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Beginning in 1973, Susan St. John was a sea instructor for 30 years with the Outward Bound School, which was then based on Hurricane Island. She taught teens, women over 30, families, executives, and Vietnam Veterans on land, but 90% of the time in the pulling boats.
Susan will show slides and speak about experiential education, including her experiences at Outward Bound and creating the book To Sail Beyond the Sunset, which contains stories and photographs from 100 people associated with the school. She will engage with questions from the audience.
St John lives in Owls Head in the house she designed and built 40 years ago for her late husband, Bob Rheault, with whom she worked at Hurricane Island. There they raised their now-grown children, Nicholas and Alexis St. John-Rheault.
“I wake up every morning and, if it isn’t foggy, look ten miles across Penobscot Bay to Hurricane Island. It is a touchstone.”
Susan’s formal education includes a BA from Bennington College in literature and a Masters in Architecture from Yale University. To Sail Beyond the Sunset is her first book.
This presentation is the 2nd in a series of 8 hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit our web site: camdenyachtclub.org.