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’ve cancelled our Spring Wilderness Quest, which had been set to begin May 16.
We are now offering online programs that allow participation in a group via Zoom, plus solo time in nature of one’s choosing. Learn more about this.
The Quest gave room and space for me to visit difficult places in my soul. The guidance you gave and the room and the space I could not have done without.
From start to end the whole experience felt genuine and heartfelt. With a lifetime of knowledge and open hearts Mike and Renee made what seemed daunting and sometimes impossible an amazing life learning moment of growth and exploration.
I thought the whole thing was pretty much perfect – preparation, location, structure, depth, size of group. It was just completely off the scales. The guides insight, generosity and stamina is amazing
This program is so special, so unique, and so powerful. My experience was nothing like I thought it would be. I was able to grieve in a deep way that my heart really needed. I felt so much stronger and clear on the other end. Absolutely unforgettable.
Felt contained and safe while exploring new territory. Support felt nurturing, intentional and present. The leadership was exceptional. What a powerful experience.
This has been a wonderful week in Ireland I won't easily forget. The vision quest was one of the best personal growth experiences I've ever done. To be alone with myself in the wilderness allowed me to really go deep and access hidden feelings that needed to emerge. Being in Ireland was added plus as the unique beauty and Celtic history of the land added to the power of the quest. I highly recommend this adventure to all.
I came with no expectations and actually wasn’t quite sure what I was walking into. Immediately upon arrival I felt welcomed, safe, guided and held which allowed me to let go and be. I slowly shed layers allowing clarity to shine more brightly. I am so grateful for all I received.
A journey of self-discovery, community, connection and heart. Rich and full of depth. I appreciate the presence and transparency provided by the guides.
I was supported and challenged by this Quest in ways that I didn’t expect, and ways that are different to my own long established practices. As was said the wilderness was my primary teacher. I feel clear in body, open of heart and hopeful.
My experience showed me how capable I can be. The program gave me a structured approach of how to look into myself.
I came into the Quest a stranger who felt broken and lost. What I found in the forest was my true self again. I am lighter. There are no words I can use to express my gratitude. I’ve gained so much
The experience was moving, powerful and life changing. Pushing boundaries, awakening connections and providing the idea avenue for growth, healing and self-affirmation. Incredible, guidance, support and overall experience.
It would be hard for me to imagine someone going on this program without experiencing significant spiritual, psychological and emotional growth. On this one program I discovered critical life changing insights about my life and I feel poised and prepared for a new era of significant growth in my life.
This really was a rite of passage for me. I feel re-born and know who I am. My intention for this Quest was to gain clarity – which I did – along with so much more.
It (the Wilderness Quest) will change your life for the better in ways you’ll never imagine.
I absolutely recommend this to others. I had a profound experience, a reinforcing catalyst in support of my journey on the path to living an authentic life.
One of the most unique and precious experiences of my life…This program reveals the depth of who you are, and gifts that take you into your life.
I have no words, which is a huge statement about the depth and breadth of my experiences with soul, community and nature.
This Wilderness Quest experience is life enriching beyond any retreat, conference or seminar I’ve attended. It is a transformation on many levels. What a healthy way to tackle and embrace growth and healing on such a significant level.
As a female combat veteran I had much untapped and this journey allowed me to be in relationship with my experience in Iraq in a way that I cannot put into words. I have clarity and purpose to bring back to the world. We need programs like this. I am changed. I am whole.
It’s hard to imagine that I would now feel so at home in the wilderness and that such profound experiences of spiritual connection would bless my path. What a unique opportunity to be fully disconnected from all modern distraction and to reconnect to the roots of what it is to be a human being.
It’s a game changer, a life changer, deep, fun, inspiring, nurturing and growth-full, yes!
This work is alive! It's not dead preaching.... I appreciate people who know how to work with that live fire.
Outstanding. Gifted. From the heart with plenty of brains. Provided guidance into a different world.
One of the most profound, inspirational and positively life-altering events ever! Mike and Munro [the leaders] are an inspiration to others and will always remain an integral part of my life's journey with the work they have done.
My experience has been so much more than I could ever have "conceived" or "planned" in my mind. It is truly through and from my heart that I will call and welcome those who are curious and inspired to do this process. It is powerful and transformative.
This was an outstanding experience that provided a much-needed crucible for some essential work—for me personally, and for this amazing circle of beautiful men [Men's Quest]. I wholeheartedly recommend this vision quest experience to others, and want to help in sharing this work.
This program was a wonderful hugely transformative journey that I enjoyed very much. I thoroughly recommend it for those seeking self-knowledge, acceptance and clarifying the way ahead.