Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream


Nov 5th, 2024 - Nov 11th, 2024 | Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona | Silvia Talavera, Kelly McClelland


 “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

                                                                          – Langston Hughes

The time is now. Come closer. You are the acorn that becomes oak, not willow or cedar. You have a uniqueness that is all your own. We need you. The world needs your gifts now.

This program is an invitation for all folks that are holding a potent vision or dream in their hearts that they long to embody and live out. It is open to all who have experienced a vision fast, life transition, or special event they want to mark or celebrate. It is for those who are timid, terrified, and thrilled, perhaps all at the same time, to move into incorporation and live their fullest truth, lives, and expression.

For decades we have seen folks go out on the land and come back with potent visions, dreams, and transformative changes that they yearn to integrate into their lives. Yet we know that the most challenging part of a rite of passage is the incorporation phase or the rite of return. 

Coming back to a busy life, loved ones, and work after a life-altering experience can leave you in overwhelm, grief, or loneliness. Rarely, at the pace of this modern-day society do we have the threads of an intact culture and community to hold us. This can leave us feeling further disjointed and isolated. It can not only feel daunting but impossible to fully embody your vision and live your dreams.

This program is designed to take incorporation to a deeper level. We will be taking the rites of incorporation through the lens of the Four Shields of Human Nature (a nature-based teaching) and nature itself to help teach, guide, and inspire you.

We will meet every morning for a daily check-in, teachings, and discussions.  In the afternoon you will be given a suggested mission and have 2-3 hours solo time in nature. There will be times in the afternoon and evenings given for reflections and discussions.

It is our hope that you will come away from this program with new skills and a refreshed awareness of ways to work with your visions, dreams, and ideas and carry them forward into your lives.

Program Questions Contact:  Silvia Talavera at [email protected]




TUITION: $900 - $2,700

Sliding Scale: To honor the vast difference of financial resources among us, all of our program tuition is based on a sliding scale. We set forth no criteria and ask that you pay what is appropriate for your circumstances and access to financial resources. You can see recommendations on using the sliding scale here. If the low end of the sliding scale is still too much, scholarship assistance is available , please reach out to the office for more info.

Cancellations: Cancellations are hard on the participant, the School, and the guides. We respect the unpredictability of life, and we are diligent about running an organization sustainably.

-If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start date of your program, you will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, minus any deposits.

-If you cancel 59 days or less prior to the start date of your program, and we can fill your spot, then you will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, minus any deposits.

-If we cannot fill your spot, and you cancel within 59 days of the start of your program, then we hold you accountable for paying the tuition at the lowest end of the sliding scale.

Submit enrollment form

 Please fill out and submit the enrollment form and then pay the program deposit below. Before you pay the deposit, please read deposit section below, all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. After your enrollment form is complete, please submit all health and liability forms.

Pay program deposit

Deposits: This deposit signifies your commitment to the program and is deducted from the tuition balance. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. They cover the work of the specific course you signed up for, including all communication involved as well as the fee that guides pay to the school administration for the course accounting. 

Additional Deposit: Some programs require a second deposit to help us affirm commitments. Last minute cancellations make it hard to fill openings and incur a loss of income to the School and the guides.

Tuition Balance: Balance of tuition can be paid before or upon arrival. Simply deduct any deposits made from the amount you’ve chosen on the sliding scale.

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


Our program will begin on November 5th at 3:00PM.and will end onNovember 11th at noon. We will be camping out the entire time. equipment list and logistics letter will be provided upon enrollment. The group site is available at noon. We will be camping out the entire time and no camping experience is required. There will be assistants to help with unloading and setup if needed. The group camp site is spacious and accommodates tents, picnic tables as well as a large covered ramada. Our site also offers a spacious area for smaller RV’s,(No hook ups available) campers, vans etc. for those who wish other camping options. Showers and bathrooms are available across the way.

Additional Fees: $120 other fees TBD. All fees to be paid at time of arrival

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. 

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.

There is no required reading for this program.

Indigenous lands of the Hohokam, Tohono O’odham and Yaqui Indians.

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