Pavel Reppo is a social entrepreneur, and he is passionate about fostering opportunities for sustainable positive change. His work in the disability community began in 2006 when he first began working for Adam’s Camp, where he and Andrea met and connected over their shared interests. Pavel and Andrea initially founded The Wayfaring Band with fellow camp counselors Chris Ardelt and Jane Moore in an effort to fill a need for meaningful opportunities for socialization and independence for young adults with disabilities. After a remarkable inaugural road trip through southwest Colorado, Chris and Jane moved on to other adventures while Pavel and Andrea dug in deep to build a sustainable organization. In the organization’s infancy and early adolescence, Pavel was instrumental in advocating for a more explicit approach to leadership, which ultimately resulted in the creation of our fellowship program. Pavel is now pursuing new opportunities in the field of social impact, but he remains a proud founder of The Wayfaring Band and wishes the band well on its journey.
Although we like to rock, we are not a rock-and-roll band. We are a wayfaring band, which means we are a band of people who travel together. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado.
Our programs serve adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as neurotypical leadership fellows. We also grant one spot per tour to an artist-in-residence. Most of our participants are young adults, and our style of travel appeals to wayfarers with a youthful spirit. However, we welcome older adult travelers as well.
We offer road trips, a fellowship for emerging leaders, and leadership for hire. You can learn more about our services here.
Our mission is to create social experiences for our members to explore, connect, and engage with their communities through the lens of travel and adventure.
Our dream is to model our vision of inclusivity everywhere we travel, fundamentally altering the way people experience difference.
We value mutual aid, and we practice that by being of service to others. Lending a hand to people in need empowers us to ask for help when we need it. A culture of mutual aid enables everyone to be a contributing and valued member of society. We all have special gifts, and we all have special needs, and when we successfully express both we feel appreciated. Though we are diverse of experience, we are similar of spirit and value each person’s contribution. We’re all in the band!
We value inclusivity, and we practice that by showing hospitality to others. Welcoming people with open arms and hearts creates a warm, inclusive space in which everyone can experience an authentic sense of belonging.
We value love, and we practice that by constantly expressing our gratitude. We believe that happiness is directly proportional to the amount of gratitude we carry in our hearts, and we are grateful to all the people, organizations, and opportunities that have conspired to support us on our individual journeys. A person’s capacity to give and receive love is a powerful and precious gift, and we will cultivate an environment of positivity and confidence, where our love can grow and flourish.
We value agency, and we practice that by encouraging reflection. We wish to empower each individual’s capacity to act and make choices, encouraging independence and autonomy. In order to know if we are truly self-advocating to the best of our ability, it is important to frequently reflect and take stock of our progress. Self-awareness helps us face our perceived limitations and exceed our personal expectations, growing in our ability to self-advocate and provide self-care.
We value adventure, and we practice that by encouraging risk-taking. When we risk getting out of our comfort zone, it is guaranteed to expose us to new activities, conversations, connections, and interactions with each other and the world. Our common passion for adventure aligns us, and we will nurture this spirit of exploration in our programming and in each other.