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. Please join with us to help sustain our commitment to continue to foster rites of passage work in the world.

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

CA Month-Long Training

Jun 12 - Jul 14, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Petra Lentz-Snow, Meredith Little, Kim Belair Training

*Pre-requite for this program is having completed a guided 3 or 4-day/night vision fast. Need not have been with the School of Lost Borders. For forty years the School of Lost Borders has offered ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 22 - Jun 29, 2024 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion, Ken Crocker Living the Practices

Direct and intimate contact with the natural world is an ancient and profound doorway to being. Our ancestors knew this, and we are rediscovering it. Curiosity, experiential inquiry, mindfulness, ...

CA Summer Women’s Fast

Jul 8 - Jul 19, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair Vision Fast

Since time immemorial Rites of Passage Ceremonies have facilitated change, offering a simple but indispensable container to transition from one life stage to another, to let go of (die to) the old ...

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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..."