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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 18 - 80 Mentor Training Program

Rite of Passage Mentor Training Program

Rite of Passage Mentor Training Program

2009 Apprentices enjoy participating in ceremonies at Sacred Groves during the Coming of Age for Girls program.

When Jun 13, 2015 10:00 AM to
Jun 14, 2015 05:00 PM
Where Various Locations, Begins and Ends at our Basecamp in Bothell, WA
Cost: $901 - $1201; deposit $250. Financial Aid available.
Ages: 18 + (or Program Alumni 16 +)
Taught by: Amanda Ayling and others
Contact Name Amanda
Contact Email
Contact Phone (425) 485.7396
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Training dates are June 13 & 14, 2015. Additional dates for this program vary, depending on program assignment

Do you have passion for working with youth in the wilderness?

Would you like to experientially learn about creating and leading a rite-of-passage experience this summer?

Facilitating a significant, and culturally relevant, rite of passage is an art.  It demands of the initiator to be fully rooted in authentic service and deeply connected to the wilderness inwardly and outwardly.  It takes a fully committed guide who is willing to weave meaning and value into the passage of every day.

Since the creation of Rite of Passage Journeys we have utilized an apprentice position on our backcountry programs to creatively and uniquely teach contemporary coming of age guiding skills. While we continually learn from our apprentices, Journeys is a commanding resource in this field; a pioneer in nature-based initiation.

Participation in this personal and professional development program will prepare you to co-create and lead a powerful one- to three-week youth or adult program; including insights into the behind-the-scenes logistics and preparations. During this Apprenticeship you will:

  • Study and implement our time-tested Rite of Passage curriculum;
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of mentorship;
  • Learn and use valuable wilderness skills;
  • Practice Ritual Leadership;
  • Develop leadership and facilitation skills; and
  • Practice within the context of a created youth or adult community.

Through the development of your skills as a rites of passage leader you will also gain clarity about your own areas of gifts and growth. Challenges will be presented to you during this training but through the skilled guidance of our experienced program staff you will co-create with confidence and success. This program is certain to be a transition for you. 

"Being an Apprentice Mentor for Journeys was an invaluable experience. I am eternally grateful for the powerful experience of being able to learn, grow and expand my skill set from a credible, effective, holistic and life-changing program that has been developed and refined through years of labor and love. As an Apprentice Mentor, I was empowered to practice my leadership and facilitation skills; I was given the opportunity to push my own edges; I was able to learn about the curricular and programmatic design of an outstanding program without having to reinvent the wheel; I deepened my awareness and understanding of experiential learning, ritual and ceremony, rites of passage and wilderness skills; and I was surrounded, inspired and supported by an incredible tribe of heartfelt, passionate, experienced and skilled guides." Cara Walsh, Apprentice Mentor 2008.

Applications are now being accepted for 2015 Apprentices. We have a limited number of Apprentice positions available. 

Selected Apprentices will participate in a two-day training; help plan, prepare  and lead a one- to three-week Journeys program; and receive one-on-one mentorship with a senior Journeys Staff person. Apprentices will also be invited (not a requirement) to our Field Staff Training Day June 15th, offering a variety of 'continuing education' topics for wilderness guides as well as our End of Summer Celebration and BBQ in September.  The dates of apprenticeships depend upon the Journeys program you are assigned to. 

We are also suggesting that Apprentices consider additional (optional) trainings and experiences as part of preparation for summer roles. Pertinent programs include our weekend "Coming of Age Leaders Training," our ritual leadership training called “Creating Soulful Rituals” and our “Adult Wilderness Quest.” These programs will be offered at their full cost to our Apprentices; however, scholarships are available.

Please contact us right away if you would like to apply for this program. Application will include submitting a current Cover Letter and Resume as well as the completion of four short essays, a program registration packet and an interview with  Amanda Ayling (Program Director). Please read our Apprentice Qualifications and download our Application to return along with your Resume and Cover Letter to our office via email (info@riteofpassagejourneys.org) or via postal mail.

We look forward to working with you this summer and supporting you as you develop into a soulful and confident wilderness leader. 


Why does this program cost $901? Is that a typo?!

You read it right. It seems strange at first glance but the meaning behind it is significant. It is a common marketing practice to determine your full price (such a $1000) them subtract a few dollars to decrease the sticker shock -- it is amazing how much friendlier $995 looks than $1000! For this program we are presenting our full price (which is actually a highly subsidized price, thanks to our donors) as part of our Abundance Initiative -- changing our dynamic from scarcity to abundance and asking you to take part in the practice. The final dollar in the price, the reason it reads $901 and not $900, is representative of the gift that you are giving yourself. Our program, this training, will be a gift to you and by setting this intention early through a representative dollar your experience will transform into the wonderful present you are giving yourself.

Apprenticeships on one-week trips cost $901.  Apprenticeships on two-week trips cost $1051.  Apprenticeships on three-week trips cost $1201.

Financial aid may be available. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.

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Please help us spread the word about our fabulous programs! Download an updated flyer about this program to share with your community. Post a copy in your favorite coffee shop, community center, grocery store, etc. Or email a copy to someone you know who may be interested in our programs. This program has already happened, for information on how to participate in this program in 2014, call us at (425) 485.7396 or by emailing info@RiteOfPassageJourneys.org. 

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