Executive Director, Rites of Passage Guide

Michael Bodkin, M.S., MFT, is a psychotherapist and wilderness guide who has been the Executive Director of Rites of Passage for over 30 years. His passion is leading people to the mirror of nature to discover the gifts of their soul. He directs the guide training programs for Rites of Passage and has led Vision Quests and trainings in places…

Executive Administrator, Rites of Passage Guide

Renee Sweezey is executive administrator of Rites of Passage and has served on the Board of Directors since 1986. She has held leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations for more than 30 years. Renee first quested with Steven Foster and Meredith Little, co-founders of Rites of Passage, in 1982 and began to lead…

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Tom Anderson is a husband, father of two, wilderness quest guide, and the Managing Director of a regional affordable housing development company. In all he does, he is drawn forward by the desire to make a difference in the world by building better communities. A life-long camper, hiker, and lover of the outdoors, he first quested…

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Alison DeLong received her Master of Arts in Eco-psychology, a field of psychology that acknowledges one’s relationship with nature as an integral component to well-being. During her studies she apprenticed with Anne Stine of Wilderness Rites and began leading quests in 2002. A native of Yosemite National Park, Alison has spent the past 14 years sharing…

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Linda Sartor holds a Ph.D. in Integral Studies and an M.S. in environmental education, and is a faculty member in the Master’s in Leadership Program at St. Mary’s University.  She has been guiding programs for Rites of Passage since 1997, having trained with Rites of Passage and the School of Lost Borders. Since 9/11/01, Linda has…

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Dashielle Vawter is a Coach, Singer/Songwriter, Minister, Vision Quest and Mountain Guide. After a profound heart opening/spiritual awakening in 2008 she jumped off the nonprofit path, took on a personal spiritual practice and began exploring what it meant to lead with her heart. It’s been a wild ride through political campaigns, teaching art to kids, working…

Daniel Aaron Francis is a regenerative designer, educator, rites-of-passage guide, culture-repair coyote, storyteller, fly fisherman, musician and tracker. Daniel hails from the Santa Ana River Watershed, 5 generations deep. He has dedicated the past 20 years to designing and installing regenerative community gardens, orchards, farms and residential homes with a focus on dry-lands water harvesting.…

Susan became a Wilderness Quest guide after working in rural Africa and Latin America for over a decade and seeing the profoundly empowering effects of living intimately with land and nature.  Her training in Anthropology and work in International Development gave her a deep appreciation for what it means to be human, across cultures.  She…


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