I am entering my sixth year with Rite of Passage Journeys, now as Program Director, providing youth and mentors with opportunities to get outside and forge deeper connections with the authentic truths of themselves and others, and the wonders of our greater home, the natural world.
To me this work of learning how to cultivate relationships of greater meaning and depth — not only with a diverse range of other people, and not only with the depths of ourselves, but also with the beings and elements of the natural world — is vital to the cultural growth and evolution we need in facing the crises of our times. Journeys is rare in providing wilderness experiences and whole-person mentoring rooted in an intention to re-infuse our world with heart and soul.
We are committed to providing these experiences to all young people, regardless of the financial background of their families. My goal this year is to raise $1925, the cost of one spot on our Mountain Quest: Coming of Age for Young Men and Young Women programs. These two-week long wilderness rite of passage experiences for middle-school-aged youth are our flagship program that we have been running for decades, and they are the start of our summer season this year, June 26th!
Please join us in supporting and initiating soulful leaders for the next generation!
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Your support has helped Rite of Passage Journeys mentor youth through the transitions from childhood to adolescence and adulthood since 1968! Delivering transformative wilderness expeditions, retreats and trainings, Journeys is valued nationwide for solid integrity and commitment to soul-work that honors deep human values and the earth.
“My experiences on the Coming of Age Journey have had a more significant impact on my life than anything else I can think of. Those experiences continue to act as a touchstone for me now, 15 years later, and began a deep connection to community and the natural world, as well as fostering self-reflection and awareness of who I am and who I want to be in the world.” - Darcy, looking back to her trip at age 13
On Journeys trips, youth and mentors explore deep into the Olympic Rainforest and along the Washington coast. Over the course of days or weeks, participants are challenged to new physical, mental and emotional limits. Through talking circles, one-on-one mentoring, overcoming the complications of daily life in the wilderness, and new friendships, youth return home deeply transformed.
"After her Journey our daughter knew she could survive anything. What a positive journey into adulthood! She learned to speak her mind with clarity, grace, and integrity. This has been the most significant growth experience my daughter has had (twice)!" - Parent
Your help today will allow youth to participate who would not otherwise be able to! Our goal is to provide one full scholarship per youth program. Any additional funds raised will support enriched mentor training and vital facility upgrades.
We believe Coming of Age experiences should be a right for all people.
Your help will ensure that we can invite more and more youth to cross through important life passageways in the supported atmosphere of transformative Rites of Passage programs.