Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach (FULL with waitlist)

Jun 25th, 2021 - Jul 2nd, 2021
Wild Mountain, CO
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Intimate and direct contact with the natural world is an ancient, direct, and profound doorway to being. Our ancestors knew this, and we are rediscovering it. Curiosity, experiential inquiry, mindfulness, simple ceremony, and group council open the door wider and deepen this contact. This retreat is a chance to step outside your familiar life, be nourished by nature, find the support of deep listening, and discover renewal, guidance, and inspiration. Here, wilderness provides a welcoming, accessible, and powerful way home.

The Foundations:
This retreat draws together two powerful paths.

The School of Lost Borders’ orientation and practices root our work in immersion in the natural world, ceremonial ways of relating to the land and ourselves, and a four-fold map of nature, including human nature—body, heart, mind, and spirit. The School’s forms include vision fasts, rites of passage, and council practice, each of which informs the Diamond in the Rough retreats.

The Diamond Approach® brings clarity and richness to the lessons of the wild. Its practice of open and open-ended inquiry, along with its map of consciousness and reality, leads to the realization of our essence while helping us work through barriers to this realization. The growing freedom that results is expressed in our authentic presence, aliveness, fulfillment, love, and service.

Integrating these paths offers an inviting and transformative journey.

The Retreat:
Most days, we begin with a brief orientation with the remainder of the day devoted to solo time in nature. These solos provide a chance to touch, challenge, and expand your experience through the lessons of wild nature. In the evenings, we share our unfolding stories. Midway through the retreat, a 24-hour solo deepens these inquiries.

This retreat is appropriate for those who are new to the Diamond Approach and wilderness camping as well as those who have extensive experience with either. Previous wilderness experience is not necessary.

Our basecamp will be Wild Mountain Ranch near Buena Vista, Colorado, in the central Rockies, a place of meadows, aspen groves, pine forests, high ridges, and extraordinary views. This basecamp affords us solitude, expanse, and beauty as well as opportunities to experience a variety of ecosystems within easy walking distance. It is about 3.5 hours from Denver and Boulder. We will be able to drive to our basecamp, and you can choose how far to walk on your solos; stay near or walk far as you are called. A gear list and other details for preparation will be sent soon after you register. A nonrefundable deposit of $300 will hold your space on this retreat.



The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its programs and trainings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.

Scholarships are available.

Tuition: $800 - $1400

Deposit: $300
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: Camping Fee $70


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