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Betsy Perluss

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Betsy Perluss, Ph.D. (she/they), a lover of landscape, story, and myth, grew up as a semi-feral child on Pimu (Catalina Island), where she was ignited with a passion for wild and unbounded places. She stumbled upon the School of Lost Borders in 1998 and has since been involved as a participant, guide, trainer, board member, and member of the elder’s and guiding councils. Betsy aspires to live a life informed by the wisdom of the land, the pan-cultural ceremony, and the mystery of initiatory rites. She is an accepting, down-to-earth guide who brings a mix of sacred and profane, gravity and playfulness to her work. As a “young elder,” Betsy is passionate about supporting new generation guides, mentoring, and being mentored by those who embody the future yet to come. As a guide, her aim is for simplicity and spaciousness, and to facilitate spaces that are inclusive and accessible to all who desire to participate. 

Betsy is a certified Jungian Analyst with a background in eco and liberation psychologies. In addition, Betsy’s passions include dreamwork, ancient feminine initiatory rites, and Christian mysticism. Betsy teaches ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and, from 2001-2012, was a professor of counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. She splits her time between Grass Valley on the Sierra Nevada’s western slopes and the Owens Valley’s eastside, traditionally known as Payahuunadü, the “land of flowing water.”  

Email: [email protected]

For more about Betsy and her writing, please visit her website at betsyperluss.com or her blog at www.psycheandnature.com 

GUIDE'S UPCOMING PROGRAMS

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CA Summer Vision Fast

The modern day vision quest is a border crossing practice, an opportunity to reclaim our true place in the natural world. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, boundaries begin to dissolve and our vision begins to expand. The threshold place…

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

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 such ways as to be mutually enriched by the...

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Becoming Human: The Four Shields Model of Nature-Based Therapeutics

“If there were a measure of ‘mental health’, it would involve the ability of individuals to grow into the fullness of each season – that is, the ability to fully become, or enact, the contents of each shield.”   – Steven Foster and Meredith Little All…

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CA Women’s Vision Fast

Perhaps you are one of the many women called to this ceremony. Maybe it is time to move deeper into the questions: What is asked of me? How do you source myself? How do I recognize the ancient myths guiding my life? What is drawing...

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Walking Into That Good Night: Exploring Our Relationship With Dying & Death

Physical death is the ultimate rite of passage that we are preparing for on some level throughout our life. Sometimes this “preparing” looks like denial; sometimes sudden illness or life-threats surprise us into looking squarely at the inevitable truth. The more consciously we can turn...

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The Four Shields of Dreams and Dreamwork

Dreams are like the mycelium of the psyche, birthed from an underground network of ancient interconnected patterns. Dreams come from nature; they are expressions of our oldest humanity, bodily responses, and our relationship with the more-than-human realm

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CA Month-Long Training

*Pre-requisite for this program is having completed a guided 3 or 4-day/night vision fast within the last five years. This need not have been with the School of Lost Borders.  Please submit an application to Betsy before enrolling or paying a deposit. You should email Betsy at…

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CA Summer Vision Fast

The modern day vision quest is a border crossing practice, an opportunity to reclaim our true place in the natural world. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, boundaries begin to dissolve and our vision begins to expand. The threshold place…

Read More...

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

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 such ways as to be mutually enriched by the...

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CA Women’s Vision Fast

Perhaps you are one of the many women called to this ceremony. Maybe it is time to move deeper into the questions: What is asked of me? How do you source myself? How do I recognize the ancient myths guiding my life? What is drawing...

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