previous SABBATICAL

Yosemite National Park

Fall 2018

We partnered with Yosemite Conservancy and Mariposa Arts Council to offer the opportunity to work on exciting projects, and provide affordable destination sabbaticals in and around Yosemite National Park. We were joined by 6 creative professionals from across the country to kick off our pilot program and we are thrilled to share their work and experiences with you.

 
 
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Creatives

For our pilot, we were joined by 6 creatives from across the USA who supported the following types of projects:

  • Visual Design & Illustration

  • Branding

  • Wayfinding

  • Content Strategy & UX Design

  • Business Development & Strategy

Community Hosts

Amble's community hosts are our local partners in sabbatical destinations who are in need of creative services. These organizations are nonprofits and conservancies with a mission to serve, protect, and enrich the communities and natural environment around them.

Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite Conservancy provides grants to Yosemite National Park based on the highest-priority needs of the park. They fund trail and habitat restoration projects, wildlife-protection programs, scientific research and more to preserve and protect Yosemite’s natural wonders and enrich the visitor experience. They also provide Youth in Yosemite programs which transform the lives of youth of all ages, while youth help transform the park.

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Mariposa Arts Council

The Mariposa Arts Council is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County. Their programs and services are designed to benefit the community in a variety of ways, including: supporting the local economy, positively increase the visibility of Mariposa, provide opportunities for collaboration among individuals, organizations, businesses and civic leaders in Mariposa and beyond—to name a few.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
I’ve described it as life changing. Taking the time to focus on some projects, explore new opportunities, shift my everyday, and work with new folks was outstanding. It was inspiring to watch the work others in Amble were creating - whether for themselves or for their community partners.
— BETH
 
 

 
 

Accommodations

Amble offers a one-of-a-kind experience, as well as affordable lodging in private cabins otherwise not available to the public in Yosemite National Park. To provide affordable destination sabbaticals, the Amble program fee includes one-month of lodging at the fraction of the cost for a one-month rental.

 
 
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WAWONA

A few creatives in our Yosemite cohort stayed in cabins managed by the Yosemite Conservancy—otherwise unavailable to the public—in Wawona, a small community in Yosemite National Park.

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Mariposa

Others stayed on a 340-acre old ranch property in Mariposa—a gateway town to Yosemite National Park—which boasts stunning views of the Sierra Mountain range and easy access to shops & restaurants of downtown Mariposa.

 
 
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This was an incredible growth experience creatively and personally. I feel like I was able to face a lot of personal fears and accomplished things on my own that normally feel very intimidating to me.

I had several personal breakthroughs which is definitely a product of having time to step away from both my professional situation and my personal life. I am able to look at situations in life with a fresh perspective.
— KRISTA

the work

 
 
 

 
 
It was an opportunity to dedicate some time in nature and disconnect a bit while taking on a pro-bono project for people, communities, and organizations that seem to truly appreciate the help—and meet some fellow creatives while doing so.”
— alyssa

 
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Sponsor

 

Parks Project creatively connects consumers to parks through quality products, volunteer events, and compelling digital content. A for-profit social enterprise, Parks Project works with over 40 non-profit organizations and serves as a supporting business partner to the National Park Foundation. Every purchase supports a high-priority project in a park, focusing on the areas of habitat restoration, youth education, wildlife conservation, and visitor services.

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additional reading

Read about our Spring 2019 program in the Sierra Foothills!