renew your commitment to support rites of passage!

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.

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. 2021 has been a potent year, and the pandemic underscored the importance of connecting with the land and each other during this time.  Although we offered as many programs as we could, we lost income due to Covid-19 which impacted our available scholarship funds.  Our dream is that all who wish to participate are able.

We humbly ask for you to consider making a donation to the School in order to help us meet the needs of the times ahead.

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

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

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2023 Big Pine, CA Betsy Perluss, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach 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 ...

CO Fall Vision Fast

Oct 7 - Oct 19, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

As the leaves change, a different way of life is tugging at your heart. A new story is begging to be told. And your gifts are longing to be shared with the world. Marking life passages allows you ...

Let Go into the Mystery: The East Shield of Living and Dying

Oct 7 - Oct 15, 2023 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

All is a circle within me.I have gone into the earth and out again.I have gone to the edge of the sky.Now all is at peace within me.Now all has a place to come home.—Nancy WoodThroughout time and ...

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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..."