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The School of Lost Borders in committed to creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to express their invdividual natures within old and modern ceremonial practices.

Solitude and silence in wild nature, the commitment to community, honoring personal intent, and the acknowledgment and responsibility to bring forth one's gifts, are the foundation of our ceremonies and teachings. Every course at the School is a right of passage, a border crossing from the past to the future, from the old to the new, from the outward to the inward, from the self to the Self. The emphasis is on the challenge of life transitions, the borders we all must cross.

Rites of Passage trainings for vision fast guides and other human beings.  Trainings explore the elements of The Four Shields of Human Nature, Mirroring, and Storytelling in immersion programs through one week, two week of month-long trainings.

The modern day vision fast is a border crossing practice. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, boundaries begin to dissolve and our vision begins to expand. Everything is pregnant with meaning, and nature speaks to us in the voices of rock, tree, and wind. Following the ancient pathway of this rite of passage, we step into our true nature and remember our home among the wild. We become who we were born to be.

As our modern culture has grown ever more sophisticated, we have also become ever more divorced from our natural surroundings and from ancient wisdom about living and dying. We have pushed Death away from Life, the dying away from the living - all in order to impose the illusion of control on the uncertainty of change. We have lost touch with the natural world and with our place in it as mortal animals. We have forgotten "how to die."

We seek to answer a call heard in the voices of people who sit in our circles. Many people express a longing to bring their deep and ceremonial relationship with wild nature into their work lives, homes, relationships and communities. Living the Practices is designed to synthesize the traditions of the School of Lost Borders with spiritual, artistic/creative, personal and professional disciplines and practices.

Upcoming Programs

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18-Month Rite of Passage Ceremonial Immersion

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…

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

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…

Young Adults Wilderness Rites of Passage – Dates TBD

Dates and other logistics for this program are to be determined. For all inquiries and interest: Please contact Siri Gunnarson at [email protected] Every summer the…

Dark Nature: Matrix of Initiatory Growth

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…

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

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…

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…

Open Desert, Open Mind

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. …

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

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…

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

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…

CO Two Week 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…

"We do not go into the desert to escape people, but to learn how to find them: we don't 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

"We do not go into the desert to escape people, but to learn how to find them: we don't 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

"We do not go into the desert to escape people, but to learn how to find them: we don't 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

"We do not go into the desert to escape people, but to learn how to find them: we don't 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