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EARTH SEASONED...#GapYear is the inspiring story of five young urban women who spend a gap year between high school and college living semi-primitively in a remote mountainside wilderness in Oregon. Told mainly through the story of Tori Davis, a teenager with learning difficulties, the film chronicles the group's...
EARTH SEASONED...#GapYear is the inspiring story of five young urban women who spend a gap year between high school and college living semi-primitively in a remote mountainside wilderness in Oregon. Told mainly through the story of Tori Davis, a teenager with learning difficulties, the film chronicles the group's four seasons in the woods as part of the Caretaker nature program. As the seasons succeed, the group has to adapt to what the wildernes...
EARTH SEASONED...#GapYear is the inspiring story of five young urban women who spend a gap year between high school and college living semi-primitively in a remote mountainside wilderness in Oregon. Told mainly through the story of Tori Davis, a teenager with learning difficulties, the film chronicles the group's four seasons in the woods as part of the Caretaker nature program. As the seasons succeed, the group has to adapt to what the wilderness provides and to what it withholds.
Through lyrical live action footage and smartly paced animation, the film reveals how separately and together the girls learn ancient skills of craftsmanship and teamwork and forge deep powers of resilience and self-reliance. EARTH SEASONED has essential messages about talent, compassion and community and about the real conditions for human flourishing.
Diagnosed with learning difficulties, Tori finds her greatest teacher in nature, spending a "gap year" living semi-primitively with four other young women in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
'Tori's story is every person's story. Earth Seasoned: #GapYear shows how full presence in the natural world can help young people, and people of all ages, discover not only the gift of nature, but the special gifts we can give in return to our fellow human beings and to all the creatures on this earth. This is a deeply moving, brightly illuminating and extraordinarily hopeful film.' Richard Louv, Author, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
'Touching, inspiring, and sobering, Earth Seasoned beautifully illuminates what happens to our sense of self, our connection to non-human nature, and our relationship to other humans when we slow down and use our brains and bodies in the ways we are built to do. This film holds lessons for all of us. A great addition to courses in psychology, environmental studies, women's studies, outdoor recreation, and disciplines in which instructors wish to challenge their students to reflect on what it means to be fully alive.' Dr. Britain Scott, Professor of Psychology, University of St. Thomas, Co-author, Psychology for Sustainability
'Earth Seasoned: #Gap Year movingly demonstrates the social, emotional and intellectual educational power of hands-on, developmentally appropriate and meaningful 'learning-by-doing' experience. We see, first hand, that 'education' means so much more than what is generally taught in school today or how so many educators, testers and much of the wider society define it!' Dr. Diane Levin, Professor of Education, Wheelock College, Author, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age
'A terrific video to show the connections of special needs students and the benefits of the outdoor and experiential learning. Earth Seasoned demonstrates the positives of teens taking a time out in nature and unplugging devices in order to live in the present.' Dr. Carrie Jones, High School Division Director, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Science teacher, Middle Creek High School
'Beautifully crafted and often deeply moving...A poignant meditation on humanity's lost communion with the natural world, and how restoring it can revive our sense of wholeness and purpose...Earth Seasoned is also an implicit condemnation of how our dominant social systems, and especially education, can generate deep problems of personal identity and belonging for which our children too often blame themselves.' Sir Ken Robinson, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Warwick, Author, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
'I love how Earth Seasoned weaves together the powerful threads of gender, coming-of-age, and the extraordinary, under-told lessons of the power of nature. This is a tender, magical and important tale for our times.' Florence Williams, Author, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative
'Artistic and unobtrusive...In telling the story of these caretakers, the film innocently critiques the speed, isolation, and efficiency of modern life. For, as the film's central figure, Tori, comes to recognize, it is through slowing down, committing to meaningful relationships, and living in harmony with the natural world, that one can discover the true self, and ultimately find gratitude, and love.' Paul Stonehouse, Associate Professor and Program Director, Adventure Education, Green Mountain College
'Earth Seasoned is simply wonderful. Heartwarming, educational, and inspirational, it reminds us of not only the importance of nature, but how necessary it is for us and our children to reconnect with who we truly are, beings of nature. This is a must see for all educators, healthcare practitioners, parents - and perhaps everyone else.' Dr. Eva Selhub, Resiliency Expert, Physician, and Consultant, Author, Your Brain on Nature: The Science of Nature's Influence on Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality
'This film is a vivid example of how healing nature is and the critical role it plays in the social and emotional learning of children. Beautifully done...an amazing film.' Leesa Carter, Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation
'I think the program is fantastic and important. There's an intense sense of positivity, something which is profound...moving and beautiful.' Matt Ross, Writer and Director, Captain Fantastic
'Earth Seasoned is about human community and community with nature as the healing ground for resilience...This film is for everyone who seeks healing by finding their place in life's larger patterns of interdependence.' Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita, Program in Environmental Design, Faculty Affiliate, Community Engagement, Design and Research Center, University of Colorado Boulder
In March 2018 an international team of scientists gathered in a remote valley in the Canadian Rockies to conduct a unique experiment - to attempt to see into the heart of a massive avalanche to see if we can find ways to save lives in the future. Avalanches kill hundreds of people every year. Even in the UK 25 peo...
In March 2018 an international team of scientists gathered in a remote valley in the Canadian Rockies to conduct a unique experiment - to attempt to see into the heart of a massive avalanche to see if we can find ways to save lives in the future. Avalanches kill hundreds of people every year. Even in the UK 25 people have been killed by these forces of nature since the year 2000. But we know surprisingly little about them - why they happen or how...
In March 2018 an international team of scientists gathered in a remote valley in the Canadian Rockies to conduct a unique experiment - to attempt to see into the heart of a massive avalanche to see if we can find ways to save lives in the future. Avalanches kill hundreds of people every year. Even in the UK 25 people have been killed by these forces of nature since the year 2000. But we know surprisingly little about them - why they happen or how they are able to produce destructive forces so powerful that they can flatten entire villages. Equally disturbing is the fact that climate change means that the pattern of avalanches is changing. They are occurring in places where they have never happened before. Finding out where might be in danger in the future is of vital importance. Answering all these questions could help save lives. The experiment attempts to provide those answers.
The team of experts, gathered from all over the world, includes the programme's presenter Prof Danielle George. Her day job is studying space at Manchester University, but she is also a specialist in the design of experiments. She is even getting personally involved. As part of an experiment to test out safety equipment, Danielle puts on the latest breathing device intended to help you survive being caught in an avalanche. She then agrees to be buried under half a tonne of snow.
The scientists hope to do what no one has ever managed before - to reveal the mysteries of an avalanche's destructive power by finding out what is going on at its very heart. Hitherto, our understanding of avalanches has been based on computer models - but these consistently underestimate the sheer power of these natural phenomena. To try and work out why, the scientists will conduct a range of cutting-edge tests, using the latest technology, including placing a car rigged with sensors right in the path of the avalanche. The plan is to set up the equipment and then unleash the avalanche by dropping explosives near the top of the slope. But the team are in a race against time. They have just three days to rig the mountain before the snow will come down the slope naturally. If they aren't ready in time, all their efforts will be wasted. Even worse, they are working in an active avalanche zone. For some scientists going out on the slopes to install their equipment means risking their lives.
Interwoven with the main experiment are powerful and moving stories from survivors of these violent natural forces. We meet Casey George, whose two children were buried when an avalanche struck the small town of Missoula, Montana, completely out of the blue while they were playing. Their neighbour Fred Allendorf was inside his house when it was completely destroyed. The cataclysm claimed the life of his wife. Missoula had never been struck by an avalanche before. And no one could understand how a well-built house could be utterly demolished.
The film meets British snowboarder Johno Verity, who was being filmed when an avalanche started right underneath him. His story provides clues as to what causes these disasters - a subtle change in the microscopic structure of snow deep beneath the surface. In a unique snow lab, where they can recreate different snow conditions, Danielle discovers exactly how snow can be transformed from something light and fluffy into a potential killer. And there is Elyse Saugstad, an expert skier who, despite years of experience, was caught unawares in an avalanche that killed three of her friends. All these stories emphasise just how unpredictable and devastating these events can be and why we need to understand and so be able to predict them better.
In addition to being buried, Danielle George conducts another experiment into equipment that may help skiers survive being caught in an avalanche. Your chances of living rapidly diminish if you are buried for more than 15 minutes. She conducts a test with an inflatable airbag that is designed to keep you near the surface of an avalanche, making you easier to find.
After two intense days of work by the scientific team, the experiment ends with over 1,000 tonnes of snow rushing down the mountainside. It triggers a whole host of censors and observational equipment. There is then a tense wait for results. But when they come, they are revealing. It seems that the team may have uncovered the first clues to an avalanche's unexplained power. If so, this could one day lead to significant breakthroughs in how we build houses and infrastructure that may lie in an avalanche's path and in how we devise safety equipment for skiers. It could be that this experiment will help save lives in the future.Show more Show less