Rites of Passage, founded in 1977, offers Wilderness Quests, Workshops and Trainings that bring people into a deep encounter with the natural world, exploring the human-nature connection to deepen and transform a sense of purpose, value and commitment to the life we have been blessed with. This work begins with hearing the call to quest, an impulse as ancient as humanity: the path of the hero/ine. It will appeal to men, women, leaders, veterans and young people in life transition or change, and to those wanting to deepen their spiritual path and sense of purpose.
Rites of Passage, founded in 1977, offers Wilderness Quests, Workshops and Trainings that bring people into a deep encounter with the natural world, exploring the human-nature connection to reflect and transform the inner world. This work begins with hearing the call to quest, an impulse as ancient as humanity: the path of the hero/ine. It will appeal to men, women, leaders, veterans and young people in life transition or change, and to those wanting to deepen their spiritual path and sense of purpose.
I have gone into the wilderness to Vision Quest three times in my life, at age forty four, three years later with my son as he turned thirteen and two years ago as I turned 65, with Mike and Renee from Rites of Passage. Reflecting on the power, the richness, the depth of this experience, how much I have realized my intentions for going to the desert, how much my life has changed in beautiful ways.
It wasn't an easy journey, I had to give up a lot, but the teachings of the desert live for me as guideposts to follow. When I did my first Quest I was given a spirit name. Twenty three years later I feel I am fully living into my name.
Felt contained and safe while exploring new territory. Support felt nurturing, intentional and present. The leadership was exceptional. What a powerful experience.
It’s a game changer, a life changer, deep, fun, inspiring, nurturing and growth-full, yes!
It’s hard to imagine that I would now feel so at home in the wilderness and that such profound experiences of spiritual connection would bless my path. What a unique opportunity to be fully disconnected from all modern distraction and to reconnect to the roots of what it is to be a human being.
This program was a wonderful hugely transformative journey that I enjoyed very much. I thoroughly recommend it for those seeking self-knowledge, acceptance and clarifying the way ahead.
This Vision Quest experience is life enriching beyond any retreat, conference or seminar I’ve attended. It is a transformation on many levels. What a healthy way to tackle and embrace growth and healing on such a significant level.
It would be hard for me to imagine someone going on this program without experiencing significant spiritual, psychological and emotional growth. On this one program I discovered critical life changing insights about my life and I feel poised and prepared for a new era of significant growth in my life.
I came with no expectations and actually wasn’t quite sure what I was walking into. Immediately upon arrival I felt welcomed, safe, guided and held which allowed me to let go and be. I slowly shed layers allowing clarity to shine more brightly. I am so grateful for all I received.
This program is so special, so unique, and so powerful. My experience was nothing like I thought it would be. I was able to grieve in a deep way that my heart really needed. I felt so much stronger and clear on the other end. Absolutely unforgettable.
This has been one of the best experiences of my life. It’s given me a fresh, new perspective on things and a new appreciation for everything and everyone around me... I feel so full of vitality and love. Thank you.
From start to end the whole experience felt genuine and heartfelt. With a lifetime of knowledge and open hearts Mike and Renee made what seemed daunting and sometimes impossible an amazing life learning moment of growth and exploration.
This has been a wonderful week in Ireland I won't easily forget. The vision quest was one of the best personal growth experiences I've ever done. To be alone with yourself in the wilderness allowed me to really go deep and access hidden feelings that needed to emerge. Being in Ireland was added plus as the unique beauty and Celtic history of the land added to the power of the quest. I highly recommend this adventure to all.
...There are no words to describe what happened on my vision quest... but if you really want to know, look into my eyes. See the way I hold myself with confidence and strength. With the support and guidance of our adoptive elders (guides), I have had the opportunity to grow and truly move into adulthood.
This program and experience changed my life... I love the comfort and growth it has brought me, and showed inside me. It illuminated a large part of the inside of me that I know will serve me forever.
One of the most profound, inspirational and positively life-altering events ever! Mike and Munro [the leaders] are an inspiration to others and will always remain an integral part of my life's journey with the work they have done.
Just go. It is an experience you cannot get any other way. Everyone should be able to see life in this way. This is a place you can never come back from but would never dream of wanting to...
Outstanding. Gifted. From the heart with plenty of brains. Provided guidance into a different world.
I absolutely recommend this to others. I had a profound experience, a reinforcing catalyst in support of my journey on the path to living an authentic life.
Through this experience, I have found more inside of myself than I ever thought could possibly exist—so much appreciation, so much beauty, so much truth, so much love... And when the sun rose the next morning, I saw both myself and the world we all live in in a new light.
My experience has been so much more than I could ever have "conceived" or "planned" in my mind. It is truly through and from my heart that I will call and welcome those who are curious and inspired to do this process. It is powerful and transformative.
Originally a skeptic, Vision Quest gave me the opportunity to reflect and gain an understanding about myself and how I want to be in the world.
It (the Vision Quest) will change your life for the better in ways you’ll never imagine.
Vision Quest is for everyone, especially those that don’t think they need it. Vision Quest is so many words: clarity and purity and peace, love. Vision Quest is about connection and synchronicity to all other life. Thank you!
My experience showed me how capable I can be. The program gave me a structured approach of how to look into myself.
The experience was moving, powerful and life changing. Pushing boundaries, awakening connections and providing the idea avenue for growth, healing and self-affirmation. Incredible, guidance, support and overall experience.
As a female combat veteran I had much untapped and this journey allowed me to be in relationship with my experience in Iraq in a way that I cannot put into words. I have clarity and purpose to bring back to the world. We need programs like this. I am changed. I am whole.
A journey of self-discovery, community, connection and heart. Rich and full of depth. I appreciate the presence and transparency provided by the guides.
I have no words, which is a huge statement about the depth and breadth of my experiences with soul, community and nature.
...I would not be the woman I am today without this quest. This is not a lesson one could learn at home or in school. This is a lesson of the heart and of the hearth. Take the time, and let the land teach you.
The Quest gave room and space for me to visit difficult places in my soul. The guidance you gave and the room and the space I could not have done without.
This really was a rite of passage for me. I feel re-born and know who I am. My intention for this Quest was to gain clarity – which I did – along with so much more.
I thought the whole thing was pretty much perfect – preparation, location, structure, depth, size of group. It was just completely off the scales. The guides insight, generosity and stamina is amazing
This work is alive! It's not dead preaching.... I appreciate people who know how to work with that live fire.
One of the most unique and precious experiences of my life…This program reveals the depth of who you are, and gifts that take you into your life.
I came into the Quest a stranger who felt broken and lost. What I found in the forest was my true self again. I am lighter. There are no words I can use to express my gratitude. I’ve gained so much
This was an outstanding experience that provided a much-needed crucible for some essential work—for me personally, and for this amazing circle of beautiful men [Men's Quest]. I wholeheartedly recommend this vision quest experience to others, and want to help in sharing this work.
This Quest had a profoundly positive impact on my life and soul journey in the most subtle and beautiful way. It allowed me to open more to my heart’s longing and an intimacy with self and nature. I was finally able to put to rest over 15 years of restlessness and deep pain. The space was held so safely, gracefully and with such wisdom by Mike and Renee. I am eternally grateful for their presence, their work and the journey we all took. I am changed for the better.
I was supported and challenged by this Quest in ways that I didn’t expect, and ways that are different to my own long established practices. As was said the wilderness was my primary teacher. I feel clear in body, open of heart and hopeful.