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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 18 - 80 Young Adult Wilderness Quest

Young Adult Wilderness Quest

When Jul 17, 2019 09:00 AM to
Jul 26, 2019 05:00 PM
Where TBA, begins and ends in Bothell, WA
Cost: $1475, deposit $300, financial aid available
Ages: 17-26
Contact Name Cameron Withey
Contact Email
Contact Phone 425.485.7396
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Coming Summer 2019

What calls to you, from the deep heart and wild frontiers of your life?


“What’s involved is actually both a surrender of and a surrender to: first a surrender of your beliefs about how you were supposed to be and how the world was supposed to work, and then a surrender to your deepest and wildest passions.”

– Bill Plotkin

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves....

– Mary Oliver

The many transitions that often accompany young adulthood – moving out of our family home for the first time, embarking on big endeavors in education or work, being exposed to new freedoms, possibilities and experiences – often feel larger than life. How we navigate them sets us on a course for our adult lives to follow.

One important task of this life stage is to learn who we are, not only for others, but for ourselves – to develop a self that can regularly find grounding among these many transitions, and knows itself well enough to set an authentic and effective course. Few practices so reliably offer such a catalytic experience of connection to our authentic selves – as well as the natural and cosmic mysteries informing that self – as a well-guided wilderness solo fast.

The Young Adult Wilderness Quest is a time-tested, ceremonial journey specially designed by our most skilled and experienced guides to support young adults ages 17 to 26. It involves four days of connection and preparation, your own 72-hour fasting ceremony, and then three days of celebration and integration work, in which you will begin the process of learning to embody what you’ve discovered on your quest.

We will eat, laugh and enjoy the wilderness together. But soul work can be hard, as is its nature. This won’t feel like a vacation. You’ll experience some discomfort and frustration, and you’ll get to experience the edges of your personal discipline. Still, your reward will match your commitment. You’ll find yourself surprised, enlightened, humored and motivated.

The guides at Journeys bring many years of experience and offer exceptional skills and wisdom to support you with a balance of head and heart. They will help you stay emotionally and physically healthy while you’re out in the wilderness, and offer you the tools you need to do your work and follow your path.

We hope you say yes to the journey...


This program requires an application to ensure good participant fit. You can download it here. Please return completed applications via email or google docs to We’ll confirm receipt, forward to the guides for review, and notify you as soon as we can.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for this program. Please find the application here, which includes a description of our process, and let us know if you have any questions.


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Guides: Darcy Ottey and others

Darcy Ottey

Darcy bio pic 2015Journeys has been part of every major transition in Darcy’s life, since her Coming of Age program when she was 13.  She was the Executive Director of Journeys from 2006 - 2011, and helped to birth Youth Passageways, a diverse network of individuals, organizations, and communities working to support the initiation of young people into mature adulthood in these transition times.  As an initiated European-American woman (British/Ukrainian descent), she is passionate about helping people disconnected from traditional rites of passage reclaim and create rites and practices meaningful and relevant in their lives and communities at this time, in ways that are in solidarity with the liberation with all Peoples, and all beings.  Darcy currently consults with youth-serving organizations on topics related to rites of passage and social justice. She holds an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle.
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