The Vision Quest (or Vision Fast) is an ancient rite of passage ceremony, enabling men, women and youth to engage in an age-old ceremonial pattern: completion of an old life, movement through the threshold of the unknown, and return to the world reborn. People in any life stage or transition will find meaning in this powerful process.
This is a nine-day program, with three days of preparation, three days of solo time, and three days to incorporate the teachings of the journey. Tuition includes all back country fees and food, and follow-up contacts after the program ends. Read more about the Vision Quest.
Since our inception 30 years ago, Rites of Passage has offered the opportunity for youth to confirm and celebrate their entry into adulthood. Our youth programs engage young people in tasks that involve challenge, autonomy, authenticity and responsibility. The increased self-knowledge and self-respect that result from participation in a youth rite of passage can have a positive effect that lasts a lifetime. Read more about our youth programs.
Our workshops, in the same spirit as the nine-day Vision Quest, provide an opportunity to enter the natural world for healing, reflection and renewal. You don't have to travel far to take advantage of the beauty and mystery of the wild. The rustling of the wind, the sound of your footsteps on the rough earth, the sunlight filtering through the trees--all these can help you recognize where you've been and where you need to go, reconnecting with your deepest truths.
...the world offers itself to your imagination,calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
These programs vary in length from one to five days, and are held at parks or recreational areas in diverse locations.
Learn about rites of passage in nature, utilizing practices and tools derived from native and non-native teachers and teachings, spiritual pathways, ecopsychology, and wilderness experience. This work will appeal to those in the helping professions, those who wish to bring spirituality, ceremony and the presence of nature into their work, and those who wish to follow these teachings more deeply into their own healing. Read more about our training program.
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