PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The School offers programs in a variety of locations throughout the four seasons.

We recommend registering at least six months to a year in advance to give you time to prepare for your ceremony or program as well as to ensure a spot is available for you.


February 2023

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Feb 13 - Feb 24, 2023 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Nick LaHaise Vision Fast

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do,  we have come to our real work  and when we no longer know which way to go,  we have begun our real journey.  The mind that is not ...

March 2023

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast

Mar 7 - Mar 18, 2023 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

Please note: The Ballcourt ceremony is considered an “advanced program” in the Practice of Living & Dying (PLD) curriculum and is the only one in the series that has a prerequisite. Read ...

In the Death Lodge: Forgiveness, Apology and Reconciliation

Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2023 Mesquite Springs campground, Death Valley Meredith Little Living & Dying

Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die. —Nelson Mandela Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the ...

April 2023

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 3 - Apr 15, 2023 Big Pine & Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Scot Deily Vision Fast

Life transitions, like entering adulthood, midlife or elderhood are always "DNA invitations" to go out on the land. The need to become anew is planted deeply into our ancestral bones because it was ...

May 2023

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 10 - May 21, 2023 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Petra Lentz-Snow Vision Fast

A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective as she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature's calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an ...

Becoming Human: The Four Shields Model of Nature-Based Therapeutics

May 15 - May 20, 2023 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Katie Teague Training

The Four Shields model offers us a compass to help us find our way back to our origins on this living planet. This wheel of human nature was handed down to Steven and Meredith in the early days of ...

BIPOC Diamond In the Rough (invite only)

May 17 - May 21, 2023 CA John Davis, Marlena deCarion Living the Practices

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June 2023

The Four Directions of a Queer Man: Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation

Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Collin Brown, Paul Browde Living the Practices

Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice.  The massive task of our adult lives is to ...

CO June Queer Quest (1 Spot open)

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors ...

CA Month-Long Training

Jun 14 - Jul 16, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Petra Lentz-Snow, Meredith Little 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 ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion Living the Practices

Direct and intimate contact with the natural world is an ancient and profound doorway to being. Our ancestors knew this, and we are rediscovering it. Curiosity, experiential inquiry, mindfulness, ...

July 2023

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2023 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Colleen Bishop, tbird (Thompson) Bishop Vision Fast

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for ...

CA Summer Vision Fast

Jul 31 - Aug 12, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera Vision Fast

The modern day vision quest is a border crossing practice, an opportunity to reclaim our true place in the natural world. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, ...

August 2023

Intergenerational Women’s Fast

Aug 10 - Aug 19, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Vision Fast

Intergenerational Women’s Vision Fast - Remembering Ourselves Home -   To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than ...

Transforming Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Living the Practices

When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future. --Thomas Hubl This program provides an opportunity to consciously explore how the shadows of the past remain undigested in our ...

CO Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Story Telling and Listening

Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2023 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

Who is this miracle speaking to me? And who is this miracle listening? What amazingness are we creating? Out of gray matter a star spark of thought leaps between synapses into the air, and ...

September 2023

CO Two Week Training

Sep 2 - Sep 17, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Pedro McMillan Training

This training gives students an immersion in a rite of passage ceremony, including the skills involved in leading the vision fast and an understanding of how the principles of rites of passage can ...

The Four Shields of Wholeness for Women

Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2023 Big Pine and Eureka Valley Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Training

Patrilinear hierarchical systems have pushed life on earth to the raw edge of social and ecological sustainability. Many of us feel the global crisis reverberating acutely in our own bodies, in the ...

CO Fall Vision Fast

Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

As the leaves change, a different way of life is tugging at your heart. A new story is begging to be told. And your gifts are longing to be shared with the world. Marking life passages allows you ...

CA Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Storytelling and Listening

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2023 Mendocino, CA Siri Gunnarson, Betsy Perluss Training

Telling one’s own story is an ancient art. Nowadays, we have forgotten how to listen and how to tell. Yet the very survival of our species depends on our ability to communicate with each other in ...

October 2023

The Elder’s Journey: The Four Shields of Elderhood for Women

Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2023 Aravaipa Canyon Ranch and Retreat Center - Winkelman, Arizona (extra cost for accommodations apply) Silvia Talavera, Cary Gaunt Living the Practices

“We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and scattered.” Kahlil Gibran Throughout the ages, elder women ...

Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Oct 22 - Oct 29, 2023 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Scot Deily Living the Practices

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

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2023 Death Valley, California Meredith Little, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Living & Dying

Death is the ultimate agent of transformation—be it a physical death or “the little deaths” encountered throughout life. Indigenous cultures developed rituals to aid and guide people through ...

CA Fall Vision Fast

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2023 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair Vision Fast

Life transitions, like entering adulthood, midlife or elderhood are always "DNA invitations" to go out on the land. The need to become anew is planted deeply into our ancestral bones because it ...

Let Go into the Mystery: The East Shield of Living and Dying

Oct 28 - Nov 5, 2023 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

All is a circle within me.I have gone into the earth and out again.I have gone to the edge of the sky.Now all is at peace within me.Now all has a place to come home.—Nancy WoodThroughout time and ...

November 2023

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 8 - Nov 19, 2023 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

A woman longs to be seen and accepted in her most wild and authentic self – a self intimately entwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the waxing and waning of the moon, her ...

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