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Transformative, Challenging, Inspirational, Forever: The Moondance Experience

September 21, 2023

In a world brimming with opportunities, certain experiences stand out as genuinely life-altering. Moondance Adventures goes beyond the ordinary, positively transforming both participants and leaders alike. As I reflect on my second summer leading for Moondance, I am struck by the profound impact this community has had on my life and the lives of those I’ve had the privilege to lead.


Imagine embarking on a journey that not only tests your limits but reshapes your entire outlook on life. Moondance offers just that – a chance to step out of your comfort zone and into a world of growth and self-discovery. I have witnessed firsthand as a leader how the Moondance experience instills a growth mindset, inspiring a heightened sense of confidence in each participant’s ability to overcome unfamiliar challenges. What makes Moondance so special is the culture. What you’ll find is a community of unwavering support and an expectation to jump outside of your comfort zone to find self-growth. Pair this with exhilarating adventures, authentic relationships, and a life transformed, and Moondance will forever carry a piece of Moondance with you.


A core component of Moondance’s transformative power is the emphasis on pushing boundaries and embracing the unfamiliar. Moondance isn’t just a summer adventure; it’s a catalyst for lasting change. As I reflect on the relationships I’ve formed during my Moondance journey, I’m struck by their depth and significance. They are bonds that carry over into everyday life, forever enriching my experiences and providing a support system of individuals who share similar core values and a commitment to living life to the fullest. 


Moondance gives you belief that propels you into a world of possibilities. Moondance expands your leadership capacity, but also shifts your perspective on life itself. It teaches that leadership isn’t just about guiding others; it’s about creating moments that resonate, moments that become touchstones for the rest of people’s lives.


Moondance stands as a testament to the power of making a difference in the lives of others. As a leader and participant, Moondance has the capacity to alter life’s trajectory for the better, inspire greatness, and to remind us that life’s most treasured moments are often found on the path less traveled. I am forever thankful for the transformative summers I have had with Moondance, and to the continued growth and impact we’ll carry forward as part of the Moondance community.


-Christopher Monde, 2x Moondance Leader, Big Wild + California (2021) and Croatia (2023)