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Wayfinding Academy Labs


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 Living life on purpose means not staying stagnant--it’s about stretching your edges, learning new skills, and building on existing knowledge. Wayfinding Labs help you do just that. These 12-hour courses are where our community and college meet to nurture your constant growth. 

There are no anonymous lecture halls here. Instead, expert Lab faculty teach in the “Wayfinding Way”: small group settings designed for lots of discussion and interaction. Learners of all ages join our full-time students for a rich mix of perspectives.

Labs are 12 hour non-credit courses offered at Wayfinding Academy for only $30. Times and dates vary for each class. This term, they are offering the following Labs: 

Locating the Artistic Impulse

In this Lab we’ll consider the artistic impulse and how it aids us in locating ourselves in the world—rooting into our senses. We’ll explore the intersection between the arts, self, and environment, testing out ways of locating and knowing through a constellation of activities and artistic modes such as writing, drawing, meditation, movement etc.

  • Friday, Nov 2: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Saturday, Nov 3: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Sunday, Nov 4: 2:00pm - 5:30pm


Portland: A Deep Dive on Gentrification

What is gentrification? How does it show up in our city, and nationally? What philosophies, ideas, and policies create and sustain it? In this Lab we will explore the history that has made gentrification a reality, the present that continues to support it, the effects it has on longtime Portland residents, and the global forces that contextualize it.


  • Friday, January 25, 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Saturday, January 26, 9:00am - 6:00pm


How to Build A Website

We will be learning how web pages are built and styled by building our own static websites. The course will be targeting beginners who might not be familiar with HTML or CSS, the building blocks of basic web pages. Students will end the class with their own public website that they can use for whatever purpose they want.

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Here is the website with information about dates, times and registration (the first class begins September 8th).