DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Primitive Ecopsychology and the Diamond Approach (full with a waiting list)

Jun 26th, 2017 - Jul 2nd, 2017
John Davis, PhD


For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself
From within, I couldn’t decide what to do. 
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside.

This wilderness retreat is a time to step outside of your familiar life, be nourished by nature, find the support of community and deep listening, and receive renewal, guidance, and inspiration for your inner journey. Here, the land will become a home and a mirror for your true nature.


Wild nature opens the doors to our innate aliveness, dynamism, evolution, and freedom. This retreat weaves deep contact with nature, ceremony, teachings on the Four Shields of nature (including human nature – body, heart, mind, and spirit), and the Diamond Approach. 


Time in wild places brings us into immediate contact with our depth. As the veils that separate us from the natural world soften and dissolve, so do the veils that separate us from our inner depth and essence. This direct connection to the natural world provides an accessible, engaging way into our soul’s depths. There, we discover our innate intelligence, confidence, vitality, and kindness. 


The School of Lost Borders’ teachings include the Four Shields of human nature along with our approach to ceremony, deep listening in council, mirroring, and most importantly, solo time in nature. Based on ancient, pancultural, and deeply human ways of being, healing, and maturing, these practices support and shape this trip.


The Diamond Approach® is a modern path for self-realization and full human development. Its practice of open inquiry leads to our authentic aliveness, freedom, fulfillment, and spiritual maturity. In a remarkably thorough and precise way, it draws on timeless spiritual wisdom and modern psychological insight to provide a map and practices for intimacy with our depth of being and our capacities for personal living and relating. The Diamond Approach cultivates the qualities of our true nature while reducing the veils and distortions related to knowing and expressing these qualities.




We have found that the integration of the approaches of these two paths adds to both. Most days include simple mindfulness practices, teachings about both the Diamond Approach and the Four Shields, solo time in nature to explore these teachings in your own experience, and stories shared together in an evening circle. One day is devoted to a 24-hour solo as an opportunity to deepen into the practice of inquiry in wilderness.


Our basecamp will be Wild Mountain Ranch near Buena Vista, Colorado, a place of meadows, aspen groves, pine forest, rocky ridges, and vast views affording us solitude, expanse, and beauty in the Rocky Mountains. It is about 3 hours from Denver and Boulder and 2.5 hours from Colorado Springs. 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 when you register. We will provide a kitchen, and participants are expected to bring their own food. A deposit of $250 will hold your space on this retreat.


This retreat is appropriate for those who are new to the Diamond Approach and wilderness camping as well as those who have engaged them deeply. Previous wilderness experience is not necessary. While we will be camping, our approach on this retreat encourages contemplation more than challenge, and safety is our primary concern.


For more information, contact John Davis or Ann DeBaldo. 



Go to a wilderness where no one lives,

And your life will be more wondrous than ever.


In wild places where no one lives

are the conditions conducive to realization.


In wild places where no one lives,

is natural beauty delightful to behold.


There is no possible way to express

the many virtues of staying in remote, solitary places

far removed from human habitation.


Therefore, heir of the Victorious Ones,

go to a secluded place and practice!




DIAMOND APPROACH is a registered trademark of the Ridhwan Foundation.  
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The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its fast 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.

Tuition: $750 - $1300

Deposit: $250
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: Camping fee $60


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