MEET THE GUIDES

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ROB MILLER

Rob Miller is the lead guide, executive director of Cascadia Quest. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change. He guides and teaches rites of passage and other related growth activities, ancestral skills and more for Cascadia Quest and beyond.He has completed the School of Lost Borders comprehensive wilderness guides training program, Wilderness First Aid with NOLS/WMI, has studied grief work and ritual with Sobonfu Some of Burkina Faso, and most importantly incorporates his entire life experience into his work as a guide.

In 2019, Rob will teach The Art of Mirroring and Mentor Training, co-guide the Young Men's Initiation, and the Mixed and Men's Vision Fasts, mentor the Four Seasons of Leadership and co-facilitate several Grief Song Ceremonies.

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Jenny Russell

A Cascadia Quest guide in training and professionally certified life coach, Jenny Russell is dedicated and deeply inspired by empowering human potential. After 5 years as a Planned Parenthood sex educator, Jenny is a skilled facilitator who creates safe and meaningful opportunities for discussion about challenging topics such as sexuality, relationships to self and others, and bringing our vision to life. She grew up in Eugene and is excited to guide women, young and old, in her community.

In 2019, Jenny will co-guide the Young Women’s Rite of Passage and Adult Women’s Fast. She will assist The Art of Mirroring.

PRAVEEN MANTENA

A wilderness guide and leadership mentor, Praveen started his journey, like many others, as a young adult struggling to find his way in the world and feeling dissatisfied with the default options. During his own rite of passage, he discovered for the first time his calling into a deeper, more personally meaningful service to the world as a guide and mentor to others in a similar struggle. He is now committed to bridging the self-discovery practices and natural openings that happen in a wilderness rite of passage with the realities, challenges and opportunities of our more urban, fast past-paced lives.

He originally received his training as a guide with the School of Lost Borders with whom he has co-guided over a hundred people in the winter, summer and fall vision quests. His other recent facilitation work includes the Mankind Project New Warrior Training Adventure and mentoring inner city male youth into adults with Boys to Men of Washington DC.

In 2019, Praveen will be co-guiding the Men's Vision Fast.

Daniel Kirchhof

Daniel Kirchhof sits daily with some of the greatest teachers of listening—the creek, trees, and animals of the northwestern forest.  This listening guides his work as a visionary storyteller, builder of beautiful life-sustaining structures, singer of sacred music, caretaker of duck flock and cabbage patch, ambassador for humans in the wild, and cheerful community builder.  Daniel is a council leader, is skilled with hands-on ancestral and survival skills (like brain-tanning, buckskin, friction fire, etc), and runs archery camps for youth. He has served as a lead-instructor and rites of passage guide with Twin Eagles Wilderness School in ID, co-led the Young Adults Fast with the School of Lost Borders in CA, and guides vision fasts in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of MT. From his home at Hawthorn Farm in Western WA, Daniel serves Life with a loving, open heart.

In 2019, Daniel will be co-guiding the Young Men's Initiation

 
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Ruth Wharton

An experienced wilderness guide, mentor, and therapist. Over the last 2 decades, Ruth has worked extensively with people of all ages in wilderness, residential, and therapeutic settings. She has been a guide and trainer at the School of Lost Borders for over 15 years and is deeply committed to re-introducing rites of passage into the world. She has much experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and founded the Queer Quest at the School of Lost Borders. Ruth passionately weaves the mirror of nature through the world around her using deep empathy, embodiment, and creativity.

Ruth has a B.A. in Therapeutic Use of the Wilderness Experience and Cultural Anthropology from Prescott College and M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She is also a wilderness first responder and Licensed Professional Counselor. She runs her private practice in Boulder, CO.

In 2019, Ruth will co-teach The Art of Mirroring with Rob Miller.

Siri Gunnarson


Siri Gunnarson is a guide, council trainer, global citizen, and community steward. Interested in both new and ancient forms of education and learning, she has worked with LEAPNOW: Transforming Education and Naropa University’s Gap Year Program to support, develop and lead inner and outer journeys and rites of passage for youth. She is active with support of many places and projects around the world including Three Creeks, Tamera, The Ojai Foundation, School of Lost Borders and Youth Passageways. She is passionate about anti-oppression and equity, embodiment and movement, and permaculture and water. Siri has trained with the SOLB since 2009 and and is part of Beyond Boundaries, an inter-generational ‘response team for our times.’ After many years of travel she has returned to California, fostering connection and community locally.

In 2019, Siri will co-guide the Women’s Vision Fast with Jenny Russell.

 

Silvia Talavera

Silvia Talavera has been a guide with The School of Lost Borders since 1993. Silvia has also been a guest guide with Wilderness Reflections. She is a woman of versatility, passion, and humor, inspiring people towards self- empowerment.  She brings to her work a nurturing insight, a deep compassion, a love of nature and teaches from the experience of a full life. Silvia is committed to supporting people in transitions using nature-based teachings in a wilderness setting as well as midwifing those who are in their final stage of life through Hospice. Silvia is a mother, grandmother, and mentor and continues to work as a rites of passage guide and a Hospice nurse. In 2017 is guiding for Cascadia Quest and is a member of our Elders Council.

LAURENCE COLE

Laurence Cole leads group singing at festivals, fairs, conferences, and convergences. He is a respected elder with long involvement in grief work, men's work, and many other aspects of healing and enlivening the human spirit.

He loves to facilitate the co-creation of beauty, meaning and passion through harmonious sound and juicy rhythm. He enjoys witnessing the delight that humans find in ecstatic engagement with each other as they celebrate the depth and heights of their aliveness.

http://laurencecole.com.