Partners in nature

Couple’s Quest

Couple’s Quest   The Couple’s Quest is a form of vision quest or wilderness quest for couples in a committed relationship.  It began when Mike Bodkin (Rites of Passage Executive Director) and his wife, Renee Sweezey, quested together in August 2007.  They were looking for a way to renew their partnership and marriage, and Renee suggested…

Ceremonial Rites of Passage

Ceremonial Rites of Passage   Ceremonial rites of passage, with their challenges of solitude, fasting and exposure to nature, help us to affirm our inner strengths and capacities, face our fears, and listen to the song of our own soul rather than the world’s distracting drumbeat.  They will appeal to people who are at a…

Winter Season

Winter Season   Winter has moved into the neighborhood, calling forth my annual response of woodfires, chili made from garden tomatoes and peppers saved in the freezer, and long slow walks around the land here. In the Medicine Wheel cycle of the seasons, Winter stands for all the gifts of culture, learning, planning and the…

A Full Summer

A Full Summer   Summer 2013: I am back home and back in the office, digging in to my own return from a lively summer of fulfilling and enlivening programs at Rites of Passage. In June, with co-guide Tom Anderson,we held a Vision Quest in the Rocky Mountains near Salida, Colorado. It was a wonderful…