Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream


Apr 17th, 2022 - Apr 24th, 2022 | Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona | Silvia Talavera, Scot Deily

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

– Langston Hughes

This program is an invitation to all who have experienced a vision fast, had an idea, a dream, a life’s transition or may have a special event to mark or celebrate that longs to be embodied and lived out. This offering may be a helpful tool in negotiating this challenging yet rich and fruitful landscape of living into the dream, the vision and the many possibilities that are begging to emerge in your life. It begs the question ‘How do I embody my vision and live my dream?’

 Traditionally, in rites of passage there are 3 stages that you must move through if you are preparing to go from one stage of life to the next. The first stage is Severance, breaking away from the old life and what no longer serves. The second stage is the Threshold, where you step across a symbolic threshold into the unknown and into the in- between space where you leave who you were behind. You do not yet know who you are or where the work of threshing away the old shell takes place. Then, standing in the raw and tender new skin, you move toward a new becoming. The third stage is Incorporation. Corpus is the Latin word for body, and to incorporate is to bring into your body.

 Your physical body is the structure and form in which you live and it is imperative that you give your new vision, dreaming or intentional claiming a solid and foundational platform so that you may embody and move it forward into your life. It may be as simple as finding ways to shake up the cell memory that is imprinted with in you. Or sitting in stillness and remembering who you are.

This program is designed to take incorporation into a deeper level, as incorporation is also known to be the most challenging of the three stages. If ignored, it is the place where the work of the first two stages can easily be forgotten, placed on the back burner or dismissed altogether. The experience of the vision fast, the dreaming, planning or the brain storming become clouds in the wind dissipating and finally disappearing. At the School we do our best to cover and emphasize the importance of incorporation through teachings and suggestions to keep the vision alive. But often when you return to your busy life it is not always easy to continue the hard work it takes to incorporate your vision into your life.

Program Overview: We will be taking the rites of incorporation through the lens of the Four Shields of Human Nature ( a nature based teaching) that will guide us through the four seasons, the four directions and  the body, psyche and mind and as well as nature itself to help teach, guide and inspire.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 late afternoon and evening times given for reflections.You will come away from this program with new skills, tools and a refreshed awareness in ways to work with your visions, dreams, and ideas and move them forward into your lives.

Program Questions Contact:  Silvia Talavera at [email protected]


TUITION: $750 - $2,250

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 at 7pm on April 17th and end at noon on April 24th. We will be camping out the entire time. No camping experience is necessary. An equipment list and logistics letter will be provided upon enrollment. We encourage you to arrive by 4:00PM to allow time for you to set up before dark. 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 area. Our site also offers a spacious area for RV’s, campers, vans etc. for those who wish other camping options. Showers and bathrooms are available across the way. The School makes no provisions for meals or equipment and encourages you to come prepared to live self- sufficiently

ADDITIONAL FEES: ADDITIONAL FEES: Camp fees are $15/per night/per vehicle, includes 4 people each vehicle. All additional fees will be collected at or before 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. 

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.

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