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Wilderness Trips

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wilderness Trips

Our wilderness 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.

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Wilderness Quest:
18-24 Year Olds All Genders

Calling teens and young adults, age 18-24, who are ready for the adventure and challenge of a lifetime. Join Guided wilderness trips Summer 2023 Wilderness Quest in order to mark your transition into adulthood. This is going to be a powerful and life-changing experience that will help you move forward into this next phase of your life with more confidence, intention, and purpose.

This is an 8-day backpacking trip into the Russian Wilderness in Northern California with 3 days/3 nights of solo time. After backpacking to our destination, there will be group preparation followed by a period of solo time and fasting. The trip will end with a witnessing council and incorporation back into the group and community.

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.

Trip Dates: June 19th-June 26th 2023

Registration Closed.

Please check back with us for our upcoming trips for summer 2024

Program Inclusions

Tuition includes

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

*Applying to the program does not bind you to submit payment, it simply lets us know that you are interested in taking the next steps to learn more before you commit.

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Guided Passages' Rites of Passage model comes from the teachings passed down through the School of Lost Borders

and the work of Steven Foster and Meredith Little. As such, our trips are structured around the following three phases:


“Severance begins when you decide to commit to this ceremony. It is preparation for the [solo] fast, and the time to ask: ‘Who am I now? And what do I need to leave behind to move forward?’ This process of ‘letting go’ can be difficult, but it is the first step in marking the truth of who you are and the gifts you bring to the world.”


“During the threshold, you will cross alone into the natural world for a period of solo time. Throughout your solo you will find yourself in a liminal time, a realm between your old life, and the life that has yet to come. You will create your own ceremony that reflects your background, intention, value, and what you are honoring in your life.”


“Incorporation begins when you return from your solo and are reunited with your group and guides. They will listen deeply to your story and mirror it back to you. You will be supported to bring back the learning and gifts from your ceremony to your people. Incorporation is a year long process and an opportunity to show up in your life in new ways.”

Trip Guides

All guides are certified Wilderness First Responders.

Jasmyne Chandler

Susan Wofsy

Somer Shook

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

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