Department - Author 1

Social Sciences Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Social Sciences



Primary Advisor

Stacey Rucas


Taos Ed. Ventures is an outdoor guiding company that will be offering backpacking trips in Taos, New Mexico to high school and college students, with ages ranging from 16 – 29, starting the summer of 2015. Along with backpacking skills, the philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Taoism will be taught while on the trail. To teach these philosophies, a pedagogy was created, combining aspects of Sentipensante and Contemplative pedagogies that seeks to teach the daily applications of Zen Buddhism and Taoism through experiential and innovative learning methods, such as journaling, meditation, and mindfulness practices. The benefits of these alternative learning methods will also be discussed through the use of online articles and peer reviewed journals. The philosophies are expansive and only certain aspects will be taught to students for the sake of time and for a desire to keep it simple. Specifically, the aspects that seem most applicable and beneficial to the lives of young adults will be the focus. The goal is for students to exit the trip with a clear, if limited, view of Zen Buddhist and Taoist practices and, in doing so, examine and reflect on the way they perceive the world and themselves.