Rites of Passage, founded in 1977, offers Wilderness Quests, Workshops and Trainings that bring people into a deep encounter with the natural world, exploring the human-nature connection to deepen and transform a sense of purpose, value and commitment to the life we have been blessed with. This work begins with hearing the call to quest, an impulse as ancient as humanity: the path of the hero/ine. It will appeal to men, women, leaders, veterans and young people in life transition or change, and to those wanting to deepen their spiritual path and sense of purpose.
We’re continuing to take precautions to mitigate the risk of Covid-19.
We will conduct our Summer Wilderness Quest, August 7-15, at our Mono Basin site. We will be following both Inyo County and CDC guidelines in presenting our 2021 programs. We have incorporated precautions against the spread of the virus, including social distancing, the use of face masks, and disinfecting surfaces. Maximum group size is reduced from 10 to 8, plus 2 leaders. Group council meetings will be conducted outdoors, with 6 feet of distance between participants. We can modify these groundrules if it’s safe to do so.
We are continuing to offer online programs that allow participation via Zoom, plus solo time in nature of one’s choosing. Learn more about this. We’ve found that this format allows for depth, insight, and safety. Our next online program, a Four Directions workshop, will begin September 15.
VISION TO DREAM: video with Coleridge Daniels
In 2004, Rites of Passage Executive Director Mike Bodkin participated in a unique group in the Groot Winterhoek wilderness near Capetown, South Africa. Led by amazing South African leader and guide Coleridge Daniels under the auspices of Educo South Africa, the group was composed of young Black people from South Africa, along with a few Europeans and Americans. This video shows Coleridge’s work with vulnerable young men from the South African townships near Capetown. It’s a testament to his deeply felt humanity, skill and courage. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEMw1xQB1m4