Rites of Passage Council
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Are you experiencing a challenge in the life you have created or a call into another way of living that you do not yet recognize?

Separation, divorce, death of a loved one, loss of a job, anxiety, addiction, things just seem to be falling apart? The stories are no longer useful.

Maybe the darkness is manifesting as feeling of stuck – stagnated -  wondering why you are here and feeling there must be more to life than this?

As the confines of your old life tumble, the future You begins to step forward - the You that searches the horizon looking for the one life you belong too. The one life that is also looking for you.



How to get from where you are now to where you want to be likely isn’t clear yet. It may seem impossible - a challenge beyond you - that keeps you circling in self-doubt.

Know that humans have been facing and overcoming what seem like insurmountable challenges since the beginning of time.

We used to call it initiation.

Those that went before us created ceremonies to ease the passage. 



These periods of darkness or challenge that crop up in our lives serve as a calling, a kind of gate-keeper at the threshold.

Something wants to die.

Without the wisdom of initiated elders and the old ceremonies to guide us across these divides we may misinterpret the calling and not make it to the other side.



It is the life we cultivate each day, by the stories we tell ourselves, the way we stand inside our own skin that leads to the crafting of character – a true elder.

Otherwise we simply become an older version of the uninitiated self who refused the call.


Upcoming Retreats


Vision Quest
October 1-11, 2019

Near Asheville, North Carolina

Deep within your soul lies a fire that directs your passion and purpose. Often this flame lies quiet like the ancient whispers of smoldering embers; sometimes directed by those internal voices, not belonging to you,  that came from another time and place. You reach out to your brothers and sisters and echo these words:  WHO AM I?

Grief Ritual
July 25-28, 2019

Cumbria, England, UK

This Ancient African Grief Ritual from the Dagara tribe of West Africa was taught to us by respected Elder Malidoma Somé. The deep and powerful ritual is embedded in a weekend of ceremony, camping, community and storytelling facilitating the release of unexpressed grief so we can move forward into joy.

Guide Training
August 2019 - October 2020

Near Asheville, NC, USA

Awakening evolutionary leadership, indigenous wisdom and heart-full attention in an ever changing world. Are you ready for a career that feeds your soul, connects you deeply with the natural world and helps you bring the fullest expression of your medicine back to your people? Consider a training and initiation in the ceremonial art of guiding wilderness rites of passage.


Start Your Adventure

Are you standing at a threshold, unsure what is next? Are you ready to take a step into the unknown? You are not alone. Many humans have walked this path before you - including our seasoned Guides.
Rites of Passage Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to personal growth and professional development. We advance no singular spiritual belief system. We facilitate the opening of compassion and a trust in the spirit of each one’s own understanding.