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.


July 2024

CA Summer Women’s Fast

Jul 8 - Jul 19, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair Vision Fast

Since time immemorial Rites of Passage Ceremonies have facilitated change, offering a simple but indispensable container to transition from one life stage to another, to let go of (die to) the old ...

CO Men’s Fast

Jul 9 - Jul 21, 2024 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Sam DeBoskey Vision Fast

Being a man can be easy, and not easy at all. How do people who identify as a man navigate both the immense privileges that come with maleness, and the weight of myths that come with being a man. ...

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 17 - Jul 28, 2024 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 ...

BIPOC Mirroring Training: Reflecting BIPOC Stories through Nature and Belonging

This program is run by Wild Mountain Retreats and bookable direct on their website This program is open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC). Many of whom have ...

August 2024

CA Summer Vision Fast

Aug 5 - Aug 17, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Betsy Perluss 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, ...

Healing Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2024 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 Ancestral Trauma Welcome to our investigation of ancestral trauma. We hold this as a sacred exploration of ...

CO Women’s Fast

Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2024 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Vision Fast

- Remembering Ourselves Home - You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of ...

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

Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2024 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 2024

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

Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2024 Big Pine, CA Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka 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 ...

Living in a Time of Dying: The Four Shields in the Anthropocene

Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2024 Payahuunadü (Big Pine) and Eureka Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Yeshe Salz Living & Dying

We are living in a time of rapid change, disintegration and emergence on planet Earth - what many call apocalyptic times. From the compounding and inequitable crises of climate change and ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 16 - Sep 27, 2024 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily Vision Fast

The land knows you, even when you are lost. ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer In increasing times of unrest and uncertainty it can be a common human experience to gravitate towards more “certainty” ...

CA Two Week Training

Sep 21 - Oct 5, 2024 Big Pine & Eureka Valley, California Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Angelo Joseph Lazenka Training

In these times of change and uncertainty, it is crucial that we show up for our community in ways that truly serve. The world is calling us to listen in new and old ways to connect with the land and ...

CO Fall Vision Fast

Sep 28 - Oct 11, 2024 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

Fall is a potent season, the leaves change, the nights lengthen, and the composting of all that is overripe begins. It is a time of harvest and a time of shedding. We begin to draw inward, to listen, ...

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

Sep 29 - Oct 4, 2024 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Training

“If there were a measure of ‘mental health’, it would involve the ability of individuals to grow into the fullness of each season – that is, the ability to fully become, or enact, the ...

October 2024

Open Desert, Open Mind

Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2024 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera, Bettina Straub Living the Practices

The very transparent, unfixed, yet alive quality of consciousness is its nature, a bit like air around us.  If you relax and allow this experience of unfixed knowing, you will discover what ...

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

Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2024 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona 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 ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 21 - Nov 1, 2024 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, 2024 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach 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 ...

November 2024

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 5 - Nov 16, 2024 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Cynthia Morrow Vision Fast

“I see the Feminine defined as a reconnection to the Self, a commitment to the wildness within our instincts, our capacityto create and destroy; our hunger for connection as well as sovereignty, ...

Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2024 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Kelly McClelland Living the Practices

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

February 2025

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Feb 17 - Feb 28, 2025 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 ...

Walking Into That Good Night: Exploring Our Relationship With Dying & Death

Feb 23 - Mar 1, 2025 Death Valley, CA Katie Teague, Betsy Perluss Living & Dying

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: To love what is mortal, To hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it, And when the time comes to let it go, to ...

March 2025

The Four Shields of Dreams and Dreamwork

Mar 10 - Mar 15, 2025 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Kim Belair Living the Practices

Dreams do not happen in us as is thought of in Western psychology. Instead, we happen in the dream as the dream continues to dream us. This understanding infers that dreams are part of the sacred ...

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

Mar 17 - Mar 23, 2025 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Training

“Stories are a form of medicine that can operate at the deepest levels of self and soul.” Michael Meade   Telling one’s own story is an ancient art. Nowadays, we ...

April 2025

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast

Apr 15 - Apr 26, 2025 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow 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 ...

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 22 - May 2, 2025 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 2025

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 12 - May 23, 2025 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Kim Belair 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 ...

June 2025

CO June Queer Quest

Jun 2 - Jun 15, 2025 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Meiko Xavier Vision Fast

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 ...

Young Adults Nature Based Rite of Passage

Jun 13 - Jun 24, 2025 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Nick LaHaise, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Vision Fast

  You are a young person in this world, with childhood behind you, no longer a teenager, you have aged into the phase of young adulthood.  Are you an adult? How? When? Why?  What does being an ...

CO June Queer Quest 2

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 18 - Jul 20, 2025 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Meredith Little, Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair Training

*Pre-requisite for this program is having completed a guided 3 or 4-day/night vision fast within the last five years. This need not have been with the School of Lost Borders.  Please submit an ...

July 2025

CO Women’s Fast

Jul 6 - Jul 15, 2025 Dragonback Springs, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Vision Fast

- Remembering Ourselves Home - You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your ...

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 21 - Aug 1, 2025 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Colleen Bishop, tbird (Thompson) Bishop Vision Fast

In increasing times of unrest and uncertainty it can be a common human experience to gravitate towards more “certainty” rather than less. Yet, in the Zen tradition “not knowing” is most ...

August 2025

CA Summer Vision Fast

Aug 11 - Aug 23, 2025 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Scott Eberle 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, ...

Healing Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2025 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 Ancestral Trauma Welcome to our investigation of ancestral trauma. We hold this as a sacred exploration of ...

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

Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2025 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 2025

CO Two Week Training

Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2025 Wild Mountain, Colorado Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Kelly McClelland Training

In these times of change and uncertainty, it is crucial that we show up for our community in ways that truly serve. The world is calling us to listen in new and old ways to connect with the land and ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2025 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily Vision Fast

The land knows you, even when you are lost. ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer In increasing times of unrest and uncertainty it can be a common human experience to gravitate towards more “certainty” ...

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

Sep 28 - Oct 3, 2025 Big Pine, CA Betsy Perluss, Kim Belair 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 ...

CO Fall Vision Fast

Sep 29 - Oct 12, 2025 Wild Mountain, Colorado Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland Vision Fast

Fall is a potent season, the leaves change, the nights lengthen, and the composting of all that is overripe begins. It is a time of harvest and a time of shedding. We begin to draw inward, to listen, ...

October 2025

Finding Purpose and Meaning through the Practice of Living and Dying

Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2025 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach Living & Dying

" If you would behold the spirit of death, Open your heart wide unto the body of life. For your life and death are one, Even as the river and sea are one." Kahlil Gibran   Life ...

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

Oct 11 - Oct 19, 2025 Eureka 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 ...

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

Oct 20 - Oct 26, 2025 Aravaipa Canyon Ranch and Retreat Center, Winkelman Arizona Silvia Talavera, Trebbe Johnson 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 This will be celebrating ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 20 - Oct 31, 2025 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, 2025 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach 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 ...

November 2025

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 4 - Nov 15, 2025 Palm Canyon Campground, Anza Borrego, Ca Betsy Perluss, Cynthia Morrow Vision Fast

“I see the Feminine defined as a reconnection to the Self, a commitment to the wildness within our instincts, our capacityto create and destroy; our hunger for connection as well as sovereignty, ...

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