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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: 

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

Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic

Baffled by budgeting? Struggling to figure out how to save money while going to school? Terrified about your impending student loans? Want to figure out when it's too early to plan for retirement? Lillian Karabaic, host of the Oh My Dollar! podcast and author of the cat-filled purrsonal finance workbook Get Your Money Together, will walk you through money management in a friendly and glitter-optional class. You'll walk away with a concrete plan for your money, a lot more cat memes in your life, and knowing more about Roth IRAs than you thought possible.

Get Your Money Together Meets:

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

Live Your Dream Life with Prashant Kakad

Get ready to open your heart & your mind to a new way of seeing & being. You will kickoff this Lab with a dance workshop, Bollywood style. Prashant will then draw upon his journey from an Intel Engineer to a touring DJ & share practical insights that he has picked along the way. There will be readings, exercises during the Lab & assignments in between them designed to gently bring you closer to the edge of your comfort zone. You will finish this Lab feeling more inspired to express yourself fully in all walks of life.

Life your Dream Life meets:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

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