Exploration of Wilderness Rites of Passage
In this meetup we will explore the ancient practices associated with “wilderness based rites of passage.” In traditional cultures, rites of passage ceremonies serve to support individuals to recognize and take possession of their unique gifts and potentials, for the benefit of the entire community. This evening will be both experiential and informational. Participants will take away an understanding of the power and value of spending intentional sacred time in nature. Newcomers and experienced questers are welcome.
We will mark the beginning of our time together with a purification and blessing of the directions. Topics to be covered will include stages of rites of passage/initiation ceremonies, Four Shields teachings, elements of council, effects of fasting on mind and body, and role of intention. We will invite you to explore your personal relationship with nature and how it can nourish you. Resources will be provided for finding guides and programs in the area.
In our modern world, the practices of the ancients are available to us for the well-being of self and others. By honoring and incorporating these practices we can heal our relationship to mother earth and the cosmos.
Your Guides will be Kaysie Dannemiller of Rites of Passage in Santa Rosa and Roy Remer of Earthways in Sebastopol. Kaysie and Roy have both been visionfast guides for many years. Feel free to visit our websites to learn more: ritesofpassagevisionquest.org and earthways.info .
Kaysie Dannemiller, M.A. began working in the wilderness nearly 20 years ago after a river trip in the Grand Canyon that transformed her life. Her work started when she took a group of troubled youth from Detroit to Northern Michigan and Canada for backpacking, climbing, canoeing, and therapy. Since that time she has worked with a variety of adventure and wilderness based programs. She is currently a visionfast guide with Rites of Passage in Santa Rosa and she is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Kaysie believes that Nature is the place where we deeply connect with our essential selves and from this we find purpose and joy. Roy Remer guides with EarthWays in Sebastopol and is the volunteer programs manager for Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He has served as a hospice caregiver for over 15 years. In 2008 he completed the Metta Institute’s year long End-of-Life Caregiver Training. Roy is dedicated to supporting persons through all life’s major transitions. He has trained with the School of Lost Borders and is certified in Wilderness First Aid.