About Mentoring

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Cascadia Quest, our community-based, wilderness rites of passage organization, in the Willamette Valley, is looking for mentors for our 2018 Young Men’s Initiation. We need initiated men (Vision Quest, other Wilderness Rite of Passage, MKP, etc.) of any adult age who are mature, grounded, and willing to commit to a youth and mentor group for one year. We are seeking mentors in the Cascadia region, mainly from Eugene, but also Corvallis, Seattle, Portland, and the Oregon Northwest Coast. Please send this to anyone you know who might be the right person.

Cascadia Quest Young Men's Initiation is our first of what we hope will be an ongoing legacy of meaningful community supported rites of passage for young people in the Willamette Valley and throughout Cascadia. At present we are looking for male mentors for our 2018 Young Men's Initiation. We are planning our first initiation for young women in the summer of 2018. Contact us if you are interested.

A mentor is an older, respected, trusted friend. S/he is someone the young person can go to to speak with, confide in, seek advice, receive encouragement, and more. The mentor believes in the young person, and sees their innate goodness and potential. Mentorship is a very important relationship with a newly initiated young person.

Mentorship is also a critical element for the effectiveness and longevity of rites of passage. The mentor team provides on-the-ground physical support and psycho-social-spiritual support during the initiation. Mentors are positive role models for the initiates: walk your talk, speak your truth, act with integrity, and simply be yourself.

The mentor team is a personal growth path. The monthly phone conferences and three-day training weekend (May 25-28, 2018) will help mentors explore growth edges, heal unfinished pieces from adolescence, learn or hone survival skills, and stand firmly in their power. Mentors grow and are empowered just by showing up and being in the energetic field of the youth and each other.

Mentoring is fun, fulfilling, challenging and a great gift to both the mentee, mentor, & community. Contact us as soon as possible if interested.

Time Commitment:

  • 7-10 hrs per month with mentorship circles, activities, and a mentor’s phone call

  • Take part as a mentor in the Young Men’s’ Initiation June 22-July 1, 2018 or the Young Women's Rite of Passage August 16-24, 2018.

  • Mentor training May 26-28, 2018 ($350-500 sliding scale for new mentors, $200-$400 for returning mentors)

  • Monthly & biweekly preparatory calls March thru June

If interested, please contact either Rob Miller 458-201-2868

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