Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences is here!

By Kael Shipman 14 January, 2014

The Crossroads group at Junglewood Falls in the Mamoní Valley Preserve Nathan Gray leading the group at Junglewood Falls A practice session at the Comedor Bella Porter with flowers in her hair Earth Train's wonderful hospitality staff A presentation about Earth Train and the Mamoní Valley Preserve Líder Sucre leading a hike to La Zahina A centipede Jeremy Alexander MacKenzie Kugel Bella Porter Shea Welsh, Sol Fagenson, Bella Porter and others from Crossroads and Earth Train The whole Crossroads group, plus Líder Sucre Shea Welsh Evan Avery Zack Sekoff Bella Porter MacKenzie Kugel Shea Welsh getting schooled by some kids in La Zahina Catriona y Catarina Zack Sekoff on the bucket Evan Avery on his trumpet Taylor Mackall, MacKenzie Kugal and Zach Tabori Earth Train's Raúl Mezúa on guitar Taylor Mackall and MacKenzie Kugal Bella Porter Earth Train's Kael Shipman plays "Gracias a la Vida" by Violetta Parra

Earth Train, through our arts-and-nature program Junglewood, hosted the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences during the week of the Panama Jazz Festival. We were honored and thrilled to have these extraordinary young performers in from Santa Monica, CA for this week of music and exploration. They are accompanied by the guitarist and executive director of Junglewood, Shea Welsh; Crossroads music teacher Evan Avery; and Spanish teacher Molly Cavallaro.

To start the week off, we spent three days and two nights at Earth Train's Centro Mamoní in the Mamoní Valley Preserve. We introduced the students to the location of the future Junglewood sustainable artistic and cultural community at the eastern entrance to the Mamoní Valley Preserve. Led by Earth Train's naturalist and co-executive director Lider Sucre, they took hikes through the back-country to visit a few very special spots in the Preserve. On the last night, after a long day of hiking, the enchantment of Junglewood reined as all of us took up a variety of instruments, including an improvised bamboo pipe drum, to create unforgettable music inspired by Nature.

It was truly an honor and a joy to have the Crossroads students and teachers with us this week. We thank them all for being such wonderful guests and Junglewood partners.

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