Sonoma Academy High School Vision Quest

Sonoma Academy High School Vision Quest   By Ellie Dwight, Dean of Students, Sonoma Academy This past January we contracted with Rites of Passage, Inc., to lead a nine-day Vision Quest with eight members of our senior class and two faculty members. Since Sonoma Academy’s inception six years ago we have hoped to have a Vision…

The Next Step on the Wheel

The Next Step on the Wheel   by Sam Horton, Sonoma Academy The Owlshead Mountains on the southern boundary of Death Valley are high desert. The desert with its inherent challenges of alien vistas, heat, cold, and wind heightens a person’s senses. The expanse of the land can’t help but open one up to the unexpected. The power of…

Stages of a Rite of Passage

Stages of a Rite of Passage   Anthropologists have found that across different cultures,  rites of passage follow a three-stage process that can be said to be universally human, arising from the core of human nature in contact with Mother Nature.  We call these stages severance, threshold, and incorporation. Understanding them will be helpful in preparing for…

International Programs

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS   We know that the work of reintroducing rites of passage in nature speaks to people on an international, pan-cultural basis. We have always guided people of diverse ethnic, social and religious backgrounds, and in the past few years, we’ve worked with people from many countries, including Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria,…