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.

The Elder’s Journey: Four Shields of Eldering for Women

Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021 Big Pine, California Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris Living the Practices

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

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

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2021 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Training

Telling one’s own story is an ancient art. Nowadays, we have forgotten how to listen and how to tell. Yet the very survival of our species depends on our ability to communicate with each other in ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2021 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily, Ray Hillis Vision Fast

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for ...

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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..."


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