Take a sabbatical in Montana's Glacier National Park

With burnout recently classified as an occupational phenomenon and data indicating that time spent in nature makes people more healthy and happy, it’s a good time to consider a sabbatical – and between the soaring mountains, the lush alpine meadows, and the crystal-clear lakes, there aren’t many places better suited for a break than Glacier National Park

Hiker takes a break on the rocks in Glacier National Park.
Amble is now accepting applications for the fall program in Glacier National Park. Image by Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock

This fall, if you’re a weary creative—a visual designer or illustrator, product designer, e-commerce and marketing expert, content strategist, photographer, digital project manager, or a maker of any kind – Amble wants to whisk you away to Montana for some R&R. The company organizes month-long destination sabbaticals in jaw-dropping locales, linking skilled professionals to artistic opportunities and reasonably-priced accommodations, and applications are now open for this fall’s edition of the program. 

A mountain range reflected in a lake at Glacier National Park.
The company is looking for creatives—think: designers, illustrators, photographers, and the like—to work on projects to benefit the host conservancy. Image by Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock

In conjunction with Glacier National Park Conservancy and Parks Project (the park’s non-profit fundraising partner and an official partner of the National Parks Foundation, respectively), Amble is looking for self-starters to work on independent projects to benefit the nature reserve. But in a complete 180 from the norms of the working world, candidates are only expected to dedicate a third of their time to their projects – they can spend the rest however they’d like. 

A vintage bus tour through a forest in Glacier National Park.
With only 18 hours of project work required per work, participants will have plenty of time for activities, like taking a vintage bus tour through the park's forest. Image by SNEHIT/Shutterstock

For crafters especially, it’s an exciting opportunity to make a lasting mark. Those chosen to collaborate with Parks Project will create an artefact that represents their park experience – be it pottery, jewelry, screen-printing, or textiles – to be reproduced and sold as part of the Meet the Makers series. 

Mt Sinopah, Glacier National Park.
Mt Sinopah provides ample hiking opportunities and inspiration alike. Image by Carol Polich/Lonely Planet

Participants will stay in employee housing in Hungry Horse, Montana, on a one-acre plot of land overlooking the Flathead River, just ten minutes by car to the West Glacier park entrance. It’s rural living in cozy accommodations, with private rooms and shared communal spaces, spotty Wi-Fi, and occasionally, the unexpected surprises that go hand in hand with life in the wilderness. 

Program fees range from US$1600 (€1437) for a shared room to US$2000 (€1796) for a private room; private apartments are also available for US$2800 (€2515). For more information and to apply, visit amblethere.com.