Soul School

Ages: 15-19

June 25-30 (Sun-Fri)

In this 6-day, 5-night summer experience for high school and gap year students, students will explore their personal values and how they show up for themselves and others in community. 


Soul School combines outdoor adventure, creative art and positive energy cultivation.  Students will live at our organic farm campus and visit both the wild nature of the area and our contemplative campus.


In addition to offering fun and exhilarating experiences in nature, this course allows students to hone their internal purpose and direction for life. During this course, students will use a systems thinking lens to investigate an issue they're passionate about from their home-community or discover one while at Cascade Mountain School.  Students will workshop this issue to discover more about themselves and create positive change externally.

Students and staff will live and work on an organic farm, helping with daily farm chores and service projects in the Trout Lake Valley.  Students will have a guided solo-retreat at our Contemplative Campus one evening during the program. 


The course involves reflection, outdoor exploration, health and wellness, activism, and learning about community. 

This invigorating place-based course will leave students connected to themselves, with new skills, and new friends, with inspiration to become positive leaders and change makers in our world. 

Dates: June 25-30

Ages: 15-19

Activities: Systems science, hiking, service learning, farming, waterfall play

Service Hours: Students can receive up to 10 hours of service credit for this course.

Instructors: Emily Martin, CMS Director, and Kaye Jones, CMS advisor and farmer

Accommodations: We will spend four nights camping at Broadfork Farm, our farm campus and a homestead in the Trout Lake Valley.  We will also spend one night at our Contemplative Campus, the Trout Lake Abbey.

Cost: $975 per student ($925 if you register before April 1). Need-based scholarships are available.


Emily Martin

CMS Director

Emily started Cascade Mountain School after realizing it was the perfect intersection of her passions: environmental stewardship, youth education, and experience of the natural world. Emily received her BS and MS in Earth Systems, an interdisciplinary environmental science program, from Stanford University. Before founding CMS, Emily worked for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on ocean conservation issues. Emily serves on the board of the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and is a community grant evaluator for the Oregon Community Foundation.

Kaye Jones

CMS Advisor & Farmer

Kaye's brings her love of the Gorge and place based experiential education to her role as an advisor for CMS.  Kaye has been involved, as teacher and student, in transformative learning for over 15 years, inspired her own pivotal experiences as a student at Audubon Expedition Institute.  Kaye has her MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, where her graduate research focused on ecological design.  Kaye is a proud mother of three.


Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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