LEAPYEAR is an alternative first (or second) year of college that combines the best of a gap year with contemplative education. Bringing together international experiential learning with a program of self-inquiry, LEAPYEAR creates a "bridge year" to support students’ conscious transition from high school to collegeLeapyear and development from adolescence into adulthood.

LEAPYEAR includes:

  • First semester: Extended group travel in India/Nepal or Latin America
  • Second semester: A three-month, individual, international internship
  • Four intensive domestic contemplative practice retreats focusing on successfully navigating independent living and self-actualization that bracket each semester of travel
  • Formal and informal Rites of Passage
  • A high level of mentoring to support reflection and integration