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LEAPNOW: Transforming Education

Calistoga, California, US

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist: it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”
– John Taylor Gatto

LEAPNOW brings the best of gap year travel & adventure into two integrated years of college. Learning is transformed because all aspects of being human (mind, body, emotion, spirit, imagination) are invited and engaged.

This consists of a full academic year of experience, adventure & reflection to cultivate the whole person, including:

  • 10 weeks of group travel in India or Latin America,
  • a 3-month individual internship of your own choosing,
  • 2 months of intensive inner-directed retreats focused on
  • navigating successfully into adulthood, career and job-readiness
  • exploration, a curriculum of Life Skills Learning
  • formal and informal Rites of Passage, and
  • full accreditation & FAFSA financial aid

Organizational Information


11640 State Highway 128
Calistoga, California, US 94515