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.


September 2021

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

Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021 Big Pine, California Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris Living the Practices

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

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

Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2021 Big Pine, California 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 ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2021 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily, Ray Hillis 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 ...

October 2021

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

Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2021 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Cynthia Morrow Living & Dying

Throughout time and cultures, people have crossed borders of their ordinary lives seeking contact with the Mystery. An experience of Oneness, it is beyond any fixed identity. Called by many names, ...

CA Two Week Training (Postponed until 2022)

This program has been postponed until 2022. Please visit the 2022 CA Two Week Training page for more information. In these times of change and uncertainty, it is crucial that we show up for our ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2021 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 ...

November 2021

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2021 Death Valley, California Silvia Talavera, Cynthia Morrow Vision Fast

One of a woman's greatest longings is to be seen and known in her most wild and authentic self - a self that is intimately intertwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the waxing ...

December 2021

18-Month Rite of Passage Ceremonial Immersion

Dec 12 - Jul 2, 2023 Various Locations Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

This immersion program is full with a waitlist. To enroll in the next upcoming 18-Month Ceremonial Immersion (beginning August 2022), please visit this link. No matter our ancestry, we are all a ...

February 2022

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Feb 21 - Mar 4, 2022 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Scot Deily 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 2022

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Spring Fast

Mar 13 - Mar 24, 2022 Death Valley, California Meredith Little, Scott Eberle 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 ...

April 2022

CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 11 - Apr 22, 2022 Big Pine & Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Nick LaHaise 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 ...

Dark Nature: Matrix of Initiatory Growth

Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022 Eureka Valley, California Meredith Little Training

Of all the shields of human nature, the dark or fall shield can be at once the most compelling and the most frightening. It calls on us continually to risk everything, to let go of what has come ...

Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022 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 fly." - Langston Hues This program is an invitation to all who have experienced a vision fast, had an idea, a ...

May 2022

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 16 - May 27, 2022 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 16 - May 21, 2022 Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka 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 ...

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

May 21 - May 28, 2022 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 ...

June 2022

Young Adults Wilderness Rites of Passage – Dates TBD

Jun 1 - Jun 1, 2022 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Siri Gunnarson Vision Fast

Dates and other logistics for this program are to be determined. For all inquiries and interest: Please contact Siri Gunnarson at [email protected] Every summer the School of Lost Borders ...

CO June Queer Quest

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 15 - Jul 17, 2022 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Betsy Perluss, Angelo Joseph Lazenka, Petra Lentz-Snow 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 ...

CO Two Week Training

Jun 20 - Jul 3, 2022 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

The two week training offers the participant an immersion into the vision fast ceremony, including the beginning skills necessary to lead it and an understanding of how the principles of the vision ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion Living the Practices

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

July 2022

Healing Ancestral Trauma

Jul 3 - Jul 9, 2022 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 Three Week Training

Jul 28 - Aug 19, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Pedro McMillan Training

Wilderness Rites of Passage have been practiced in cultures around the world as a way to celebrate and transition from one phase of life to the next - to leave behind what no longer serves and step ...

August 2022

CA Summer Vision Fast

Aug 1 - Aug 13, 2022 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, ...

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

Aug 17 - Aug 22, 2022 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Ray Hillis, 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 ...

Grief and Loss: Journey through the Dark Passage

Aug 22 - Aug 28, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub 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 ...

18-Month Rite of Passage Ceremonial Immersion

Aug 31 - Jan 20, 2024 Various Locations Emerald North, Scot Deily Training

No matter our ancestry, we are all a part of the lineage upon this living planet. And because of this it is in our bones to be called again and again to the land and into ceremony  to ...

September 2022

Intergenerational Women’s Fast

Sep 3 - Sep 10, 2022 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub Vision Fast

Since time immemorial, women have gathered to celebrate, honor and support life. In doing so we form a sisterhood deeply rooted in our own authentic nature. As we join together to share our stories ...

NM Fall Vision Fast

Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2022 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Scot Deily, Ray Hillis 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 19 - Sep 24, 2022 Big Pine, California Angelo Joseph Lazenka, 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 2022

CA Two Week Training

Oct 2 - Oct 15, 2022 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 ...

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

Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2022 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris Living the Practices

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

The Great Ballcourt Initiation – Fall Fast

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2022 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 ...

Open Desert, Open Mind

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2022 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera Living the Practices

Death Valley is a vast open space that stretches on for miles.  Here the scale of desolate earth and expansive sky is something to behold.  Jack Kornfield writes about the open mind in manner that ...

November 2022

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2022 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Silvia Talavera Vision Fast

One of a woman's greatest longings is to be seen and known in her most wild and authentic self - a self that is intimately intertwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the waxing ...

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