Part of what makes AFAR Experiences so memorable is the intimate, small- group breakout sessions. These carefully curated, one-of-a-kind excursions offer rare access into special places and give you the opportunity to spend quality time, up close and personal, with some of Seattle’s most extraordinary locals.


Contemporary Art and Architecture

Meet art collectors Bill and Ruth True at their exquisite private residence, designed by artist Roy McMakin. The Trues will share their passion for contemporary art and introduce you to works in their collection by artists such as Stephan Balkenhol, Waleed Beshty, Amanda Ross Hoe, Bruce Nauman, Anne Fenton, and many more.


Back to Nature in the Pacific Northwest

Walk among the towering trees of historic Seward Park’s remnant old growth forest while learning about nature's secret pantry. Award-winning author and forager Langdon Cook will be your guide as you learn to identify wild foods and plants while picking up a few tricks of the forager's trade.


The Storied Streets of First Hill

Explore Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood in a way you’d never imagine with artist, entrepreneur and visionary Greg Lundgren. He’s the man behind iconic spots like the Hideout (Seattle’s version of NY’s Cedar Tavern), the storied and restored Vito’s lounge; and the world’s only “death care boutique” that creates one-of-kind monuments by local artists.


The Seattle Music Scene, Then and Now

Spend time with Megan Jasper, Vice President of the iconic Sub Pop Records, at the renowned label’s headquarters. Take in the awesome memorabilia and hear how the label began, evolved, and about the reflection of its character on Seattle and how they've impacted one another.


The Marriage of Studio Glass and Native Art

Sarah Traver hosts an exclusive visit to the studio of Preston Singletary, a leader in Northwest Coast Native art and studio glass. Preston will speak about his unique approach to glass, bringing a new material to an ancient tradition. Followed by time at Traver Gallery, a leading space for studio glass and sculpture.


Walking Tour of Historic Old Ballard

Meander the streets of the funky neighborhood of Ballard with Cass O’Callaghan of the Ballard Historical Society. Cass will lead you through the area with stories of its history, taking time to stop in at favorite spots along the way like jeweler and gardener Curtis Steiner’s shop, perhaps winding up at well-known Macleod’s pub for a wee dram!


Groundbreaking Global Health Initiatives

Seattle has one of the world’s largest concentrations of global health expertise. Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance, will lead a fascinating conversation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. Learn about the organizations who are designing cutting-edge solutions to age old and new health threats – from developing a malaria vaccine to mobile technologies. Following the discussion, experience the local and global work of the Gates Foundation and its partners through a guided tour of the highly interactive Visitor Center.


If you have questions about any of these breakout activities, please email [email protected].