- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: None
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February, September
- Category: Self-Discovery
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Dorm, Other, Tents, Student Apartment
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Gap at Glen Brook is a place-based gap program in New Hampshire that nurtures your sense of purpose through community living and a personal connection with the natural world. We pursue inspiration, interdependence, and involvement on a year-round campus, forest, and farm.
Gap at Glen Brook’s Mission:
We believe that each of us must unleash our authentic identity, craft interdependent capacities, and develop our wholeness to face the complex challenges of our time.
How Do We Do That?
The program is delivered across three two-week “Phases” bookended by four week-long “Intensives.” Phases are times when the group is living on the Glen Brook campus, fully immersed in community activities while crafting skills for a hand-made life—farming, cooking, stewardship projects, and more. Intensives are periods when the cohort is all together and living out on the land, living and learning outdoors, and engaging in a “trip” component be it backpacking, canoeing, or camping.
Intensive I: Orientation
The first Intensive is an Orientation to our time together as a cohort: getting to know one another, setting intentions, and practicing rhythms and systems that allow our group of self-sustain. We make camp in our rustic hilltop cabin village, where we practice the ins and outs of living closely with the land.
Phase I: Foundations
During the first phases, gappers are building the foundations for community living. Gappers engage in a robust food studies orientation, learn about biodynamic agriculture while working on our farm and garden, and put their hands to woodworking and other practical arts. We get to know the folks who call Glen Brook home by participating in community gatherings and work periods. Gappers are getting to know what it’s like to live with their peers in a simple farmhouse, maintaining the space and cooking for themselves daily. All the while, gappers continue their inner work through regular writing and functional movement classes.
Intensive II: Expedition
For the second intensive, we travel off-campus on a canoe expedition on the border lakes of New Hampshire and Maine. Gappers have increased leadership in the planning and preparation for the intensive, as well as co-leadership opportunities each day of the trip. As a group, we paddle and portage through beautiful territory while at once exploring our own inner wilds.
Phase II: Choose Your Own Adventure
In this second phase, gappers create their own schedules, selecting from a catalog of offerings by the Glen Brook staff. We’ve done everything from philosophy class, to glass-blowing, garnet-hunting, bread-baking, and wood-milling—it depends on the semester! Gappers are also expected to sign up for “stewardship” slots, when they work alongside another community member in their food, farming, and/or facilities tasks. Well settled in now, gappers maintain rituals such as cooking for one another, keeping their home tidy, and participating in regular group programming.
Intensive III: Orienteering
By the third intensive, gappers are ready to develop confidence in close proximity with their natural environment. From our tent camp in the woods, gappers will go on map and compass orienteering challenges in units of three. On the last day of the intensive they will be offered the opportunity for a solo challenge. The departure is ceremonious, the experience is unique, and the return is surreal!
Phase III: Deep Dive
In the final phase, gappers engage in an independent, community-contributive project of their choosing. Gappers manage all of their own time, holding themselves accountable to regular benchmarks and preparing to present their project to the wider community. We’ve had a wide range of creative projects emerge from previous gappers—just ask if you’d like to hear some examples!
Intensive IV: Closing
To close the program, gappers embark on a final trip: a hyper-local backpacking expedition they plan, prepare, and lead entirely on their own. When we return from our trip, gappers will have the chance to share with others about their Deep Dive project and host a large-scale farm-to-table meal for the whole community.
From the first day it felt like I was entering a supportive, open community- Erin Phillips, 2015 Gap at Glen Brook - December 10, 2015
Here at Glen Brook I love that we start every day with yoga or meditation. It makes me feel relaxed and prepared for the upcoming activities.- Ben Rosenstein, 2015 Gap at Glen Brook - January 20, 2016
Thank you for a truly amazing semester. I accomplished things I never thought I could have. Through your guidance and compassion I was able to gain a strength and confidence that I don't think I could have acquired without your help and support.- Leah Bloom, 2015 Glen Brook Gapper - November 30, 2015
Gap at Glen Brook has taught me so freakin' much!- Alicia Greco, 2015 Gap at Glen Brook - December 20, 2015