over, if they wish.

Each day, there will be different projects to create, with the help of an experienced art instructor. You will become versed in a variety of mediums: silk screening on pottery, glass, and fabric. We will score, nip, and run glass in our section on glass fusing, making sun catchers and plates. Bubble painting is a fun way to create designs by blowing bubbles in paint. Students will also build ceramic masterpieces out of clay, learning to make pinch pots and roll coil pots, which will be glazed and fired. No artistic experience is necessary!


Desolation Canyon Whitewater

Trip Leader: Steven Hammer
Location: Green River, Utah
Level: No experience necessary | High-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Sheri Griffith Expeditions

Desolation Canyon Whitewater - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Spend a week camping in Desolation Canyon outside Moab. With our guides from Sheri Griffith Expeditions, we will travel in two-person inflatable kayaks down 84 miles of the Green River, experiencing fifty class I-III rapids. We will work as a team navigating the rapids, setting up and taking down camp every day, and exploring the canyon through various day hikes.

Exposed layers in towering canyon walls will give us a Grand Canyon experience. Additionally, we will see various wildlife: from day lizards sunning themselves, to eagles and hawks soaring in airstreams amidst the canyon walls, to deer and coyote moving along the river’s edge.

All students are welcome to register for this program; no kayak or whitewater experience is necessary. Be mindful that we will be outside in the elements twenty-four hours a day, and there will be regular rigorous physical activity. Therefore, the success of this Interim will be 90% dependent upon the positive attitude of the entire group. No single participant is successful unless the entire group is successful. Students who are gung-ho adrenaline junkies will make this trip spectacular!



Trip Leader: Jessie Skipwith
Location: Dotsero to Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Renaissance Adventure Guides

Duckies - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

This epic whitewater adventure will take you from zero to hero in five days. Spend a week on the water and camping in Deep Creek Canyon outside Dotsero, Colorado. With our guides from Renaissance Adventure Guides, we will travel in inflatable kayaks down 37 miles of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. We will work as a team navigating the rapids, setting up and taking down camp every day, and exploring the canyon through various day hikes.

All students are welcome to register for this program; no kayak or whitewater experience is necessary, but students will be physically challenged. Additionally, they learn a new skill of kayaking and how to read a river.

Students also learn geology and study the fragile ecosystem of the canyon and how wildlife is sustained there. Most equipment will be provided. Participants need only provide personal items, all other equipment will be provided by Renaissance.


Exploring the Canyonlands

Trip Leaders: Mike Davis and Ali Kittle
Location: Canyonlands, Utah
Level: High-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Mike Davis Adventures!

Exploring the Canyonlands - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

This is a physically demanding interim experience that will take you into the heart of wilderness in southeastern Utah. This involves scrambling and climbing over difficult terrain, as well as rappelling off of cliff faces. While Canyonlands and Moab are popular spots for exploring the Utah desert, far fewer hikers venture down to the contested Bears Ears National Monument, the location of our journey.

Just west of Blanding, Utah, Bears Ears is home to the greatest concentration of ruins of the Ancestral Puebloan peoples. Well-preserved rock art and structures abound. Students will learn important technical skills when traveling in canyon country, including navigation and survival skills. We will camp in the remote backcountry. This is a unique trip that is as inspiring as it is challenging.

Important Disclosure: Students who sign up for this trip cannot have a fear of heights as we will navigate and climb numerous exposed cliff ledges and faces. Further, students should be prepared to hike up to 10-12 miles a day on land that does not have established trails.

The reward for your hard work is a one-of-a-kind experience to see archeological sites that few have laid eyes upon. As Thoreau once said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”


Fly Fishing the Front Range

Trip Leaders: Stuart Mills and Chris Roads
Location: Various locations in Colorado
Level: No experience necessary
Vendor: N/A

Fly Fishing - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Do you like to commune with nature? Do you like the sound of a river flowing past you? Do you like to find yourself alone with just your thoughts in the solitude of the Rockies? Or maybe you just want to look like Brad Pitt landing the huge trout in A River Runs Through It. If any of these things appeal to you, then this is the ideal Interim for you.

We’ll practice casting and tying on flies. We’ll talk about river etiquette and the nuances of river current. We’ll fish the South Platte River in majestic Elevenmile Canyon, angling for beautiful brown and rainbow trout. We’ll also fish the “Dream Stream,” one of the most famous stretches of gold medal water in the American West.

We’ll set up camp on the South Platte River in Elevenmile Canyon. There are deer and elk aplenty in this area of Colorado, so we should be able to see much more than the fish we catch (and release!). Come, and you too will be “haunted by waters…”


Get Your Kick On

Trip Leaders: Suzie Jekel and Lindsay Beatty
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary
Vendor: Easton Training Center

Get Your Kick On - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Kickboxing is growing in popularity as a form of exercise and martial arts. There are several forms and styles that all boast similar benefits, such as greater cardiovascular health, stronger muscles and joints, and mental toughness that aid in all areas of life. In the mornings of this Interim week, we will work with award-winning Muai Thai and self-defense coaches at Easton Martial Arts in Arvada. Each afternoon, we will eat lunch at a healthy restaurant and then engage in meditation, restorative yoga, hiking, and yoga nidra. We will work hard in the mornings, eat well, and rest well every day. If you are interested in challenging yourself, not only physically but mentally, Get Your Kick On is the Interim for you!


Gourmet Heaven

Trip Leader: Brigitte Debord
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: The Seasoned Chef Cooking School

Gourmet Heaven - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Indulge in a healthy and delicious culinary experience at the award-winning Seasoned Chef Cooking School. For five days you will experience the joy of cooking and eating a wide variety of impressive meals. Working in a modern home kitchen, you will be directed by an experienced and dynamic professional chef, Dan Witherspoon. You will learn to prepare gourmet meals and basic techniques for cooking that will give you the edge in the kitchen. Our program will include knife skills, preparing delicious soups, salads, dressings and sauces, pastries, making homemade Italian specialties including handmade pasta, Mexican dishes, and Asian dishes. You will receive a complete recipe packet to take home so you can impress your friends and family, in your own kitchen, recreating all the yummy dishes you learned to prepare during the week.


Hut-to-Hut Backcountry Skiing

Trip Leaders: Forbes Cone and Katy Hills
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Level: Some experience necessary | High-intensity physical activity, MUST be a blue/black diamond skier
Vendor: N/A

Hut-to-Hut Backcountry Skiing - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

The hut-to-hut backcountry ski interim will travel between three huts over five days: Tagert, Friends, and Lindley. We will travel five to seven miles through deep snow, on alpine touring skis, carrying heavy packs with five-days of supplies, to a rustic cabin in the Maroon Bells Wilderness near Aspen, Colorado. This trip will require teamwork and determination: to move one foot in front of the other during the long trek between huts, to help a struggling classmate, and to embody the mantra “what can I do to help?” Most of the Interim is above treeline, with expansive views of Pearl Mountain and Star Peak. So, if you are looking for ADVENTURE and a trip to test your ENDURANCE, this is the Interim for YOU!


Into The Woods…and Back

Trip Leaders: Daniel Lopez and Jon Vogels
Location: Golden, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: N/A

Into the Woods...And Back - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Over the course of the week, we will choose, plan, and complete local hikes along the Front Range. Guided by information from the Sierra Club and Jeffco/Boulder Counties Open Space, students will learn more about the trails to which they have easy access, as well as the variable flora and fauna of these areas.

In the early sessions of pre-trip meetings, students will study local hiking options and make appropriate selections. The students will work in small groups to prepare, plan, and ultimately lead the hikes, with support and supervision by faculty.

Challenges and risks are typical of outdoor activities in Colorado: athletic injuries, weather, and transportation from CA to the trailheads. This Interim allows students to get out and experience the wilderness that is literally in their backyard, as well as develop leadership skills and environmental awareness. There is also the possibility of planning at least one outing for disadvantaged youth.


Makerspace: Wearable Design

Trip Leader: Chris Marchetti
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Silicon Stem Academy

Makerspace: Wearable Design - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

In partnership with Silicon STEM Academy, we will explore the emerging world of embedded electronics and microprocessors that are all around us, monitoring, measuring, sensing, and helping to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds. Students will learn about microcontrollers and electronics with an all-in-one board that has a variety of built-in sensors and outputs–it’s called the “Circuit Playground Express” by Adafruit.


Photo Road Trip

Trip Leaders: Jesse Myers and Sarah Rockford
Location: New Mexico
Level: Experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: N/A

Photo Road Trip - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Quick, grab your camera. Toss a change of clothes into your backpack. Add some extra batteries. Memory cards. Snacks. A map. Now pile into the car and hit the road. What lies ahead? Adventure. Inspiration. A change of energy, and some totally incredible experiences. The journey is often more important than the destination—especially on road trips. We will be heading south through New Mexico, stopping in Santa Fe, Roswell, White Sands, and possibly Carlsbad Caverns. If you do not enjoy aimlessly wandering with your camera, this is probably not the Interim for you. Is there anything more fantastic than a road trip?

Previous photography experience required: Freshman/Sophomore – 1 trimester of photography, Junior/Senior – 3 trimesters of photography


Raft the Colorado

Trip Leaders: Gabe Bernstein and David Frankel
Location: Ruby/Horsethief Canyons, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Rimrock Adventures

Raft the Colorado - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure on the border of Colorado and Utah? If yes, then this river trip is for you! This rafting trip on the Colorado River just west of Grand Junction will consist of Class I and Class II rapids. We will wind through Ruby/Horsethief Canyons providing stunning views of sandstone canyon walls, sandy beaches, and great opportunities for short day hikes. We will be camping each night along the river with food provided by our Rimrock Adventures guides.


Rock On!

Trip Leaders: Martha Smith and Austin Harvey
Location: Various locations near Denver
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Colorado Mountain Club

Rock On! - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

This trip will lead us up canyon walls as we rock climb in various locations around Denver. In search of our own perceived limits, we will seek to discover the best within ourselves. We will be challenged physically and mentally as we start with the basics and work our way to student-run climbs. Our climbing journey will take us to the Canal Zone in Golden, Lookout Mountain, Clear Creek Canyon, and Castlewood Canyon (daily locations subject to change). Learn about various dimensions of rock climbing, from the geology and science behind it to the personal challenge and the techniques involved. No experience required, though experienced climbers will find plenty of challenges.


Shoshoni Yoga Experience

Trip Leaders: Kimberly Jans and Sonia Sitja
Location: Rollinsville, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Medium-intensity physical activity, requires intermediate level mental toughness
Vendor: ShambhavaYoga Shoshoni

Shoshoni Yoga Experience - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Let’s start with a disclaimer: If you are looking forward to listening to loud rock music as you jump back and forth on bunk beds, this Interim is not for you. We will be staying at an ashram, a sacred meditative space. The trip to the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat will broaden students’ awareness and mindfulness of themselves. Each day students will participate in three and one-half hours of Shambahava yoga/breathing and one to three hours of temple meditation and Sanskrit chanting.

Other organized activities will include an introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism, one hour of daily service (Seva), and an Ayurvedic (vegetarian) cooking class. Put simply, you will just become a working part of this beautiful mountain ashram community.

Be prepared to reach outside your comfort zone with sunrise and sunset temple and meditation practices, join in a unique sunrise ancient fire ceremony, and eat all delicious vegetarian food. To enhance the experience cell phones will be kept by the chaperones. Students should return from this experience with greater self-awareness and techniques for living a healthier, less stressful, and more mindful life.


Ski Building

Trip Leader: Sean Gallup
Location: Crested Butte, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary
Vendor: Community Skis

Ski Building - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Imagine this… You’re skiing in the backcountry or at the resort, and a stranger notices the custom design of your skis and asks, “Where did you get those?” and you respond, “I made these myself and designed the top sheet.” If you join the Ski Building Interim led by the amazing instructors, Michael and Kristin, from Community Skis, you’ll have those conversations with strangers and carve turns on skis you’ve manufactured with your own hands.

There are three main parts to the ski-making process: material prep, building the skis, and the finish process. At the end, it all comes together—your understanding of ski design and manufacturing, and having built something beautiful with your hands. You’ll check the flex, eye the camber/rocker profile, take a step back, and admire your creation.



Trip Leaders: Maclain Looper and Courtney Engle
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary
Vendor: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Swashbuckling - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

Swashbuckling: To engage in daring and romantic adventures with ostentatious bravado or flamboyance. From Inigo Montoya and The Princess Bride, to Èowyn and Kylo Ren, these immortal fictionalized wielders of the sword were brought to life by actors skilled in the art of swashbuckling and versed in the techniques of stage combat. Join us for a weeklong foray into the world of the sword at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Rehearsal Studios.

You will spend a week clashing and slashing your way through your classmates using real (yet safe) weaponry, performing sensational acts of bravery, dying glorious deaths (because there really isn’t anything much more fun than an ultra-dramatic, fully fictionalized death) and living to fight again! Our week will culminate with a fully choreographed, totally awesome fight scene. Also, we’ll be commingling with the urban throng while enjoying lunches on 16th Street Mall! Why? Because you’ve already imagined yourself holding a lightsaber, samurai sword, or rapier and staring down your mortal enemy…because you’d love to show your friends what a true badass you are…because you simply want to look awesome while holding a sword. Yes…to all of it. You know you want to…


The Wonderful World of Glassblowing

Trip Leader: Andrea Eckler
Location: Lakewood, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: The Furnace: a Glassworks

The Wonderful World of Glassblowing - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

The art of glassblowing is a fun and challenging adventure in which students can shape objects to their desire, exploring various shapes and vibrant colors to make their visions come to life. Students will work one-on-one with professional glass blowers to learn to heat and shape molten glass, and to understand the intricacies that are involved in safely creating beautiful works of art. Glass blowing has been practiced for centuries by many cultures, from ancient Romans to modern times. Glass can take many forms, from functional objects like drinking glasses to complex sculptural pieces. Join us and add your artistic twist to history.


Ukulele U

Trip Leader: Holley McBroom
Location: Denver, Colorado
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: Orthwest Studios

Ukulele U - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

The mighty ukulele is one of the most versatile, portable, and fun instruments around. From its origins in Hawaii in the 19th century, the ukulele has become increasingly popular in recent years. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play this fun, take-anywhere instrument, or if you do know how to play it and want to learn more about how instruments work, this is your chance to build a wooden stringed instrument to call your own. We will work with an expert luthier (stringed instrument builder) on campus exploring all aspects of ukulele construction. Our goal will be to complete a playable concert-sized ukulele from both raw materials and some parts prepared in advance. We’ll learn the basics of stringed instrument construction and all about ukuleles. You’ll assemble the body, shape the internal braces, shape the neck, install the frets, and more. The course will be oriented to students without woodworking experience, and will definitely be challenging and require focus and attention throughout the week. At the end, we’ll learn a few chords, and fill the halls with tropical tunes to end the school year!


Woodworking and Design

Trip Leaders: Maria Garcia and Meg Hill
Location: Denver-area and CA Innovations Lab
Level: No experience necessary | Low-intensity physical activity
Vendor: N/A

Woodworking and Design - Colorado Academy 2018 Interim

During this hands-on experience, you will be asked to rethink how chairs and stools are designed and crafted. Through the process of learning about and exploring design, you will begin to see the uncommon beauty and unlimited possibilities in a common utilitarian object. By combining your acquired design and building skills with your unique creativity, you will make a chair or stool in addition to a one-of-a-kind cutting board.

As with any great creative project, a bulk of the time will be spent in the studio. You will learn a variety of design and woodworking techniques, including mortise and tenon joinery, with the goal of crafting unique pieces and acquiring skills that can be applied beyond this week-long Interim experience.