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…

Parents at the Threshold

Parents at the Threshold By Alison DeLong   My son’s first birthday was a joyous event this month.  Deserving equal celebration, my husband and I toasted our glasses, in a humble honoring, for surviving our first year as parents.  Stunned by the quick passage of time, I remembered last year’s pregnancy culminating in the monumentally…

Youth Quest

Youth Quest: Dreaming this World into Being by Steven Encinas   Coming down off the mountain, a fire of passion and personal power radiated from their eyes and smiles.  This brilliance was met by the morning sun that was simultaneously rising from the East.  Both sources of light danced together in the magic of dawn,…

Youth and Elders

Youth and Elders   A few years ago, I applied for some public funding for a program based on rite of passage principles.  The funder told me that they were looking for more “youth development” programs that would have young people leading young people in various ways.  They didn’t understand our emphasis on “guiding,” or creating…