youth-final500Since the dawn of humanity, young people have felt a need to undertake meaningful rites of passage as they approach adulthood. Lacking the opportunity to engage in positive initiatory experiences, youth may instead make attempts at self-initiation, which often fail to bring increased maturity and self-responsibility. Since our inception 30 years ago, Rites of Passage has offered the opportunity for youth to confirm and celebrate their entry into adulthood. 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. For a more detailed description of the elements and the journey itself, please read How the Vision Quest Works.

For participation of anyone under age 18, parental permission is required. Both parents and young people are encouraged to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Youth Vision Quest Testimonials

In young people’s own words…

so much appreciation, so much beauty, so much truth, so much love

Through this experience, I have found more inside of myself than I ever thought could possibly exist—so much appreciation, so much beauty, so much truth, so much love. I discovered both the darkness of myself and the darkness of the earth. And when the sun rose the next morning, I saw both myself and the world we all live in in a new light.

Clio
Clio
age 18
it shows you yourself beyond the purest form you can imagine

Just go. It is an experience you cannot get any other way. Everyone should be able to see life in this way. This is a place you can never come back from but would never dream of wanting to. I know it may seem unbelievable but this entire experience has raised every aspect of my life to a new level. It happens to everyone; it brings out what you always had needed to let out but never did. It shows you yourself beyond the purest form you can imagine. Take the plunge for yourself and the world, and go.

Jack
Jack
age 18
I hold myself with confidence and strength

I have been scared, in the best way. This experience has allowed me to see myself with new eyes. I found what I was searching for, because it was there all along. There are no words to describe what happened on my vision quest… but if you really want to know, look into my eyes. See the way I hold myself with confidence and strength. Look at anyone of the questers and see how they have grown…how a light radiates from their body. With the support and guidance of our adoptive elders (guides), I have had the opportunity to grow and truly move into adulthood.

Charlotte
Charlotte
age 18
it illuminated a large part of the inside of me that I know will serve me forever

This program and experience changed my life. As a friend once said, I now find that the glass is always going to feel half full. I had no expectations for this program, and it exceeded everything I thought it could. I love the comfort and growth it has brought me, and showed inside me. It illuminated a large part of the inside of me that I know will serve me forever.

Chase
Chase
age 17
I feel so full of vitality and love

This has been one of the best experiences of my life. It’s given me a fresh, new perspective on things and a new appreciation for everything and everyone around me. I’m not a religious person by any means, but I imagine that this is the feeling a born-again Christian experiences... I feel so full of vitality and love. Thank you.

Spencer
Spencer
age 18
about connection and synchronicity to all other life

Vision Quest is for everyone, especially those that don’t think they need it. I’ve felt things I haven’t felt since I was young, things I thought were buried or lost. I faced them, reincorporated them back into my life. Vision Quest is so many words: clarity and purity and peace, love. It’s so much more personal and so much more spiritual and cultural—tying in all the things in the world and nature that are already there, but that we need to see more clearly so we can see ourselves more clearly. Vision Quest is about connection and synchronicity to all other life. Helping people find themselves and their support so that they can go on helping and supporting other life. Vision Quest has meant gaining Harmony for myself and for others who may not have it yet. Thank you!

Rachel
Rachel
age 18
not a lesson one could learn at home or in school

There’s nothing like silence, or the time alone that was given. It drives you crazy and sometimes you have trouble understanding, but the guides are wonderful, and the answers are out there. You just have to listen. I would not be the woman I am today without this quest. This is not a lesson one could learn at home or in school. This is a lesson of the heart and of the hearth. Take the time, and let the land teach you.

Sheyda
Sheyda
age 18
gain an understanding about myself

Originally a skeptic, Vision Quest gave me the opportunity to reflect and gain an understanding about myself and how I want to be in the world.

Hayden
Hayden
age 17