Past Programs

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, ...

Young Adults Nature Based Rite of Passage

Jun 13 - Jun 24, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Nick LaHaise, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Vision Fast

  You are a young person in this world, with childhood behind you, no longer a teenager, you have aged into the phase of young adulthood.  Are you an adult? How? When? Why?  What does being an ...

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 ...

The Four Directions of a Queer Man: Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation

Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Collin Brown, Paul Browde Living the Practices

Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice.  The massive task of our adult lives is to ...

CO June Queer Quest 2

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature's diversity and honors ...

BIPOC Diamond In the Rough (invite only)

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2024 Four Springs Retreat Center, CA John Davis, Marlena deCarion Living the Practices

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CO June Queer Quest

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature's diversity and honors ...

Reclaiming the Divine Masculine

May 18 - May 25, 2024 Wildlands in the San Francisco Bay Area Scott Eberle, Logan Falley Training

ONE SPOT REMAINING! Reclaiming the Divine Masculine A Program for Men in this Modern Age For the longest time, patriarchal beliefs and proscribed gender roles have discouraged men from ...

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 13 - May 24, 2024 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Cori Wright Vision Fast

A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective as she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature's calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an ...

The Nature of Council

May 3 - May 10, 2024 Big Pine, California Sam DeBoskey, Yamin Chehin Training

“There is a world behind the world we see that is the same world but more open, more transparent, without blocks. Like inside a big mind, the animals and humans all can talk, and those who pass ...

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 8 - Apr 19, 2024 Big Pine & Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Scot Deily Vision Fast

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 ...

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

Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2024 Death Valley, CA Meredith Little Living & Dying

A place to stay untouched by death Does not exist. It does not exist in space, it does not exist in the ocean, Nor if you stay in the middle of a mountain. - The Buddha "Awareness of death is ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast

Mar 12 - Mar 23, 2024 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life.  Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people ...

The Four Shields of Dreams and Dreamwork

Mar 2 - Mar 9, 2024 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Kim Belair Living the Practices

A dream comes from the same source as a tree or a wild pig—Nature itself. —Marie-Louise von Franz  Dreams are like the mycelium of the psyche, birthed from an underground network of ancient ...

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Feb 19 - Mar 1, 2024 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Nick LaHaise Vision Fast

“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 ...

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 7 - Nov 19, 2023 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

Like the waxing and waning of the moon, our inner essence is reflected in the creative forces of nature, in the continual movement of light and dark. Throughout the stages of our lives, we flow ...

CA Fall Vision Fast

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2023 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair Vision Fast

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 ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2023 Death Valley, California Meredith Little, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life. Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people through ...

The Elder’s Journey: The Four Shields of Elderhood for Women

Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2023 Aravaipa Canyon Ranch and Retreat Center - Winkelman, Arizona (extra cost for accommodations apply) Silvia Talavera, Cary Gaunt Living the Practices

“We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and scattered.” Kahlil Gibran Throughout the ages, elder women ...

Let Go into the Mystery: The East Shield of Living and Dying

Oct 7 - Oct 15, 2023 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

All is a circle within me.I have gone into the earth and out again.I have gone to the edge of the sky.Now all is at peace within me.Now all has a place to come home.—Nancy WoodThroughout time and ...

CO Fall Vision Fast

Oct 7 - Oct 19, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

As the leaves change, a different way of life is tugging at your heart. A new story is begging to be told. And your gifts are longing to be shared with the world. Marking life passages allows you ...

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

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2023 Big Pine, CA Betsy Perluss, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Training

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 ...

The Four Shields of Wholeness for Women

Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2023 Big Pine and Eureka Valley Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach, Kim Belair Training

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 ...

CO Two Week Training

Sep 2 - Sep 17, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Pedro McMillan Training

This training gives students an immersion in a rite of passage ceremony, including the skills involved in leading the vision fast and an understanding of how the principles of rites of passage can ...

Transforming Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Living the Practices

When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future. --Thomas Hubl Ancestral Trauma The stories in our lineage are part of who we are today, but much of their influence remains ...

CO Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Story Telling and Listening

Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2023 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

Who is this miracle speaking to me? And who is this miracle listening? What amazingness are we creating? Out of gray matter a star spark of thought leaps between synapses into the air, and ...

Intergenerational Women’s Fast

Aug 10 - Aug 19, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Vision Fast

Intergenerational Women’s Vision Fast - Remembering Ourselves Home -   To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than ...

CA Summer Vision Fast

Jul 31 - Aug 12, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera 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, ...

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2023 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Colleen Bishop, tbird (Thompson) Bishop Vision Fast

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion 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 Month-Long Training

Jun 14 - Jul 16, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Petra Lentz-Snow, Meredith Little, Kim Belair Training

The month-long intensive is designed for those who seek to explore and develop their vocation as wilderness guides within the tradition of the School of Lost Borders. Participants are given the ...

CO June Queer Quest

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors ...

The Four Directions of a Queer Man: Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation

Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Collin Brown, Paul Browde Living the Practices

Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice.  The massive task of our adult lives is to ...

CA Men’s Vision Fast

May 20 - Jun 1, 2023 Big Pine, California Sam DeBoskey, Scott Davidson Vision Fast

The world is changing fast… and we must do our best to keep up. We now face unprecedented waves of transformation. The blossoming and decay of our modern ways is calling attention to fundamental ...

Protected: BIPOC Diamond In the Rough (invite only)

May 17 - May 21, 2023 CA John Davis, Marlena deCarion Vision Fast

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

May 15 - May 20, 2023 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Katie Teague Training

The Four Shields model offers us a compass to help us find our way back to our origins on this living planet. This wheel of human nature was handed down to Steven and Meredith in the early days of ...

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 10 - May 21, 2023 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Petra Lentz-Snow Vision Fast

A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective as she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature's calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an ...

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 3 - Apr 14, 2023 Big Pine & Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Scot Deily Vision Fast

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 ...

In the Death Lodge: Forgiveness, Apology and Reconciliation

Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2023 Mesquite Springs campground, Death Valley Meredith Little Living & Dying

Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die. —Nelson Mandela Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast

Mar 7 - Mar 18, 2023 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

Please note: The Ballcourt ceremony is considered an “advanced program” in the Practice of Living & Dying (PLD) curriculum and is the only one in the series that has a prerequisite. Read ...

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Feb 13 - Feb 24, 2023 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Nick LaHaise Vision Fast

“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 ...

Open Desert, Open Mind

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2022 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera Living the Practices

Death Valley is a vast open space that stretches on for miles.  Here the scale of desolate earth and expansive sky is something to behold.  Jack Kornfield writes about the open mind in manner that ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2022 Death Valley, California Meredith Little, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life. Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people through ...

Invitation Only Women’s Fast 2022

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2022 Cottonwood Canyon, Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Siri Gunnarson, Kim Belair Living & Dying

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 ...

The Elder’s Journey: The Four Shields of Elderhood for Women

Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2022 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Cary Gaunt Living the Practices

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

CO Late Fall Vision Fast (October)

Oct 4 - Oct 16, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

The sun sets on the heat and vibrance of summer. Fall is upon us, full of its hearty compost and harvests. Just as the seasons turn around us, the seasons of our lives turn with them. These changes ...

CA Two Week Training

Oct 2 - Oct 15, 2022 Big Pine & Eureka Valley, California Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Training

In these times of change and uncertainty, it is crucial that we show up for our community in ways that truly serve. The world is calling us to listen in new and old ways to connect with the land and ...

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

Sep 19 - Sep 24, 2022 Big Pine, California Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Betsy Perluss Training

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 ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2022 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily, Ray Hillis Vision Fast

The land knows you, even when you are lost. ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer In increasing times of unrest and uncertainty it can be a common human experience to gravitate towards more “certainty” ...

Intergenerational Women’s Fast

Sep 3 - Sep 10, 2022 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Vision Fast

Since time immemorial, women have gathered to celebrate, honor and support life. In doing so we form a sisterhood deeply rooted in our own authentic nature. As we join together to share our stories ...

18-Month Rite of Passage Ceremonial Immersion

Aug 31 - Aug 31, 2022 Various Locations Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

No matter our ancestry, we are all a part of the lineage upon this living planet. And because of this it is in our bones to be called again and again to the land and into ceremony  to ...

CO Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Story Telling and Listening

Aug 17 - Aug 22, 2022 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Ray Hillis, Scot Deily Training

Who is this miracle speaking to me? And who is this miracle listening? What amazingness are we creating? Out of gray matter a star spark of thought leaps between synapses into the air, and ...

CA Summer Vision Fast

Aug 1 - Aug 13, 2022 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Betsy Perluss 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, ...

The Four Shields of Wholeness for Women

Jul 17 - Jul 23, 2022 Los Padres National Forest, CA Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Training

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 ...

Transforming Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Jul 3 - Jul 9, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Living the Practices

When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future. --Thomas Hubl This program provides an opportunity to consciously explore how the shadows of the past remain undigested in our ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion Living the Practices

For the 2023 Diamond in the Rough program please click here For the 2024 Diamond in the Rough program, please click here   Intimate and direct contact with the natural world is an ...

CA Month-Long Training

Jun 15 - Jul 17, 2022 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Larry Hobbs, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Petra Lentz-Snow, Will Scott, Meredith Little Training

The month-long intensive is designed for those who seek to explore and develop their vocation as wilderness guides within the tradition of the School of Lost Borders. Participants are given the ...

CO June Queer Quest

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors ...

Young Adults Wilderness Rites of Passage

Jun 6 - Jun 16, 2022 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Siri Gunnarson, Sam DeBoskey Vision Fast

Every summer the School of Lost Borders offers a wilderness rite of passage for young people ready to confirm their entry into adulthood. Nearly every culture on the planet shows evidence of a ...

The Four Directions of a Queer Man: Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation

May 21 - May 28, 2022 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Collin Brown, Paul Browde Living the Practices

Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice.  The massive task of our adult lives is to ...

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

May 16 - May 21, 2022 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Training

The Four Shields model offers us a compass to help us find our way back to our origins on this living planet. This wheel of human nature was handed down to Steven and Meredith in the early days of ...

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 16 - May 27, 2022 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Petra Lentz-Snow Vision Fast

A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective as she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature’s calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an ...

Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Scot Deily Living the Practices

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes This program is an invitation to all who have experienced a vision fast, had an idea, a ...

Dark Nature: Matrix of Initiatory Growth

Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022 Eureka Valley, California Meredith Little Training

Of all the shields of human nature, the dark or fall shield can be at once the most compelling and the most frightening. It calls on us continually to risk everything, to let go of what has come ...

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 11 - Apr 22, 2022 Big Pine & Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Nick LaHaise Vision Fast

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 ...

18-Month Rite of Passage Ceremonial Immersion

Mar 14 - Mar 14, 2022 Various Locations Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

There is one place left in this round, plus a few last spots for the next upcoming 18-Month Ceremonial Immersion (beginning August 2022), please visit this link. No matter our ancestry, we are all ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast

Mar 13 - Mar 24, 2022 Death Valley, California Meredith Little, Scott Eberle Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life.  Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people ...

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Feb 21 - Mar 4, 2022 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Scot Deily Vision Fast

“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 ...

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2021 Death Valley, California Silvia Talavera, Cynthia Morrow Vision Fast

One of a woman's greatest longings is to be seen and known in her most wild and authentic self - a self that is intimately intertwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the waxing ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2021 Death Valley, California Meredith Little, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life. Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people through ...

Let Go into the Mystery: The East Shield of Living and Dying

Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2021 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

Throughout time and cultures, people have crossed borders of their ordinary lives seeking contact with the Mystery. An experience of Oneness, it is beyond any fixed identity. Called by many names, ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2021 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily Vision Fast

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for ...

The Elder’s Journey: Four Shields of Eldering for Women

Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021 Big Pine, California Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris Living the Practices

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

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

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2021 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Training

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 ...

The Nature of Illness, Loss and Death

Sep 12 - Sep 19, 2021 Big Pine, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Living & Dying

The pandemic has recently brought the nature of illness, loss and death sharply into our collective consciousness reminding us that no human, no matter how healthy or resourced, is immune to ...

Transforming Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 30 - Sep 5, 2021 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Living the Practices

This program provides an opportunity to consciously explore how the shadows of the past remain undigested in our personal and collective lives. To what degree are we aware of their impact on our ...

CO Three Week Training

Aug 28 - Sep 19, 2021 Wild Mountain, Colorado Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Pedro McMillan Training

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 ...

The Four Shields of Wholeness for Women

Aug 23 - Aug 23, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Living the Practices

Patrilinear hierarchical systems have pushed life on earth to the edge of social and ecological sustainability.  As women we feel the pain of the global crisis resonating in our bodies and personal ...

CO Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Story Telling and Listening

Aug 4 - Aug 8, 2021 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Ray Hillis, Scot Deily Training

The shields of human nature turn with the experiences of life, from the smallest cell to the great seamless whole of the biosphere called earth. It begins with the body (summer), turns into psyche ...

CA Summer Vision Fast

Aug 2 - Aug 14, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Scott Eberle 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, ...

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2021 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Ruth “Roo” Wharton Vision Fast

The call of the earth is getting louder! The ecological stress we see in wildfires, flooding, and global pandemics can leave you feeling helpless, frightened and stuck. Technology and the fast pace ...

CO Two Week Training

Jul 1 - Jul 14, 2021 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

The two week training offers the participant an immersion into the vision fast ceremony, including the beginning skills necessary to lead it and an understanding of how the principles of the vision ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2021 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion Living the Practices

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, ...

CA Month-Long Training

Jun 16 - Jul 18, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Petra Lentz-Snow, Meredith Little, John Davis Training

The month-long intensive is designed for those who seek to explore and develop their vocation as wilderness guides within the tradition of the School of Lost Borders. Participants are given the ...

CO Queer Quest

Jun 8 - Jun 20, 2021 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Ruth “Roo” Wharton Vision Fast

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors ...

Queer Men in the Life Lodge: Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation

Jun 6 - Jun 13, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Collin Brown Living & Dying

Imagine you, as a queer man, living in a community that has its own “Death Lodge,” a place where a dying person can rest and receive the visitors who come to say goodbye. This is the natural ...

Young Adults Wilderness Rites of Passage

May 28 - Jun 7, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Siri Gunnarson, Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd Vision Fast

Every summer the School of Lost Borders offers a wilderness rite of passage for young people ready to confirm their entry into adulthood. Nearly every culture on the planet shows evidence of a ...

CA Men’s Vision Fast (Postponed until 2022)

May 19 - May 30, 2021 Big Pine, California Will Scott, Larry Hobbs Vision Fast

The mystery is calling! The Sun is rising and illuminating a new and yet very ancient story about the value and worth of what it means to be a man. Perhaps now more than ever -- or perhaps now just ...

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

May 17 - May 22, 2021 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Training

The Four Shields model offers us guidance in the form of a map to help us find our way back to our origins on this living planet. This earth-based wheel of human nature was handed down to Steven ...

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 17 - May 28, 2021 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Petra Lentz-Snow Vision Fast

A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective as she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature’s calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an ...

Dark Nature: Matrix of Initiatory Growth

Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2021 Eureka Valley, California Meredith Little Training

Of all the shields of human nature, the dark or fall shield can be at once the most compelling and the most frightening. It calls on us continually to risk everything, to let go of what has come ...

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 5 - Apr 16, 2021 Big Pine and Eureka Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Vision Fast

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 ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast (Postponed until 2022)

Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2021 Death Valley Scott Eberle, Meredith Little Living & Dying, Past Programs

An Advanced Program in  “The Practice of Living and Dying” Death is the ultimate agent of transformation - be it a physical death or "the little deaths" encountered throughout life. ...

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2020 Death Valley Betsy Perluss, Silvia Talavera Vision Fast

One of a woman’s greatest longings is to be seen and known in her most wild and authentic self – a self that is intimately intertwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 21 - Nov 1, 2020 Death Valley Meredith Little, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life.  Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people ...

Open Desert, Open Mind: A Wilderness Program for Contemplatives

Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2020 Eureka Valley Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera Living the Practices

The very transparent, unfixed, yet alive quality of consciousness is its nature, a bit like air around us.  If you relax and allow this experience of unfixed knowing, you will discover what ...

CA Two Week Training (Full with waitlist)

Oct 10 - Oct 23, 2020 Big Pine and Eureka Valley Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Larry Hobbs Training

This training gives the student an immersion in the vision fast ceremony, including the skills involved in leading the vision fast and an understanding of how the principles of the vision fast can ...

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

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2020 Big Pine, CA- Baker Creek Campground Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Betsy Perluss Training

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 ...

The Elder’s Journey: Four Shields of Eldering for Women

Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2020 Baker Creek Campground - Big Pine, California Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris Living the Practices

“We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and scattered.” - Kahlil Gibran Throughout the ages, elder ...

NM Fall Vision Fast (Full with waitlist)

Sep 20 - Oct 1, 2020 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch NM Emerald North, , Ray Hillis Vision Fast

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for ...

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