Call for Instructors

At the Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning, learning comes naturally!

The Heart-J Center is located at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, seven miles west of Loveland, Colorado. The Ranch is 3,000 acres of grassland and forest, rocky ridges and canyons, with the Big Thompson River running through it. It's an extraordinary outdoor classroom and living laboratory!

Our location is the "secret sauce" in all Heart-J Center programs, from half-day natural history field studies to 4-day intensive retreats. Just being in such a beautiful place helps people relax, de-stress, and unplug. This secluded setting is the perfect place for learning experiences ranging from creativity and wellness to outdoor adventures, science and natural history.

We call it the Heart-J Experience. We provide opportunities for life-long learners of all ages to slow down, engage their hearts, hands, minds, and curiosity while becoming part of a community of fellow learners. We are passionate about powerful and meaningful experiences where participants can step outside their comfort zones in a safe learning environment where risk taking and discovery can lead to a new sense of connection to themselves and their world.

Heart-J Center is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization inspired by the memory of Maurice and Mayme (Tillie) Jessup, who founded Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in 1946 and loved sharing this place with guests from around the world. Maurice and Tillie believed in the power of education to make a difference in the world and knew that there was no better place to do it than the beautiful valley they called home.

This is Where You Come In!

Heart-J Center is looking for experienced instructors to teach workshops and retreats. If you're passionate, hands-on, capable of being both supportive and challenging, and really dig delivering the kinds of transformative learning experiences that HJC is known for, we'd love to <link>hear from you!</link>

To learn more about Sylvan Dale, including lodging, food, and other amenities, please visit

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

–John Steinbeck