Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach (Cancelled)

Aug 21st, 2020 - Aug 28th, 2020

Step outside your familiar life, be nourished by nature, find the support of community and deep listening, and discover renewal, guidance, and inspiration for your inner journey. Here, wilderness provides a welcoming, accessible, and powerful way home into our depth.

The Foundations:
This retreat draws together two powerful paths.

The School of Lost Borders’ Primitive Ecopsychology opens doorways through direct encounters with the natural world, and its Four Shields teachings are an inclusive, nonjudgmental encounter with nature, including human nature – body, heart, mind, and spirit. We root our work in immersion in the natural world, ceremonial ways of relating to the land and ourselves, and a four-fold map of our experience. The School’s forms include vision fasts, rites of passage, and council practice, each of which informs the Diamond in the Rough retreats.

The Diamond Approach® brings clarity and richness to the lessons of the wild. Combined with its thorough map of our inner terrain, its practice of open and open-ended inquiry leads to the realization of our essence while helping us work through barriers to this realization. The growing freedom that results is expressed in our authentic presence, aliveness, fulfillment, love, and a greater sense of being at home with ourselves.

Integrating these paths offers an inviting and transformative journey.

The Retreat:
Our tools include experiential inquiry, mindfulness, simple ceremony, council practice, and explorations of nature as teacher, healer, home, mirror, and self – all as the basis for deepening intimacy with our present experience and our true nature.

Most days, after a brief orientation and shared explorations, most of the day will be devoted to solo time in nature, a chance to challenge and expand your experience through the lessons of wild nature. In the evenings, we will share our unfolding stories. Midway through the retreat, a 24-hour solo provides a chance to deepen into these inquiries and openness.

This retreat is appropriate for those who are new to the Diamond Approach and wilderness camping as well as those who have extensive experience with either of them. Previous wilderness experience is not necessary.

Our basecamp will be Wild Mountain Ranch near Buena Vista, Colorado, a place of meadows, aspen groves, pine forests, rocky ridges, and extraordinary views, affording us solitude, expanse, and beauty in the Rockies. It is about 3.5 hours from Denver and Boulder. We will be able to drive to our basecamp, and you can choose how far to walk on your solos. A gear list and other details for preparation will be sent soon after you register. A nonrefundable deposit of $300 will hold your space on this retreat.


The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its programs and trainings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.

Scholarships are available.

Tuition: $800 - $1400

Deposit: $300
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: Camping Fee $70


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