Michael Bodkin

Executive Director, Rites of Passage Guide

Michael Bodkin, M.S., MFT, is a psychotherapist and wilderness guide who has been the Executive Director of Rites of Passage for over 25 years. His passion is leading people to the mirror of nature to discover the gifts of their soul. He directs the guide training programs for Rites of Passage and has led Vision Quests and trainings in places…
Renee Sweezey

Executive Administrator, Rites of Passage Guide

Renee Sweezey did her first Vision Quest with Steven Foster and Meredith Little, co-founders of Rites of Passage, in 1982.  After many years of serving on the Board of Directors, she returned to guiding others in nature in 2007.  Renee honors and holds with deep regard all those who feel called to the journey into the sacred…
Paul Abodeely

Rites of Passage Guide

Paul Abodeely, MA, LMFTA, has been working with youth and adults in the natural world and in clinical, educational, and social service settings for over 15 years. An apprentice in the Rites of Passage guide training program, he has led programs with Rites of Passage and with related organizations. Paul is skilled at supporting and…
Tom Anderson

Rites of Passage Guide

Tom Anderson is a husband, father of two, vision quest guide, and the Managing Director of a regional affordable housing development company. In all he does, he is drawn forward by the desire to make a difference in the world by building better communities. A life-long camper, hiker, and lover of the outdoors, he first quested…
Alison DeLong

Rites of Passage Guide

Alison DeLong received her Master of Arts in Eco-psychology, a field of psychology that acknowledges one's relationship with nature as an integral component to well-being. During her studies she apprenticed with Anne Stine of Wilderness Rites and began leading quests in 2002. A native of Yosemite National Park, Alison has spent the past 14 years sharing…
Estelle Dube-Parent
Estelle Dube-Parent, of French Canadian heritage, has had a longtime commitment to personal and spiritual growth, offering workshops focusing on women's issues and on conscious eating at Cabine Soleil. After undertaking a Vision Quest with Rites of Passage in 2012, Estelle joined the Rites of Passage Guide Training program.  This will be the third Vision Quest in…
Cazeaux Nordstrum
Cazeaux Nordstrum grew up in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona when the towns were small and the wild untamed lands were vast, among the influence of many native cultures.  The land itself was a spiritual center honored by the annual indigenous and religious rituals and ceremonies.  Traveling throughout the West as a child, camping from…
Linda Sartor

Rites of Passage Guide

Linda Sartor holds a Ph.D. in Integral Studies and an M.S. in environmental education, and is a faculty member in the Master's in Leadership Program at St. Mary's University.  She has been guiding programs for Rites of Passage since 1997, having trained with Rites of Passage and the School of Lost Borders.  Linda has spent time…
Munro Sickafoose

Rites of Passage Guide

Munro Sickafoose is a husband, father, whitewater river guide, and ceremonial leader. He has been deeply involved with indigenous earth–based ceremonies for many years, trained as a vision quest guide at the School of Lost Borders, and has been leading groups and individuals in the wild since 1996.  He is also a facilitator in the Way…
Dashielle Vawter

Rites of Passage Guide

Dashielle Vawter is a Coach, Singer/Songwriter, Minister, Vision Quest and Mountain Guide. After a profound heart opening/spiritual awakening in 2008 she jumped off the nonprofit path, took on a personal spiritual practice and began exploring what it meant to lead with her heart. It’s been a wild ride through political campaigns, teaching art to kids, working…
Tim Young
Tim Young is completing his guide training program with Rites of Passage.  He has also completed a two year ministry training through the Center for Sacred Studies.  Tim comes to the work from 15 years of Vippassana meditation experience, and he finds the Vision Quest to be a natural complement to his work “on the cushion”. …