young WOmen's Rite of passage

Saturday, august 17 - Sunday, august 24, 2018

wilderness journey into womanhood for 14-18 year-olds

"If we do not initiate the youth, they'll burn down the village just to feel the heat" - African Proverb

"If we do not initiate the youth, they'll burn down the village just to feel the heat" - African Proverb

At some point, boys grow up. The change from adolescent to man happens. Until quite recently, when a youth was going through these changes he was brought away from his family and community by a group of elder men. In a secret place, often deep in wild nature, he died to his life as a boy. Through the community supported initiatory experience, he was born into the power, beauty, knowledge and responsibilities of manhood.

The Young Men’s Initiation is a contemporary wilderness rite of passage based on the old ways of manhood initiation. It is a 9-day process – including 2 days and nights of solo time – facilitated by skilled guides, and assisted by a circle of initiated men. The experience is meant to sufficiently challenge the initiate to leave behind his life and psychology as a boy, and return with the courage, vision, knowledge and support to take up his life as a man.

How does one know it is time for initiation? Rapid physical growth and change, self exploration, wanting more responsibility, vivid dreams, attraction to challenge, soul searching...  "Negative" signs/expressions of the need for a rite of passage: rebelliousness,  contrariness, angst, anger, excessive risk taking, confusion, low self-esteem, violence,  relationship troubles, self-harm, and more.

 

What you'll receive:

  • Challenge and guidance to make the transition.
  • Strong female role models.
  • Women's knowledge and wisdom.
  • Skills to survive in the wilderness of nature and daily life.
  • Follow-up support including a welcome home celebration, monthly mentorship, and quarterly group meetings.

           Cost: $1,500-1,800 sliding scale
          (includes breakfasts and dinners)