La Vida Wins Best of North Shore 2023 Best Kids’ Outdoors Program

In a record-breaking year for votes, Gordon College is excited to announce its signature outdoor program, La Vida, won the Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice awards for Best of North Shore (BONS) 2023 Best Kids’ Outdoors Program by Northshore Magazine.

No One Leaves the Woods Unchanged

From 1996 until present day, a group of independent researchers have put outdoor orientation programs (OOPs), aimed at helping first-year students transition to college, to the test. En masse, they interviewed 36 trip leaders and 1,581 participants to see not only if they had changed, but to determine how.

La Vida’s Secret Recipes: What Makes Freako Butter and GORP Taste So Good?

In celebration of La Vida’s 50th anniversary, La Vida Director of Education and Program Development Nate Hausman unveiled two of La Vida’s iconic secret recipes—GORP and Freako Butter.

A FRAME for Living Well

For Dr. Navid Mahooti, the physical challenges of a La Vida expedition reveal the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Now he promotes tenets of those lessons to patients, helping them live “better, fuller lives.”

The Tools to Grow

Habits Monika Pfistner ’13 formed through La Vida beckon her outdoors beckon to find originality in her wood and floral design business and to be present in God’s creation.