Wild Gentle Ones; A Turtle Island Odyssey
The Ropes Course Experience
Rainbow-Irwin believes that one of the best ways to raise young peoples' self-esteem,
confidence and social development skills
is to immerse them in experiential, cooperative, hands-on experiences in the
outdoors or other alternative environments
that challenge youth mentally, physically and spiritually.
addition to field trips taken to San Bruno Mountain, to study its native flora
and fauna, and Yelamu Indian history, Twin Rainbow-Irwin has exposed his students
to the Ropes Course philosophy. In such natural settings, says Twin-Rainbow
Irwin, " youth, who in traditional public school settings are designated
"learning disabled", turn out to be just as curious, imaginative,
creative and responsive to direction and instruction as any other youth in the
so-called normal mainstream community. The expressions on their faces, the nature
of the tasks they're undertaking says it all."
Twin Rainbow-Irwin ("Mr. J."), 2nd fr. left; with his students
the Trapeze Scaling
Rainbow-Irwin's students take the dare to explore untapped aspects of who they
are and what they are capable of.
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