Earth Seasoned...#Gap Year 2017
Distributed by Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-FROG (3764)
Produced by Anne Lundgren and Molly Kreuzman
Directed by Molly Kreuzman
DVD, color, 75 min.
High School - General Adult
Date Entered: 09/07/2018Reviewed by Barb Kundanis, Longmont Public Library, Longmont, CO
Looking for an alternative to the traditional school environment, five young women take a gap year in the Coyote Trails School of Nature Caretaker program. The film focuses on Tori who shares her hopes for the experience. We also hear from the lead instructor Joe Kreuzman, a caretaker graduate instructor Amanda Smith and Tori's parents. Divided into the four seasons, we observe the rhythms of this life.
Tori had felt closed out at school socially and copes with ADD and Dyslexia. A close friend had "ended it" after being bullied. This program offers a break and a chance to build self-confidence and teamwork. The group use hand tools to build small shelters and collaborate on a larger one for the winter. While not practicing hunting and gathering (they go to town to buy food), they do learn survival skills.
Tori is very upbeat and the year is beneficial to her. While we do not hear the other women's perspectives, they do go on to successful future endeavors. This type of study seems ideal for students who prefer a "hands on" type of learning and enjoy nature. While a gap year may not suit everyone, it is an intriguing option.