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Getting Wild at Ventura College Fall 2017

November 4, 2017


Since 2012 I’ve included Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild as a book club option for my students. And each year they create a blog and do a project. One of the project options is to do a book trailer or other video related to the book’s content.

Wild definitely lends itself to the book trailer idea and this semester a group in each class took on that challenge. I am sure you will enjoy the blogs and videos from my 1pm class Getting Wild and my 4pm class,  PCT Hiking.

In “Getting Wild,” Camille and Mattias ask:

Why Read Wild?

  • it can help you appreciate nature
  • connecting with the wilderness helps you reflect
  • she has great philosophical insight
  • if you love reading about crazy chismè
  • it puts life in perspective
  • the book will make you thankful for things we often take for granted
  • embraces the impact of creating a connection with the natural world
  • helps align all of your inner chakras

They offer up their reviews and this beautiful and funny video where both Camille and Mattias portray Cheryl Strayed:

The other group created two videos, one about trail angels

and another about some “Trail Magic” they did:

They also interviewed a 500+ mile 2017 PCT hiker and more –check it out!


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  1. November 5, 2017 11:20 am

    Ms. Strayed’s accomplishments are truly remarkable. Along the same lines, the story of Grandma Emma Gatewood is equally inspiring. She became the first woman to solo thru-hike the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse. As if that wasn’t enough, she went back and did it TWO more times — making her the first person to hike it three times. She then hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail in 1950 to celebrate Oregon’s Centennial. Eden Valley Enterprises and FilmAffects have been documenting her life and recently completed an Emmy-nominated film, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY about her. You can find more information about her at

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