The Adventures

The season will determine our journey through Portugal. But here are some of the amazing adventures waiting our young explorers:

  • Surf some of the best waves in Europe. Our professional guides will help students of all ability levels learn to surf.
  • Kayak the waters of the Tagus River, past idyllic landscapes and ancient villages.
  • Backpack in the mountains of Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, or along ancient pilgrimage routes in Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres. Students will learn navigation and map reading, along with low-impact camping and survival skills.
  • Canyoneer through the national park’s interior rivers and mountains. Students will learn how to rappel, climb and navigate remote terrain.
  • Sail along the coast of Portugal like the ancient mariners have done for hundreds of years. Students will learn naviational and sailing skills, fish for their dinner and sleep on the ship.
  • Bike 150 kilometers along a former railway route that wanders through magnificent countryside and typical Portguese villages.
  • Horseback ride through Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina. Students will learn the basics of horsemanship, while camping under the stars on desolate beaches.
  • Farming. Our home base is also an organic farm. Students will learn how to grow, harvest and cook healthy food, fresh from our own garden.
Academic:

  • Portuguese language classes
  • Portuguese culture and history
  • Natural history and ecology
  • Navigation and map reading
  • Astronomy
  • Journal writing
Social and Life Skills:

  • Nutrition and cooking
  • Executive functioning training
  • Communication skills
  • Exercise
Therapeutic Skills:

  • Mindfulness and DBT/ CBT skills
  • Family workshop
  • Self-motivation
  • Self-awareness
  • Trauma work
  • Substance use treatment
  • Exposure therapy