This nine-day Winter Wilderness Quest will take place in the remote and beautiful Black Mountains of Death Valley National Park.
Rites of Passage has offered the Wilderness Quest, with its roots in pan-cultural ceremonies and teachings, for over 40 years. With a focus on reconnecting with nature, finding authentic depth and meaning, healing old wounds, and marking significant life changes, the program will appeal to men and women in any life stage. The first 3 days are Severance or preparation time for the solo. Meeting in Council sessions, the group will explore a range of subjects related to the Wilderness Quest solo, including safety-related issues: flora/fauna, weather-related concerns (heat, cold, lightning), essential first aid, our buddy system, and tarp-tying. The group will also explore eco-spiritual tools that can be of great value in preparing, such as the Medicine Wheel teachings, exploration of Intent and purpose, self-generated ceremonial practices, and teachings from the Death Lodge. Group members will have several hours to follow their calling to find a solo site to hold them in the wilderness for days and nights. The final 3 days, following the return from the solo, will be devoted to taking the necessary steps of return or Incorporation in a fully conscious way. This process begins with a Council session where each participant has the opportunity to tell the story of their Wilderness Quest solo and to receive essential feedback and confirmation from staff regarding what has been achieved.
The program will begin on Saturday, February 11 at 1 pm…but we invite people to come and set up anytime after noon. We’ll be spending the first night at a campground in Shoshone, California,. The next day, we’ll move to the back country for 6 nights, returning to spend one last night in Shoshone before the program ends by noon on Sunday, February 19. We’ll schedule an online pre-trip meeting about a month before the quest begins, and a follow-up online meeting about a month after it ends, to support participants on their journeys.