This nine-day program will be held in the Inyo Mountains, a remote high desert range that translates as “dwelling place of the Great Spirit.” This is a drive-in base camp, requiring a high clearance vehicle, preferably 4 wheel drive.
Rites of Passage has offered this program, with a focus on marking rites of passage for adults, for more than 40 years. The first 3 days are Severance or preparation time for the solo. Meeting in Council sessions, the group will explore a range of subjects related to the Wilderness Quest solo, including safety-related issues: flora/fauna, weather-related concerns (heat, cold, lightning), essential first aid, our buddy system, and tarp-tying. The group will also explore eco-spiritual tools that can be of great value in preparing, such as the Four Directions teachings, exploration of Intent, self-generated ceremonial practices, and teachings from the Death Lodge. Group members will have several hours to follow their calling to find a solo site to hold them in the wilderness for days and nights. The final 3 days, following the return from the solo, will be devoted to taking the necessary steps of return or Incorporation in a fully conscious way. This process begins with a Council session where each participant has the opportunity to tell the story of their Quest solo and to receive essential feedback and confirmation from staff regarding what has been achieved.