Grief, Loss, and Transformation


Sep 9th, 2020 - Sep 16th, 2020 | Southern Colorado-Dragonback Springs Ranch | Nancy Jane, | Living & Dying

The land around us (and within us) teaches with each passing season, and with each flood, drought, fire and storm, that out of change, crisis and a dying to what was, there appears a new story of form and adaptation. And that how we respond and integrate change into the fabric of our ongoing story colors the character of what comes next.
– Meredith Little, co-founder, School of Lost Borders – 


Death and loss are powerful agents of transformation and come in many forms. The residues of a loved one’s passing, a family member’s suicide, a life-changing health crisis, or physical or emotional trauma plunge us into the disorienting territory of profound grief that may last for years. 

 The raw vulnerability inherent in such experiences needs more than just the passage of time for us to heal. We need community and supportive relationships. In addition, deep in our ancestral memory, we know that ceremony within the context of wild nature can help us move us through such dark passages into a state of renewal and restoration. 

Who this program is for

Perhaps a major loss from years ago remains unexamined or incompletely digested. Perhaps you sense in your bones that change has been precipitated through the ordeal of loss or death and has generated in you the potential to initiate you into a new life.  

We invite you to join us if you feel ready to fully grieve and honor your losses, whatever the cause.  In doing so together, we can open the door to new strengths, gifts, grace, and even gratitude. We are able to experience transformation. 

Program Overview  

The format of the 8-day program is spacious, to allow for delicate insights to emerge. We will meet daily in sharing councils, with teachings followed by experiential reflection walks on the land, and then further councils in the evenings. The framework of the Four Shields will support and help us map out our exploration of grief and loss. Other rituals and practices will enhance our time together. On day six, participants will undertake a 24-hour solo with optional fasting. Upon return participants will share their stories and have them mirrored by the guides.

A note to people with limited wilderness experience: Although we will be camping out for the duration of the program, activities undertaken will be non-strenuous, and our emphasis will always be “safety first.”  We will provide a list of personal equipment that each participant should bring, and we will also provide some group equipment for our base camp.  Our location is private land bordered by National Forest at 9000’ in southern Colorado: Ponderosa pines, a perennial stream, vistas, rocky outcrops, and stillness.

Contact:  [email protected]


TUITION: $850 - $1,500

We have a sliding scale for our programs in an effort to make them accessible. Please pay what you are able and know that your generosity supports the affordability of all our programs. If you need financial support or a payment plan check out our scholarship fund.

Pay program deposit

This deposit signifies your commitment to the program and is deducted from the tuition balance. This is a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit that is required for enrollment.

Submit enrollment form

Once you have paid the program deposit, please fill out and submit the enrollment form below. After your enrollment form is complete, please submit all health and liability forms.

Submit Waitlist form

This program is full; however, you may add your name to the Waitlist by clicking the Waitlist button below.

Additional course details & Materials


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. Please note: As of November 2021, unvaccinated international travelers are not currently permitted entry to the USA as per current CDC Guidelines.

All participants must submit the required health questionnaire and liability form.

If you have questions about the enrollment process contact us at [email protected] or call 760-938-3333.

To learn more about our commitment to regenerative relationships please visit Cultural Relations.

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