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Catalonia's School of Shepherds

  1. Grazing in the Grass
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    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.

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  2. Ariadna Cañadas
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    Ariadna Cañadas

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

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  3. Pau Ramires
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    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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  4. Hands On
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    Hands On

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

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  5. Mateu de Toralla
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    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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  6. Job Seekers
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    Job Seekers

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

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