Students learn how to move herds to higher or lower pastures in a continual search for fresh grass as the growing season progresses.

Photograph by Joan Alvado/Nar Photos/Redux

Students learn how to move herds to higher or lower pastures in a continual search for fresh grass as the growing season progresses.

Photograph by Joan Alvado/Nar Photos/Redux

Catalonia's School of Shepherds

Grazing in the Grass
Grazing in the Grass

Students learn how to move herds to higher or lower pastures in a continual search for fresh grass as the growing season progresses.

Photograph by Joan Alvado/Nar Photos/Redux
Ariadna Cañadas
Ariadna Cañadas

A former student originally from Barcelona, she now tends sheep in the French Pyrenees.

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Pau Ramires
Pau Ramires

Ramires, who began his training at 19, is a salaried shepherd in the Catalan mountains. During slow parts of the year, he’s taken university art classes.

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Hands On
Hands On

Students undergo four months of practical training with a veteran shepherd, after a month of classroom study.

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Mateu de Toralla
Mateu de Toralla

The local legend, an instructor at the school, fought to win an official designation for the area’s Xisqueta breed of sheep—assuring higher prices.

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Job Seekers
Job Seekers

With Spain’s unemployment high, the school is attracting more students from urban areas.

Photograph by Joan Alvado/Nar Photos/Redux