Applications are now closed for our July Wayfinder Week. 


FAQ's: Who, What, Where, When, Why + Food

Why Attend?: Because you are a high school student who wants to explore what really matters to you outside the classroom. You want to dig into the bigger questions of life with a staff that is ready to help you answer them. 

What: Our mornings will be spent getting introduced to our Wayfinder Navigation Toolkit. Our afternoons will be experiential: design thinking, wilderness exploration, purpose learning, and some mindfulness activities. See 5-day program here.


Each day of the workshop corresponds to a level of awareness, with the final day serving as a culmination and wrap up day. 


Day 1: Self Awareness.
Day 2: Community Building.
Day 3: Wider World
Day 4: Natural World
Day 5: Design Project Culmination Day

Who: Our staff will include some of our awesome Wayfinder Guides. Student participants must have completed freshman year of high school. Graduating seniors are very welcome.

Where: Most activities will be held on Stanford's campus at the design school but we will be venturing off on some days to local parks for hiking and wilderness navigating training. 

When: The program will run from 10am-6pm each day from July 8th-July 12th. This is a non-residential camp. Students from outside the Bay Area are welcome to join, but they are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Food: Lunch and snacks will be provided, but not breakfast or dinner.

Cost: The program will cost $1049 per person, but we have ample scholarships available. 

Application Process:  Applications are now closed for July 2017.

Any questions please email our Education Coordinator Sonia Doshi at: or see more on our website for this program.

You guys coming in was like the wind for my windmill… it stirred all these things inside of me. It was like the energy I needed to move my machine.
— Raj, 10th grader at ISAK

Our Wayfinder Programs are our core direct service offering, and give students a break from their usual routine to take time to deeply explore and reflect on their lives.

Inspired by the Hawaiian Star Compass, students reflect on anchor points that have gotten them through life "storms."

Inspired by the Hawaiian Star Compass, students reflect on anchor points that have gotten them through life "storms."

The Who, What, Where, When + Why

Wayfinder Programs are held at schools or youth development organizations during breaks, project weeks, intersessions, or alternative spring breaks lasting for 1, 3, or 5 days. Our programs are designed to be a “spark” on a student's journey to waking up in the world and discovering what makes them come alive.

Two months after the Project Wayfinder team have left, their impression and impact on the ISAK community is still felt. Our students are continuing to reap the benefits of pausing and reflecting, and truly understanding they are better people because of these practices. There is no doubt we have grown as a community after our Wayfinder Week.
— Rod Jemison, Founding Head of School, ISAK

From Awareness to Action

The programs are crafted to first help students first develop a better awareness and understanding of themselves. And then students are taught tools and practices to help them take more effective action in the world.

During the week, we also emphasize our 10 Core Wayfinder Characteristics. Each day we focus on 2-3 of them, designing that day’s activities around developing these specific characteristics:

For example, in a three day program, we would focus one day on self-awareness, another on focus outside the self, and the last day on empowered ability to make things happen. You can see that each day we focus on developing three specific Wayfinder characteristics and skills.


What goes into a Wayfinder PROGRAM?

Our programs feature four distinct areas of content: mindfulness education, nature awareness, global citizenship, and design thinking. Research has shown that these four program areas to be some of the most effective means to help students develop a sense of purpose. Each of our teachers has specialization in one or more of these areas of expertise.

Click here to see a sample 5-day Wayfinder Program Schedule.



You can see many more of the activities and tools we used throughout the week on our Wayfinder Navigation Toolkit page.



If you or your school are interested in participating in a Wayfinder Program, please contact us!  We will start booking our 2017-2018 programs in March 2017.

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