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.
HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE RISK OF COVID-19
We plan to conduct our Fall Wilderness Quest, November 14-22, in Death Valley National Park. The Park has required an updated Covid-19 protocol, which we will follow. It incorporates 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 believe this progarm can take place safely, and with great benefits to all. Note: Participants will need to provide their own food for the Fall Wilderness Quest program; we have adjusted the meals/camping fee to reflect this.
We have recently conducted a series of 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 Men’s Solo Quest, will begin September 24.
VISION TO DREAM 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. He was attracted to the description that read: “Come meet our vibrant South African youth.” 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, plus 3 white Europeans and 3 white Americans. Now we’re posting a link to a video about Coleridge’s work with young men from the South African townships near Capetown, filmed a few years ago. The place is the same Groot Winterhoek mountains where the 2004 group journeyed. This work shows how significant rites of passage can be to the social and psychological healing and health of young people. It’s also a testament to the deeply felt humanity, skill and courage of Coleridge Daniels and his co-leader. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEMw1xQB1m4