CO Three Week 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 into life as it is now. These can be developmental phases of life, like moving from adolescence to adulthood, or the many other transitions we face throughout our lives. In this modern day, there is great value in returning to wild places to remind us humans that we are deeply connected to and part of nature. Just as the seasons shift, our own life changes are calling out to be recognized through ceremony and marked with clear intention. We are able to see ourselves and be seen in profound and accepting ways when we are mirrored by the natural world and witnessed by others.
This training will bring together an international group in an expansive natural learning environment, the majestic and wild mountains of Colorado. Together with each other, nature, and the wild beings who call this place home, you will be initiated into the guides and leaders you are, so you may bring these necessary practices back to your communities. In this experiential training you will learn the bare bones of this ancient and yet modern ceremony. The focus will be learning and practicing the art of mirroring people’s stories from the land while learning how to prepare and support people in creating meaningful and powerful wilderness rites of passages.
This training will cover all of the following topics:
- Council Practices and Creating a Safe and Inclusive Container
- 4 Shields of Human Nature Teaching
- Role of the Guide
- Screening and Preparation of participants
- Intention Setting
- Physical and Emotional Safety
- Self Generated Ceremony
- Cultural Appropriation
- Your own 4 Day and Night Solo Time on the Land
- Story Mirroring and Storytelling
- Incorporation of the Experience
- Applications of these Practices with Various Populations
Prerequisite: Participation in at least one facilitated vision fast or solo experience.
Program Questions Contact: Ruth “Roo” Wharton at [email protected]
***Please note: We ask that you vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend this program.
Additional course details & Materials
Please plan to arrive on the afternoon of July 29th and we will end mid-day on August 20th. ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fee of $150 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.
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: A Vision Fast Handbook for Adults, which contains information on flora, fauna, weather, emergency procedures as well as suggestions for preparing for the vision fast. Also, highly recommended is The Roaring of the Sacred River, a training manual for “field eco-therapy”. All publications are available at Lost Borders Press.
Wild Mountain is land of the Tabeguache Ute people and other Indigenous tribes who traveled through this area of the Colorado Rockies. The Ute lived and hunted in this abundant land of elk, buffalo, deer, and bear before white settlers came and forced them onto reservations in southwest Colorado and Utah.
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