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Wilderness Trips

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wilderness Trips

Our Wilderness Rites of Passage Trips for Teens and Young Adults are a powerful way to mark important life transitions. 

In our modern-day culture, the ancient practice of initiating our youth has been lost. “Our culture is one of the few in history that does not incorporate rites of passage, and…this has severe consequences. This is confirmed by therapists and others who work with the emotional, psychological, and spiritual demands of their clients that, in other societies, are addressed through sanctioned rituals..” 

Marking big life transitions in this way helps youth move forward in their lives with greater self-confidence, self-acceptance, and intention.

Guided Passages is here to bring back healthy, initiatory experiences for young people, so they can learn to love and accept themselves for who they are and step fully into purposeful and meaningful lives.

There is something magical about getting young people out in nature, disconnecting from their devices, and connecting with themselves and others in deep and authentic ways. 

Not only is it a time for them to let loose, get a little wild, and have tons of fun making new friends and memories, but it’s also an opportunity to stretch themselves beyond their normal limits, to persevere through challenges, and to set powerful intentions for the next phase of their journey.

These are the moments that they will remember as life-changing and transformative and that will carry them forward for a long time to come. 

Contact us to learn more and get registered.

Guided Passages' Wilderness Quest
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Wilderness Quests:
Summer 2024

7th/8th Graders, All Genders:

This wilderness adventure is for incoming or exiting 7th and 8th Graders age 12-14, who are ready for the adventure and challenge of a lifetime. This will be a 5-Day, 4-Night Backpacking trip into the Marble Mountain Wilderness of Northern California to mark the transition into their teenage years, get wild, stretch themselves, connect with themselves and others in deep and meaningful ways, and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

This is going to be a powerful and life-changing experience that will help middle schoolers move forward into this next phase of their lives with more confidence, intention, and purpose.

Guided Passages operates under special use permit with the Klamath National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.


Trip Dates: June 26th-June 30th, 2024

Tuition: $650

18-24 Year Olds, All Genders:

This Wilderness Rites of Passage trip is for 18-24 year olds who are ready to mark their transition into adulthood. This is an 8-Day, 7-Night Backpacking trip into the Marble Mountain Wilderness of Northern California that includes 2-Days/2-Nights of Solo time and Fasting. This will be a powerful Rite of Passage journey where they will get to truly be initiated into this next phase of their lives with intention and ceremony.

Who am I? What am I leaving behind from my childhood? Who do I want to become? What are my gifts? What is my calling? Why am I here?

This is their moment to sit with those deeper questions, to sit with themselves, to claim who they are, and to call in what they want in their lives and what they want to share with the world.

Trip Dates: July 15th-22nd, 2024

Tuition: $895

Program Inclusions

Tuition includes:

*Payment plans and limited, partial scholarships available if cost is a barrier.

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Trip Guides

All guides are certified Wilderness First Responders and/or Certified in CPR/First Aid.

Check out this amazing, short film produced by Warrior Films explaining the importance of Rites of Passage for our Youth

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Kerrick Gooden


Kerrick was raised in the Hill Country of Austin, Texas where he studied at the University of Texas. After some travel, he moved to the Rogue Valley of Oregon with a vision to farm and support youth. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Cultural Anthropology with Honors in 2004 at Southern Oregon University, and devoted over a decade supporting youth and their families navigate  local and state social service programs. During this time, he and his partner cultivated a food forest at their home and founded Verdant Phoenix as an educational mini-farm in 2016.

Verdant Phoenix Farm became an expression of a way of life for Kerrick. He is interested in the relationships between humans, soil, microbes, plants/trees/shrubs, food, culture, time, and the web of life. As these elements inform his horticultural practice, Kerrick enjoys supporting landscapes, gardens, farms, and their people who are interested in belonging to the land.