In an effort to “walk the talk,” we recently created a message for folks attending workshops here at High 5 entitled: How We Gather. We send this out as part of our registration materials in an effort to set the stage for their time with us and prime their readiness to be fully present. Here is that message in its entirety and our message about online gatherings too…

A Word About How We Gather @ High 5

How We Gather At High 5 Adventure Learning Center In Person

A warm welcome awaits you and everyone headed to High 5® in southern Vermont. Over the years, many have arrived as strangers and left with long-term connections in addition to newfound knowledge and skills. We sincerely invite you to experience as much as you can in our time together. 

We continuously reflect on how “Connect, Empower, Lead” plays out in our work as important components within our learning experiences. To create the space to support everyone’s learning, we strive to uphold the following values and ask you to embrace them during your time with us.

Connect, Empower & Lead in Action:

  • Help create the conditions for you and others to be in the present moment.
  • Respect and recognize the worth of each person. 
  • Recognize this is a learning process for you and others, so ask questions, share, and take risks for the sake of learning.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions, we are here for you. Email us at or call 802-254-8718.


Jim Grout

Founding Director 

Virtual Online Gatherings…

The element of choice and individual autonomy is a core value at High 5. Toward that end, we invite you to participate virtually in ways that allow you to be most present. Some norms we ask you to consider:

  • We will not ask everyone to mute, unless it is related to a specific activity, or is by participant choice. We find that remaining unmuted allows for a flow of conversation.
  • We do ask that you find a comfortable spot for the workshop where you are able to have your camera on.
  • We may offer short breaks during our virtual workshops, and should you need to get up and move around during the session at any point, you are welcome to do so.