four Seasons of leadership


The four Seasons of Leadership is a nature-based leadership training for wilderness guides, ASPIRING LEADERS, and world changers. 


Let the seeds of your vision, life purpose and innate gifts sprout and grow with the support of a group of talented, enthusiastic peers. Let your roots go deep and branches wide with the inspiration and challenge of skilled guides and mentors. Let your core and trunk be strengthened by the wisdom and experience of compassionate elders. Taste the fruits of your labors in a concluding project of your creation. 

Though this year will at times be inspiring, fun, and a great learning opportunity, it isn't meant to be easy. It is intended to challenge you to grow, mature, quicken, and become the best leader you can be; doing your part to create a more healthy, sustainable, and beautiful world. 

The program is designed to help participants get clear about their innate gifts and life purpose, then live into it through the skills, support and maturity gained. Participants will deepen in walking and facilitating our core practices of council, nature-based ceremony, earth skills, use of the medicine wheel, storytelling and mirroring, and more. Each seasonal meeting will have:

  • Earth-based/survival skills or crafts such as basketry, tracking, friction fire, etc.

  • an inner or personal growth component usually including a ceremony for healing or growth.

  • a practical, planning or organizational component

  • a creative, visionary or ceremonial component

There will be four, week-long wilderness trainings (one for each season), group monthly in-person meetings or phone conferences, and one-on-one mentorship. A commitment to personal practice and study is expected, as well as regular check-ins with a support buddy from the group.

The entire year of the Four Seasons of Leadership is an initiatory experience. The skills learned will be useful on their own, for many types of leadership, and specifically as a wilderness rite of passage guide. The Four Seasons of Leadership can also serve as the first year of the two year Cascadia Quest Guides Training. 


Dates: October 2019 to August 2020

Coordinating Guide: Rob Miller

Each season will have adjunct teachers and guides as well as support staff.

Prerequisite: Vision Fast or equivalent

Cost: $3000 for the year. 

Payment plans and other financial options available.

Please contact us for details and an interview.