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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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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…

CO Fall 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…

The Four Shields of Wholeness for Women

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…

CA Fall Vision Fast

The twelve day immersion ceremony involves four days of preparation, four days and nights of fasting alone, and four days of incorporation in Death Valley.  (Payahüünadü), at Baker Creek Campground, and the solo threshold phase of the ceremony will take place in Death Valley National Park (Tüpippüh Valley).

 

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…

CO Two Week 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…

CO Late Fall Vision Fast (October)

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…

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 Elder’s Journey: The Four Shields of Elderhood 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 people across time and culture.

What about us, now, in our time? As women in all stages of growing into our greater years, there is a growing passion and a commitment to tell our own stories

Mid-Winter 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…

"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