"Some of the students are afraid of what will happen once
they leave the woods. Which is why today, in a cozy classroom yurt whose bare
wooden tables and sparse bookshelves are more Little House on the Prairie than
Ivy League, Adirondack Semester program director Cathy Shrady is helping 12 St.
Lawrence University students brainstorm about how they'll cope with their
return to the "real" world.
There's talk about slowing down, taking more walks,
gathering for reunion dinners, and continuing to use "sound-cue reflection"-an
exercise that involves taking three deep breaths and pausing to reflect when
they hear a self-designated trigger sound (a bird's call, maybe, or a twig's
snap). Some hope to reach out to the unenlightened: "Face-to-Face, Not
Facebook" is the slogan they propose for a poster, or possibly a line of