TO REGISTER FOR A RITES OF PASSAGE PROGRAM
You can register online for most programs. Go to Schedule by Category or by Date, then look for a "Register" button on the page of the program you're interested in.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE
You can also download a Program Registration Form and register by mail, email or fax. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the form; follow the link to their site for the free download.
Send the completed Registration Form to:
Rites of Passage
P.O. Box 2061
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
To email: firstname.lastname@example.org (but do not email credit card information)
To complete registration for any program, write a Letter of Intent describing why you wish to undertake the program, and mail or email it to us. In doing so, you are beginning the process of clarifying your purpose, an essential component of any conscious life passage.
We have programs scheduled for every season of the year, with most going to the California desert. In summer, we go to the high desert country. We choose this country because it is truly wild, rugged and unspoiled. However, no caping or backpacking experience is required to participate. See our Program Schedule for dates, locations, tuition and requirements for Vision Quest and other Rites of Passage programs.
VISION QUEST PROGRAMS
These programs are 9-10 days in length, with the first several days spent in preparation for the solo. Programs are scheduled for both walk-in (generally 1-2 miles) and drive-in (no-walk) sites. Extensive camping or backpacking experience is not required to participate.
For 2013 Vision Quest programs, we've separated the tuition from food + camping fees. Tuition for Vision Quest programs includes follow-up contact by Skype or phone after the group ends. Tuition does not include carpool or airfare expenses. Food + camping fees cover all meals (except 2-3 restaurant meals) and camping/lodging for the program. Check with each program to determine these fees. Vision Quest programs require careful preparation, and a handbook is sent to registrants with information on the physical, psychological and spiritual preparation needed to undertake the program. Emails or letters to participants supplement the handbook, providing additional information about travel, meeting time and place, equipment, weather, terrain and food arrangements. The first several program days provide further orientation before the solo begins. Incorporation of the teachings and lessons of the quest takes place over the days following the solo. Fasting is encouraged, but not required during the Vision Quest solo; check with your health care provider if you have concerns about fasting. All meals served during the program are vegetarian.
RISK AND LIABILITY
Our programs involve time spent in the wilderness and are include an element of risk; participants should carry their own health and accident insurance, and must fill out a medical history form and sign a liability release form. Rites of Passage cannot assume responsibility for the behavior of other participants on our programs. People under age 18 may participate with parental permission. Those who take prescription medications, or have other health concerns, should check with their physicians before registering.
Rites of Passage carries liability insurance and obtains permits with land managers on BLM, Forest Service, and National Park lands. There is at least one staff member who is currently certified as a Wilderness First Responder on all back country programs.
TUITION, PAYMENT OPTIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Rites of Passage accepts major credit cards for payment (Visa, Master Card and Discover Card); for most programs, you can pay online with PayPal or with our Secure Credit Card option. There are partial scholarship funds available for those who cannot afford the full tuition; if interested, inquire with staff. We require a non-refundable deposit to secure a place in any program, with the balance due one month before the program begins. We will refund tuition balance only up to the one month period only; however we will refund the full tuition if Rites of Passage needs to cancel a program. These policies reflect the small, intimate character of our programs and encourage people to think about the commitment involved in attending.
Beginning in 2011, we began offering several programs on a "Gift Economy" basis, charging only a core fee for our hard costs, then requesting voluntary donations at the close of the program. See individual program listings for these events.