Global Programs and Community

The School of Lost Borders is a university without walls, a school without borders. Although our headquarters have been in the Eastern Sierra of California for over 35 years, our courses can now be found in many locales - from Death Valley and the Rocky Mountains, to the moors and mountains of other continents. Over the years we have brought together a social, cultural and ethnically diverse population of questers, trainees, colleagues, and friends. Our work has been deeply informed by the rich weave and wisdom of the many personal stories shared in intimate natural settings.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT INTERNATIONAL VISITS: contact Meredith for her schedule, Ruth for her schedule, or Petra for further information about scholarships for people from out of the country interested in attending trainings at the School.

Lost Borders International: The School holds the intent and promise that one day meaningful Rites of Passage will be available to all people worldwide. With the present state of our planet and the incredible challenges each individual faces it is very heartening to witness this ancient rite re-emerging globally. The School of Lost Borders is committed to supporting the continuation of this movement and to supporting and empowering guides and colleagues around the world.

There are a number of ways in which we are expressing this intent:

1. We offer scholarship support for school programs to people around the world who feel called to bring this work to their own people and culture.

2. We invite guest teachers/guides, one each year, from outside our country to offer seminars that they have developed from their own cultural and personal perspective, in support of our individuals and trainees.

3. We respond to requests for our guides to come to other countries in support of past trainees and fellow colleagues, offering consultation, mentoring, and partnership with the local guides to cultivate the growth of wilderness rites of passage and the many forms of Field Therapy, Four Shields teaching, Council, Mirroring, and The Practice of Living and Dying.

4. We respond to requests from other countries that would like our support to return wilderness rites of passage into their countries and cultures.  Contact us for suggested steps that we take in support of this, and how people from other countries might approach us.

5. We respond to requests for some Lost Borders guides to attend and/or speak at various conferences, seminars, cross-cultural events and gatherings around the world.

6. We are a supporting member of the Wilderness Guides Council, a diverse network of guides that began to form in 1988 by invitation of Steven Foster, Meredith Little and Ron Pevny, and is currently developing the first international online directory of wilderness rite of passage and earth-based programs.

7. We support and attend the Intercontinental/International Gathering of Wilderness Guides that our co-founder Steven Foster began in 2001, and continues to gather every other year in places like S. Africa, Black Forest, Ukraine, England, etc.


Global Programs

  • Rites of Passage Guide Training - Australia

    Apr 4th, 2020 - Apr 19th, 2020
    Ruth Wharton, Pedro McMillian

    Lima East, in the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia

    Note: This is an independently run program, offered by Ruth Wharton and Pedro McMillan, that the School of Lost Borders is listing in support of international Rite of Passage training opportunities.

  • Queer Wilderness Retreat, Victoria, Australia

    Apr 24th, 2020 - May 1st, 2020
    Ruth Wharton, Pedro McMillian

    Victoria, Australia

    Retreat on the Nature of Queerness and Belonging

    Nature reminds us that being Queer* is both natural and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are in our own unique queer form is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors our profound connection to the natural world and a deep sense of belonging.

We do not go into the desert to escape

people but to learn how to find them:
we do not leave them in order to have

nothing more to do with them,
but to find out the way
to do them the most good.

Thomas Merton-