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11th July - 7th August 2021


According to the current covid-19 roadmap, all UK restrictions on large events such as ours will be lifted in June, making us confident that our 2021 Open Minds course will go ahead as planned.

This is subject to change in accordance with government guidelines. As such, we will be as flexible as possible should your plans change and will be offering full refunds, including the deposit, on any cancellations up until 30 June 2021. We will also do our best to help students to meet any further travel restrictions that may be in place for those travelling from abroad.

What to Bring

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

What to Bring

This year’s Open Minds Experience will see students taking part in a variety of adventurous activities in the beautiful surroundings of Aragon’s mountains. Students should be prepared to embrace the landscape and the endless opportunities for education and exploration that it provides. To ensure students’ maximum enjoyment of the trip, preparing for the environment is essential. The sierra de Guara sits on the boundary between the warm and dry Mediterranean climate to the east and the wetter climate to the north and west. It is however nestled in the rain shadow of the Pyrenees meaning that warm, dry weather is common, even in winter. This said, as with any mountain environment, we must always be prepared for anything the elements may throw at us.

Below is a list of recommended items to bring. The items in bold are particularly important.

Waterproof coat


Warm jumpers/fleeces

Warm hat

Trainers/ Boots (suitable for walking)


Spare pair of trainers (for getting wet)

Underwear and Socks

Thick socks (suitable for walking)


A small backpack (for day trips)

Tracksuit bottoms / comfortable trousers

Travel tickets/documentation


Swimming Costume


Any prescription medication


Passport/ID Card

An inspiring book/ piece of writing/ music

Insurance documentation

An Open Mind and adventurous spirit!