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“This training has totally changed my life! I was seen in my totality and held in a wonderful and fun community. Being on the land has given me a true purpose and helped me live life more awake, more fully, more truly.”

- Mara, 2018

For more than 40 years, the School of Lost Borders has offered trainings for students, therapists, teachers, caregivers, and guides around the world. Our trainings are for those interested in deepening their understanding of rites of passage, self-generated ceremonies, and initiatory eco-therapies. They are highly experiential and provide the skills needed to support people in transition through nature-based initiatory practices. These trainings are transformative both personally and professionally and involve a profound immersion in the natural world.

TWO WEEK TRAINING

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This training is specific to facilitating a wilderness rite of passage, known as a vision fast. This training focuses on council, physical and emotional preparation, intention setting, supporting self generated ceremony, mirroring, incorporation, and applying rites of passage to diverse settings.

MONTH LONG TRAINING

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Our most comprehensive training which weaves together a collection of multiple trainers throughout the month. This training includes in depth foundations of rites of passage work, council, mirroring training, practice of living and dying, vision fast facilitation, and incorporation.

MIRRORING TRAINING

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An experiential and interactive training that involves daily intentional walks on the land followed by community reflection. Learn how to deeply listen to and respond to peoples stories through the practice of mirroring. This practice is applicable in diverse settings.

FOUR SHIELDS OF HUMAN NATURE

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An in-depth exploration of the four seasons of human nature through daily intentional time on the land and storytelling. Exploring human nature in relationship with the earth provides a profound understanding of how to support others in deepening connections with themselves, one another, and the land.

Ceremonial Immersion

Cerimonial Immersion

A community-based plunge into what it means to be wholly alive human beings.  Across 2 years of land-based and zoom gatherings, we create a rare kind of human container that both nourishes the communal ceremonial spirit in each of us and feeds the Ceremony itself. We sit with holy earth and listen to the whisperings of the wild world around us.

Upcoming Training Programs

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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

*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 ...

BIPOC Mirroring Training: Reflecting BIPOC Stories through Nature and Belonging

This program is run by Wild Mountain Retreats and bookable direct on their website This program is open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC). Many of whom have ...

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

Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2024 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Scot Deily

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

Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2024 Big Pine, CA Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka

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 ...

CA Two Week Training

Sep 21 - Oct 5, 2024 Big Pine & Eureka Valley, California Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Angelo Joseph Lazenka

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 ...

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

Sep 29 - Oct 4, 2024 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach

“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 ...

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

Mar 17 - Mar 23, 2025 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach

“Stories are a form of medicine that can operate at the deepest levels of self and soul.” Michael Meade   Telling one’s own story is an ancient art. Nowadays, we ...

CA Month-Long Training

Jun 18 - Jul 20, 2025 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Meredith Little, Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair

*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 ...

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

Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2025 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Scot Deily

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 ...

CO Two Week Training

Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2025 Wild Mountain, Colorado Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Kelly McClelland

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 28 - Oct 3, 2025 Big Pine, CA Betsy Perluss, Kim Belair

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 ...

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