We offer at least one annual vision quest for young adults, as depicted in the documentary Coming of Age in the Wilderness. The school also offers trainings for those interested in guiding youth and young adult vision fasts.

Youth Rites of Passage

Nearly every culture on the planet shows evidence of a ceremonial marking of the passage from youth to adulthood, undertaken consciously, and witnessed by the community. An initiation marking this passage into adulthood and confirming responsible participation in the world can be seen as an integral part of human development. Many modern societies have lost such traditions, often resulting in a confusing attempt at self-initiation, a testing of the extreme limits of feeling and behavior, from ecstasy to revolt to a dance with death. And for many, the alternative is just conforming, accepting the status quo--the search for an authentic self-knowing never takes place.

Culturally-specific rituals are now re-emerging and evolving so that adolescents may be appropriately met, challenged, inspired, and mentored into adulthood. The intentional marking of these transitions is not only significant for the young initiate, but equally so for the family and for the entire community or school.

Read More on Essential Elements of Youth Rites of Passage and Current Collaborations 

You may also use this Link to check out the Youth and Young Adulthood Section of our Resource page.

Youth Programs

Coming of Age in Changing Times – A Quest for Young Adults (Recommended Ages: 17 - 25)

Jul 31st, 2017 - Aug 10th, 2017

 Nearly every culture on the planet shows evidence of a ceremonial marking of the passage from youth to adulthood, undertaken consciously and witnessed by the community. Without such acknowledgement from adults, how do young people know they have in fact crossed over into a new life-stage? And what happens to young people who grow physically into adulthood, but are never initiated, never honored in their new roles?

Queer Youth Quest (Recommended Ages 16 - 19)

Jun 15th, 2017 - Jun 24th, 2017

 “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”- E.E. Cummings

Becoming an Adult Woman in Todays’ World: A Quest for Girls - Recommended Age: 16 -21

Jul 13th, 2017 - Jul 22nd, 2017

This rite of passage is for girls marking their transition into adulthood. The idea of girls coming of age in todays’ progressive and rapidly changing world speaks to the need for skilled guidance and community-witnessed ceremonies to support the explorations of their role as an “adult” and validate their coming of age. This rite of passage ceremony offers the young initiate the opportunity to claim her place in community, society and the world as a young adult.