School of Lost Borders

Over 40 years of bringing meaningful rites of passage into the modern world through vision fasts, trainings, and transformative nature-based programs.

Cross into the natural world to mark and celebrate significant life transitions.


Learn how to guide rites of passage and support your community.


Remember the ancient wisdom of living and dying in connection with the natural world.


Integrate ceremony and nature-based practices into everyday life and work.

The renewal of meaningful, modern day rites of passage are essential for the health of ourselves, our communities, and our planet.

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2021 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Ruth “Roo” Wharton Vision Fast

The call of the earth is getting louder! The ecological stress we see in wildfires, flooding, and global pandemics can leave you feeling helpless, frightened and stuck. Technology and the fast pace ...

CA Summer Vision Fast

Aug 2 - Aug 14, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Scott Eberle Vision Fast

The modern day vision quest is a border crossing practice, an opportunity to reclaim our true place in the natural world. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, ...

CO Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Story Telling and Listening

Aug 4 - Aug 8, 2021 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Ray Hillis, Scot Deily Training

The shields of human nature turn with the experiences of life, from the smallest cell to the great seamless whole of the biosphere called earth. It begins with the body (summer), turns into psyche ...

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" We began way back when, in the days when revolution was in the air, when rock and roll was filled with protest and the young were sticking flowers in the gun barrels of National Guardsmen. Even then, the answer to the dilemma of culture was clear: True revolution would never come about until the children remembered the way to get to adulthood - and the adults to true elderhood - and the elders to honorable death..."


Your generosity helps make our work accessible to all who are called to our programs. It also supports the ongoing legacy and sustainability of the School of Lost Borders.