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Other Life-Affirming Programs

Here are some programs from around the world.

Maiden Spirit

Portland, OR

Maiden Spirit offers a learning community designed to inspire, educate and support girls as they connect with innate spirituality, develop radiant self-esteem, prepare for a conscious rite-of-passage at menarche and contribute to the creation of a better world.

Wilderness Guides Council
Portland, OR

The Wilderness Guides Council is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the concept that wilderness is the root source of our spiritual values, inspiration and healing. Whether you are a guide looking for other guides to share experiences and hold community with, or are an individual seeking a guide for wilderness initiation, we hope you will take the time to explore this web site and it’s resources.

Animas Valley Institute

Durango, CO

“Our mission, in its widest scope, is to contribute to cultural transformation by fostering nature-based personal development and thus the maturation of individuals and the human species. We support each participant to access and embody the world-changing and vital creativity at his or her core.”

The School of Lost Borders

Big Pine, CA

“The School of Lost Borders offers vision fasts and rites of passage training which cultivate self-trust, responsibility, and understanding about ones’ unique place within society and the natural world. Its programs provide guided opportunities, perspectives, teachings and much need self-reflection time in a non-judgmental yet challenging environment.”

Rites of Passage

Santa Rosa, CA

“Rites of Passage is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reintroduce meaningful rites of passage for people of the modern world, so that they may be able to mark and celebrate important life transitions with courage, strength and wisdom. Since our founding in 1977, we have guided thousands of adults and youth from a wide variety of backgrounds, occupations and geographic locations of Vision Quests, retreats and training programs.”

Wilderness Reflections

Woodacre, CA

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“Offering wilderness adventures for personal growth and self discovery.

In these times of hectic lives and busy schedules it is easy to lose our sense of connection – to ourselves, to each other, to nature and to what allows us to feel fully alive. At Wilderness Reflections we have learned what many of our ancestors have known for thousands of years, that when people walk alone into nature truly hungering, asking for help with what is challenging them in their lives, they inevitably return with valuable lessons – both for themselves and for the people in their communities. They return having encountered themselves within nature.”

Men’s Leadership Alliance

Boulder, CO

The Men’s Leadership Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring realization of the authentic self. We encourage and support soulful living in the service of a just, joyful and sustainable world.

Pathways Foundation


The Pathways Foundation is a registered harm prevention charity that is dedicated to helping young people make the fundamental emotional shift from being a child to becoming a young adult. The way we do this is by providing contemporary, community based Rites of Passage for boys 13 – 15 years old and their fathers or a mentor (Pathways to Manhood) and for girls 12 – 15 years old and their mothers or a mentor (Pathways to Womanhood).

Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness (RDNA)

Bolinas, CA

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RDNA is an advanced 9-month program that extends hands-on, skill based training to help you develop the leadership skills you need to bring sustainability and regenerative practices into your personal and professional lives. Through RDNA, you can learn to design powerful communities, regenerate ecosystems and facilitate positive community change.

Educo South Africa

Cape, South Africa

Educo Africa is a non-profit organization that aims to raise the quality of life of people and communities in South Africa. Emphasis is on young people with specialized focus on youth at risk or in need. They encourage deep personal transformation towards social change, a valuing of diversity, and respect for the natural environment. Experiential learning, adventure-based activities and developmental practice principles form the foundation of our programs.

The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)

Chicago, IL

The Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA is a private, nonprofit, social change organization that promotes positive change in communities, organization and individual lives. By offering unique, insightful and innovative approaches to problem-solving that celebrate a diversity of voices and ideas, our clients create the lasting relationships needed to effect long-term, sustainable social change in the US.

LEAPNOW: Transforming Education

Sonoma County, Bay Area, CA

Alternative college program that brings together international travel, a structured and mentored inner journey, academic credit, financial aid, and over 6,000 internships and volunteer options throughout the world.

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