I will have the opportunity in March to spend some time with two dozen university students from an urban-east college. Presumably, most will have had little exposure to the rural lifestyle and landscape as they will experience it on their week-long visit to Floyd.
Details are TBA, but it sounds like the original idea is to bring these students, individually and as a group, to some elevated experience of nature and then to guide them to write about that experience in a style that pushes deeper into the senses.I have some knee-jerk misgivings.
I’m not sure how one sends 25 students in mittensÂ outside briefly, with instructions to force a “deep” connection in a strange place (and probably on a chilly-windy March day) and then to come back inside and artificially emote some hurried words onto a page to meet the expectations of the moment.
I’m not saying this can’t be accomplished to some degree, but I do wonder how much any student is likely to return home changed by the experience. They should be changed.