Four Directions Teachings
These core teachings of the Four Directions are at the heart of the work we do, helping us to name and meet the transitions and changes that we face. This program also forms a portion of the curriculum for the Rites of Passage guide training program.
These teachings, first presented to Rites of Passage as the Medicine Wheel by Hyemeyohsts Storm over 40 years ago, provide a deep and powerful foundation for understanding ourselves as co-participants in Creation with the entire natural world. In this workshop, we explore each direction through discussion, sharing, time spent with assignments in nature, telling the story of these encounters, and mirroring of the stories by staff and participants.
The idea of the Four Directions is found within many cultures and traditions, often understood as four cycles or seasons of nature, shared by humans:
-Four archetypes of human nature: Spirit, Body, Psyche, Mind
–The seasons of our life cycle, representing birth and infancy (Spring), childhood and early adolescence (Summer), self-consciousness of later adolescence and early adulthood (Fall), full adulthood (Winter) and elderhood (Spring again)
-Orienting our internal process to the landscape: the four directions of the compass
Teachers, counselors, coaches, psychologists and others in the helping professions will find this workshop of value as an in-depth application of eco-psychology and as an opportunity for personal growth. It’s also recommended for those that are planning to undertake a Vision Quest, and for those who wish to renew and deepen the gifts they received on a quest.
This is an experiential event; each day will include time spent in nature.