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Quest Utah

May 13-22, 2014

Spend 12 days immersed in the wild landscape of South Eastern Utah learning about your creative self, the relationship you have with place, and understanding how creative culture is inspired from particular landscapes.

The coursework will combine field lessons through the vastly different terrains of South-eastern Utah exploring both National Parks, Monuments and BLM land with readings, insitu makings and temporary installations. The goal of this combined coursework is to help participants recognize uniquenesses in similar landscapes and how their creative perspective provides an active role in the things each participant makes. A special emphasis is placed on how we understand and experience the natural world, and how these experiences tie our creative expression to social and environmental considerations. Readings will assist by providing a cultural context to these environments drawings from writers who have spent time in the very landscapes we will explore. Documentation and discussion of the work created by participants in Quest will assist in the evolving criticality of the their creative work and their ability to talk about their ideas as well as the ideas of others.

Who should participate in Quest Utah?

Anyone who's interested in refining and understanding their creative process, who is in a creative field, or would like to pursue a creative profession or work, including design, architecture, landscape architecture, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, writing, and Environmental and Land based sciences.


Quest combines fully coordinated day hikes with directed camping and some hotel stays in order to provide the best immersive learning experience. Cost of meals,* transportation, tents, entry and camping fees, and hotels are included in the tuition price.

*does not include meals while at hotels.

Cost of Quest Utah

$2525 per person, includes 3 transferrable accredited university elective credits from Montana State University

$ 2300 per person, no-credit needed option

$50 Fee, If you want to fly into Salt Lake City for Quest Utah we can shuttle you (if it matches our travel schedule) to the start point of the program and drop you back at the Salt Lake City Airport. It's the most affordable option if you need to fly into Utah.


Lori Ryker, P.H.D
Executive Director / Instructor
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Day 1: St. George, meet and depart
Day 2: Bryce and Koda Chrome Basin
Day 3: BLM immersion
Day 4: Arches (Hotel)
Day 5: Arches (Hotel)
Day6: Canyonlands
Day 7: BLM immersion
Day 8: Escalante Uplift/BLM Immersion
Day 9: Grand Staircase Escalante (Hotel)
Day 10: Zion
Day 11: Zion
Day 12: Return to St. George (Hotel)

*Itinerary may change due to weather and changed access.

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Best Consideration Register by March 1.
Registration Closes May 1

Upon registration acceptance a $1000 deposit is required.
Full payment for Quest Utah must be received by April 1.

With Completed Registration and deposit you will receive confirmation and a full description of the course itinerary and what you need to bring with you.

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