Spectacular Sedona

History and Hiking, Magic and Myth

November 1 - 9, 2017

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Spectacular Sedona – History and Hiking – Magic and Myth is a nine-day adventure unlike any other. Limited to 12 participants, Spectacular Sedona will surround you with magic – Indian history, “Hollywood of the West” cinema history, breathtaking hikes through canyons and creeks, and so much more. You’ll enjoy fine food, great art galleries, and gorgeous accommodations.  Physical fitness for hikes of four hours/six miles will be needed.

The accommodations – the Best Western Arroyo Roble – are outstanding, with each room’s balcony looking out onto jaw-dropping red rock cliffs. And it’s still swimming weather – you’ll have your choice of three pools (two outdoor and one indoor) and, for those with thick Wisconsin blood, one fabulous “swimming hole” in Oak Creek, a short walk from your door.

But don’t get too comfortable – we’ll be hiking! Our “classrooms” and “lectures” will be out on the trails – spectacularly beautiful trails! But understand … Sedona hiking is serious hiking, with some rocky terrain beyond anything in the Midwest. We’ll start slowly in order to adjust to the 4,500-foot elevation, then gradually increase our distances. Be prepared to hike two to four hours (three to six miles) at a time. Sneakers (even those sturdy sneakers you swear by) are not adequate and, for our hiking, they are not safe. You must wear lug-sole (black sole) hiking boots (even in the store, they should feel very comfortable – the higher the ankle support the better) and use hiking poles. (Bring your own boots, but each participant’s tuition covers a pair of hiking poles and a two-bottle fanny pack you’ll be able to take home. Please let us know if you will be bringing your own poles or packs; if so, your tuition will be reduced accordingly!) 

Still, don’t let us scare you away.  Spectacular Sedona is designed by experienced Björklunden presenters for Björklundeners—adults and senior adults. Even if you have never hiked strenuously before, Spectacular Sedona may be just right for you if you are physically fit. And Spectacular Sedona will introduce you to the fundamentals of serious hiking in a manner that is user-friendly, fascinating, and utterly delightful. You will gain a lifetime sport, and you will have fun doing so – it’s required! 

And oh yes, you’ll need plenty of fuel for these fabulous days. Spectacular Sedona’s cuisine is special, and the lunch/dinner sites are extraordinary – from picnic lunches at creek sides, to sit-down dinners in southwestern-elegant dining rooms, to desserts at America’s most unusual Dairy Queen. 

Early November weather is gorgeous! Deep blue-sky days will be in the 70s; nights will plunge into the 50s – no bugs, no rain, no pain – well, maybe a little, but you’ll have two hot tubs to soothe your weary hikin’ bones. 

The attire? Sedona is rather formal – most people wear clothes; and for formal dining, you must wear clean socks to match your T-shirts and jeans.

Your facilitators: Charlie and Karen Schudson
Back by popular demand, Charlie and Karen have presented nine Björklunden seminars in the last 12 years. Now, for the second time, they’re taking Björklunden to Sedona where they’ve hiked extensively for more than 25 years and lived since 2009.

Before semi-retiring to Sedona, Charlie and Karen lived in Milwaukee. Karen was a psychotherapist, specializing in marriage and family therapy and executive coaching. She now is a life coach helping hikers overcome acrophobia and guiding retirees in their fulfilling new “careers.” She serves as chair of the Sedona Synagogue’s Social Action Committee. Charlie served as a state and federal prosecutor, a Wisconsin trial and appellate judge, and an adjunct professor of law at Wisconsin and Marquette. From 2009 thru 2014 he taught at law schools abroad on a Fulbright Fellowship. He volunteers with the National Forest Service Trail Patrol and is a certified member of the Sheriff Department’s Search and Rescue unit.

For more information please contact Mark Breseman at mark.d.breseman@lawrence.edu or 920-419-6675.


The Magic of Spain

History, Art, and Architecture

December 7 - 19, 2017

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Spain is located on the beautiful Iberian Peninsula in southern Europe and it boasts an amazing variety of landscapes, from the majestic Pyrenees mountains near Barcelona to the beautiful vegas and olive groves of the Guadalquivir Valley in the south, as well as some of the best beaches in Europe. Spain is a modern and dynamic country with a friendly, industrious and culture-loving people. Traces of Spain’s millenary cultures include famed prehistoric art, remains of ancient Phoenician and Greek settlements, impressive Roman architecture, stunning medieval fortresses and cathedrals, breathtaking Moorish palaces and mosques, magnificent Renaissance and Baroque edifices, elegant Neoclassical museums containing some of the best art in the world, and layer upon layer of cultural treasures from the ensuing periods to the present day.

The country has a riveting and complex history that encompasses high points of social harmony—Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted peacefully in cities like Toledo, Córdoba and Seville during the middle ages—and times when the Spanish crown and the Catholic Church became synonymous with territorial expansion and religious persecution. The 20th century witnessed one of the most recent instances of tension between “las dos Españas,” the two Spains. A brief period of modernization and democratization in the early 1930’s was truncated by a violent civil war and the prolonged fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Echoes of the war and Franco’s regime still reverberate in today’s political discourse, collective memory and cultural production, even four decades after a peaceful democratic transition. You will learn  a great deal about these interesting historical episodes and their present significance during special tours in Madrid and Barcelona. You will also hear about recent political developments and social debates in a country that has struggled and worked hard to recover from the devastating financial crisis in 2008. You will be able to compare the American and Spanish political systems and chat about how their respective societies are dealing with new political forces and global events.

Your Facilitators

Dr. Rosa Tapia
A native of Spain, Rosa Tapia is a professor of Spanish language, literature and film at Lawrence University. She was the recipient of the Young Teacher Award in 2005 and more recently the Award for Excellence in Advising. A former Posse Mentor, Tapia currently serves as Director for Faculty Advising and organizer of the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival. Her scholarship includes a book on Catalan literature, a volume on Latin American cinema, and various other national and international publications. Tapia’s current classes include topics on Spanish literature from the 19th to 21st centuries, Spanish and Latin American film, and Spanish politics and media. She has also given talks in the Freshman Studies and Lunch at Lawrence lecture series, and she taught the “Wines and Cultural Readings from Spain, Argentina, and Chile” seminar at Björklunden. Dr. Tapia has lived in the US for over two decades and she travels back to Spain twice a year to work and present on her research, and to stay in touch with her Spanish roots.

Dr. Steven E. Landfried (’66)
An internationally known educator, conservationist, group facilitator, and photographer, Dr. Landfried has received a variety of fellowships and awards for his work. His articles and photographs about diverse topics have been published around the world. A history major at Lawrence, he developed a life-long interest in international affairs, the legacy of colonialism, and the catalytic effects of the Spanish Civil War on World War II. The founder of the Wisconsin H.S. Model U.N., Steve's contacts with Lincoln Brigade volunteer, Clarence Kailin, led to his taking Spanish Civil War tours in Madrid and Barcelona in the last two years. His five week-long seminars at Björklunden on diverse topics have been well-received.

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