CA Month-Long 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 opportunity and mentorship to fully immerse themselves in the ceremonial and practical aspects of modern day wilderness rites of passage that have evolved throughout years of experimentation and practice and have been passed down through the teaching of our elders. It is a beneficial training for those who plan to integrate the vision fast ceremony with adults, youth, and with diverse populations.
Program Overview: The group will camp together in the heights of the White/Inyo Mountains, cohabitating as individuals while respectfully entering the community of the wild beings of this place. Most days will include time together in council, as well as ceremonial solo time on the land, exploring the themes of the day. The apprentice-trainee must play two roles: that of initiate and that of field therapist, naïve participant and knowing professional. The experiences of initiatory activity on the land will inform and illumine the subject matter of the teaching.
Trainees will have the opportunity to learn from a rotating team of highly experienced guides and teachers from Lost Borders throughout the month, culminating in a four-day personal vision fast.
Prerequisite: Participation in at least one guided 3 or 4 day Vision Fast.
***BEFORE ENROLLING AND PAYING DEPOSIT FOR THE CA MONTH-LONG,
please contact: Betsy Perluss at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
Please plan to arrive by the afternoon of June 14th. We will complete our training around 12PM on July 17th. Additional information will be provided upon enrollment. ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fee of $150 per individual (for the entire month) will be collected at the time of the program.
You will be responsible for bringing your own food and equipment, though we can provide some gear if needed. We ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently. You will need to bring shelter and clothing suitable for a full range of inclement weather.
To address safety concerns during the pandemic, please contact us regarding our current Coronavirus protocols as well as any current travel restrictions. These protocols may affect how you are able to travel to the program. NB as of November 2021 unvaccinated international travellers are not currently permitted entry to the USA as per current CDC Guidelines.
All participants must submit the required health and liability forms.
Following enrollment, please submit the Letter of Intent. We ask that you write a letter of intent at least a month before the program, stating your reasons for enrolling and what is calling you to attend.
If you have questions about the enrollment process contact us at [email protected] or call 760-938-3333.
Required reading for this training includes The Trail to the Sacred Mountain Handbook, which contains information on flora, fauna, weather, emergency procedures and other related information, as well as suggestions for preparing for the vision fast you will be doing the second half of the training. Also, highly recommended is The Roaring of the Sacred River, a training manual for “field eco-therapy”, and the recently published, The School of Lost Borders: A Love Story, a deeply moving account of the history of the School told by Meredith Little. All publications are available at Lost Borders Press.
We will gather in the eastern mountains of Payahuunadü (also known as the Inyo Mountains outside of Big Pine, California). These are the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Nüümü and Newe people.
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