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About Rite of Passage Journeys

Over the last 40 years, many Westerners have begun exploring how to bring rites of passage back into our communities, returning these traditions to their primary place in assuring our cultural health.  The concept of a “vision quest” is becoming increasingly recognized and valued in a cross-cultural context, thanks to the work of Stephen Foster & Meredith Little, Bill Plotkin, and many others.

Journeys draws from many traditions and translates them into cross-cultural activities so that each participant can comfortably join in all activities from the standpoint of her/his own background.

Our age-appropriate programs are high-adventure and many of our programs involve extended backpacking trips through the most beautiful terrain Washington has to offer. Our staff is well-trained and experienced in wilderness safety and first aid. They use a range of skills to ensure participants’ physical and emotional safety and health.

Participants, staff and mentors create a community that encourages personal reflection on what is happening to them and what the future might hold. In each program, there is an actual “journey” which serves as a metaphor for this exploration. Each program offers a special time, set aside for solitude, to encounter the self in the safety of the wild, where real change can occur.  For teens and adults, this includes one or more days of solo time in the wilderness; for our younger journeyers, this time of solitude may be only a few minutes a day, giving them a taste of connection with the earth, and with the quiet place inside themselves.

These multi-dimensional journeys offer chances to grow via physical accomplishments, encounters with other ideas, and opportunities to reflect on life experience. We believe that experience is the greatest teacher, and have designed our work to permit individual and group learning in dialogue with events and interactions as they occur. This is experiential learning in the truest sense of the word. The atmosphere of learning and exploration is fun, creative, reflective and joyous.

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