Patrilinear hierarchical systems have pushed life on earth to the raw edge of social and ecological sustainability. Many of us feel the global crisis reverberating acutely in our own bodies, in the rawness of our personal lives, and in the torn fabric of our communities. And, at the same time, the ancient evolutionary imperative to re-member…

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Rite of  Passage ceremonies have been held in near infinite forms and shapes for thousands of years, shaping and shifting according to weather, landscape, ancestral lineages and the particular needs of the community which enacted them.   What sets modern rite of passages apart, is not so much the forms of ceremony we use today,…

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The twelve day immersion ceremony involves four days of preparation, four days and nights of fasting alone, and four days of incorporation in Death Valley.  (Payahüünadü), at Baker Creek Campground, and the solo threshold phase of the ceremony will take place in Death Valley National Park (Tüpippüh Valley).

 

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“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,  we have come to our real work  and when we no longer know which way to go,  we have begun our real journey.  The mind that is not baffled is not employed.  The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ~ Wendell Berry…

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The need to become anew lives deep in our ancestral bones because it was, and is, crucial for the survival of our communities that we let go of what no longer serves, and enter the calling of our new becoming. Life transitions are initiatory invitations to go out onto the land, to take time out…

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Since answering the call to guiding in 2011, Kim (she/her) has wandered deserts, mountains, rainforests, and the physical and psychic landscapes in between, with humans of all ages. This work began with wilderness therapy, and expanded into rites of passage, with the two often being intertwined on the shared journey of remembering our individual and…

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Patrilinear hierarchical systems have pushed life on earth to the raw edge of social and ecological sustainability. Many of us feel the global crisis reverberating acutely in our own bodies, in the rawness of our personal lives, and in the torn fabric of our communities.  At the same time, the ancient evolutionary imperative to re-member wholeness,…

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Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach (she/her) grew up in rural Montana, where she was raised as much by the wilderness as by her nature loving parents and horse ranching community. Inspired by the Rocky Mountains, glacier fed rivers, ancient forests, and creatures of her homeland she declared her life purpose at age six; “I will work with…

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Life transitions, like entering adulthood, midlife or elderhood are always “DNA invitations” to go out on the land. The need to become anew is planted deeply into our ancestral bones because it was (and is!) crucial for the survival of the community that we let go of what no longer serves and enter the calling…

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“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,  we have come to our real work  and when we no longer know which way to go,  we have begun our real journey.  The mind that is not baffled is not employed.  The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ~ Wendell Berry…

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