Our Programs

The School of Lost Borders is committed to creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to express their individual natures within old and modern ceremonial practices. Solitude and silence in wild nature, the commitment to community, honoring of personal intent, and the acknowledgment and responsibility to bring forth ones gifts, are the foundation of our ceremonies and teachings. Every course at the School is a rite of passage, a border crossing from the past to the future, from the old to the new, from the outward to the in ward, from the self to the Self. The emphasis is on the challenge of life transitions, the borders we all must cross.

We offer vision fasts and training in the various disciplines and related fields that support vision fast guides. We also offer programs for those wishing to incorporate their experiences into their lives.

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Vision Fasts and Training

The modern day vision fast is a border crossing practice. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, boundaries begin to dissolve and our vision begins to expand. Everything is pregnant with meaning, and nature speaks to us in the voices of rock, tree, and wind. Following the ancient pathway of this rite of passage, we step into our true nature and remember our home among the wild. We become who we were born to be.

Living the Practices

We seek to answer a call heard in the voices of people who sit in our circles. Many people express a longing to bring their deep and ceremonial relationship with wild nature into their work lives, homes, relationships and communities. Living the Practices is designed to synthesize the traditions of the School of Lost Borders with spiritual, artistic/creative, personal and professional disciplines and practices.

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The Practice of Living and Dying

As our modern culture has grown ever more sophisticated, we have also become ever more divorced from our natural surroundings and from ancient wisdom about living and dying. We have pushed Death away from Life, the dying away from the living - all in order to impose the illusion of control on the uncertainty of change. We have lost touch with the natural world and with our place in it as mortal animals. We have forgotten "how to die."

No yearning for an afterlife,
no looking beyond,
no belittling of death,
but only longing for what belongs to us
and serving earth, lest we remain unused.

Ranier Maria Rilke