Someone has to have their hands on the wheel. Reed Harwood is the owner and Executive Director of Where There Be Dragons. “Dragons”, for short, offers cross-cultural experiential education programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America for high school, college, and adult participants. He is also the Founder of the Dragons Global Education Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) fund of the COMMON Foundation which provides needs-based scholarships for students and teachers to attend Where There Be Dragons programs, making it possible for individuals who would otherwise not have access.
Reed’s passion for experiential education formally began in Algonquin Park, Ontario, where he spent his college summers working as a canoe guide. Reed completed his undergraduate B.A. in Religious Studies and Asia Studies at Hobart College (Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa). He also earned his M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado. Since he has worked in a variety of teaching and leadership positions: as a lecturer of comparative religion and ethics at the college level; as a teacher of world history and global studies at the high school level; as a wilderness guide in California and Alaska; and as a Dragons Instructor in Tibet and India.
Over the years his love for education has expanded, deepened, and shifted while being fueled by one consistent and enduring spirit. Whether leading a group of children on their first canoe trip, exploring the Himalayas with Dragons, or lecturing on South Asian religions to college students, his intent is the same – to foster a spirit of wonder, curiosity, appreciation and respect for this world, for ourselves and for others.
Reed began working with Dragons in 2005 as a field instructor and transitioned into the Boulder Administration in 2008. Since then, he has directed summer and semester programming, risk management, and curriculum development. As Owner/Executive Director, Reed’s role is to empower the talented administrative team and support field instructors as they develop the safest, highest quality programs in cross-cultural education.