Global Programs and Community

The School of Lost Borders is a university without walls, a school without borders. Although our headquarters have been in the Eastern Sierra of California for over 35 years, our courses can now be found in many locales - from Death Valley and the Rocky Mountains, to the moors and mountains of other continents. Over the years we have brought together a social, cultural and ethnically diverse population of questers, trainees, colleagues, and friends. Our work has been deeply informed by the rich weave and wisdom of the many personal stories shared in intimate natural settings.


Lost Borders International: The School holds the intent and promise that one day meaningful Rites of Passage will be available to all people worldwide. With the present state of our planet and the incredible challenges each individual faces it is very heartening to witness this ancient rite re-emerging globally. The School of Lost Borders is committed to supporting the continuation of this movement and to supporting and empowering guides and colleagues around the world.


1.  We offer scholarship support for school programs to people around the world who feel called to bring this work to their own people and culture. People from out-of-country who are interested in attending trainings here at the School and would like to learn more about scholarship possibilities, may contact [email protected] for further information.  


2.  We invite guest teachers/guides, one each year, from outside our country to offer seminars that they have developed from their own cultural and personal perspective, in support of our individuals and trainees.


3.  We respond to requests from other countries that would like our support to return wilderness rites of passage into their countries and cultures.  Contact us for suggested steps that we take in support of this, and how people from other countries might approach us.


4.  We respond to requests for some Lost Borders guides to attend and/or speak at various conferences, seminars, cross-cultural events and gatherings around the world.


5.  We are a supporting member of the Wilderness Guides Council, a diverse network of guides that began to form in 1988 by invitation of Steven Foster, Meredith Little and Ron Pevny, and is currently developing the first international online directory of wilderness rite of passage and earth-based programs.


6.  We support and attend the Intercontinental/International Gathering of Wilderness Guides that our co-founder Steven Foster began in 2001, and continues to gather every other year in places like S. Africa, Black Forest, Ukraine, England, etc.


Independent Global Programs and our World Wide Community:

 Some Lost Borders guides are offering vision fast and trainings in other countries in partnership with local guides to cultivate the growth of wilderness rites of passage and the many forms of Field Therapy, Four Shields teaching, Council, Mirroring, and The Practice of Living and Dying.  


These programs are offered in full support of the school but not offered through the school. For further information about international visits contact Meredith for her schedule, Ruth for her schedule, and/or Gigi Coyle for her Council work abroad.


Global Programs

  • Mirroring Wild Experience UK (Postponed until 2021)

    Aug 31st, 2020 - Sep 6th, 2020
    Ruth Wharton, Pedro McMillian
    [email protected]

     Do you long to build deeper intimacy with nature?

     Do you yearn to be deeply seen and heard and profoundly connect with others?

    Join us for a week-long immersion into the art of story telling and listening, of journeying deep into nature and into ourselves, to find the wisdom and treasure that await in realising that those two journeys are one and the same.

    Use this link for more information

  • Wilderness Rites of Passage Guide Training - Australia (Full with waitlist)

    Nov 21st, 2020 - Dec 4th, 2020
    Ruth Wharton, Larry Hobbs
    [email protected]

    Wilderness Rites of Passage have been practiced in cultures around the world as a way to celebrate and transition from one phase of life to the next - to leave behind what no longer serves and step into life as it is now. These can be developmental phases of life, like moving from adolescence to adulthood, or the many other transitions we face throughout our lives. In this modern day, there is much value in returning to wild places to remind us that as humans we are deeply connected to and part of nature.

We do not go into the desert to escape

people but to learn how to find them:
we do not leave them in order to have

nothing more to do with them,
but to find out the way
to do them the most good.

Thomas Merton-