"I found the experience to be a powerful process for clarifying my intentions and identifying what really holds heart for me."

--Ed Claassen
The Grove Consultants




Rites of Passage is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reintroduce meaningful rites of passage for people of the modern world, so that they may be able to mark and celebrate important life transitions with courage, strength and wisdom. Since our founding in 1977, we have guided thousands of adults and youth from a wide variety of backgrounds, occupations and geographic locations on Vision Quests, retreats, and training programs.

Our work is both educational and experiential. We offer a range of modern and ancient tools to participants, with a focus on learning about oneself and one's gifts in the context of the natural world. This work resonates with people in diverse life situations: young people entering adulthood, adults seeking meaning and wholeness, and anyone longing for a deeper sense of purpose in their professional lives.

Our programs foster self-knowledge and self-reliance, as well as a spiritual dimension of respect for all beings and connection to the whole of Creation. We are committed to the highest ethics and standards as wilderness guides and outfitters, and practice "leave no trace" camping. We are  dedicated to competent, ethical and ecologically sound use of wilderness ecosystems. We are proud to hold professional use permits from the following Federal entities: the Bureau of Land Management, Inyo National Forest, Plumas National Forest and Death Valley National Park.

Our staff serve as a loving mirror of story and meaning for participants in our programs. Staff members provide information, preparation, feedback, support and follow-up.  At least one staff person on each wilderness program is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Rites of Passage can work with individuals or groups to create customized programs, from one day Vision Walks, to weekend Earth Walk youth programs, to ten day Vision Quests. Contact us for more information.

Rites of Passage does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or disability. The USDA has requested that we post the following announcement:

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit; all donations are tax-deductible. Gifts are used to fund scholarships for participants who cannot afford the full tuition. Go to our Donations Page to make a secure online donation through PayPal.

Contact Us

By email
By phone: 707-537-1927
By mail: PO Box 2061, 
             Santa Rosa CA 95405


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