A rite of passage for you and those you love

An 8 week rite of passage class designed to lead groups to deeper intimacy, honesty, and integrity together. Whether you go camping in nature, on a vacation in a cabin, or stay at home, this is a path that helps you transform in relationship with others. Whether your group is a family, team, or couple (s), this is an offering for those who want to strengthen and deepen their relationships, building trust and commitment. 

This Class comes with in-person classes, 2 individual/group sessions, online support, and a 5 day ROP with a necklace kit.

Family Passage

Circle Passages is a wilderness rites of passage designed to help you find yourself and your way as you embark ever deeper into your life. The group offering is an approach that research shows helps you improve: your mood and satisfaction with life; your health; your ability to think clearly; and your sense of self. This path decreases your material attachment; humbles you; makes you feel you have more time; makes you more generous and cooperative; and (not surprisingly) helps you feel more connected to other people and nature. 
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Who is this path for?

You do not have to be a survivalist to walk this path or be willing to risk your life in nature. This is a path designed by you for you. This path is for anyone who is ready to take the next step on the path of their own transformation journey--wherever it leads. The real question is: do you feel called to a new name, identity, life, and purpose? Are you called to move deeper into a more intimate connection with yourself, others, and the world? This is a chance for you to move as a couple or group together.

What people are saying . . .

Rites of passage lead to a life of greater authenticity, integrity, and intimacy. They offer a path of healing and transformation that can be characterized as a greater love for life embodied in the image of the sunrise that marks the end of the passage on the third day with hope.
The experience was transformative. My parents had not talked for decades and we had years of emotional trauma. I was hoping to simply be able to communicate with each other. What occurred far exceeded my expectations. We are not only able to communicate but my parents have become good friends. We were able to reclaim our family.
My family right of passage led by Dr. Heather Taylor-Zimmerman brought our family not simply closure on the past but a future. We were able to process old wounds and see each other in a new way. We have transformed our relationships to emerge with a deeper understanding, compassion and love for each other.
Heather Taylor was able to walk us through a group dynamic with remarkable ease. I was concerned that it would be emotional and resurrect our historical conflict. We were able to move through obstacles and reunite as a family. It was a truly transformative process. My rite of passage opened me to a new love of life and a hope for the future.
Our family healing rite of passage has been profound for me, facing the pain I caused, regaining harmony, feeling the love we all have for each other and our life, remembering and laughing together, all this has been a joyful transformation. 
I learned things about myself and from that made forward movement in healing which is great, huge and appreciated.

An Introduction

Getting to know Heather and the PATH
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A Quest of the Imagination

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is the language of the soul. Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled" and "Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein

What people are saying . . . 

This coursework is deep psycho-active or soul activating creativity. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself. It is not easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and affirming, touching upon the core of who you are and why you are here. At its foundation this art is about your heart's purpose and soul's calling .


Licensed Counselor, MA
ROP certified leader

Buck is drawn to the circle of rites of passage as a way to open hearts and minds. Extending his work with youth as a counselor, he believes in the gifts of the land that offer hope and renewal.


Youth Counselor
ROP certified leader

Jordan is passionate about helping people find their way to a deeper and more authentic life. A youth counselor for years, Jordan loves helping people discover their passion and purpose.


Eco-Art Psychology, PhD
ROP certified leader

Heather has a deep calling and commitment to helping people live authentic lives of deep meaning: to be themselves. She feels a special call to help youth find themselves and their way.

Certified: 4H, WSU, & School of Lost Borders

Buck, Jordan, and Heather offer unique gifts that reflect their diverse backgrounds, but they have all undergone the same training and certification to lead rites of passage, providing common ground--the circle. Their orientation reflects the archetypal nature of rites of passage that has remained consistent throughout human history. Reflecting the collective wisdom of traditions through the ages, they help you create your own tradition and your own rite of passage to encircle you.

Nature is the real instructor.

On the land you are instructed by nature to connect to your nature. You are exploring the deep knowledge and wisdom of the land of your being. When you are in nature you are natural: yourself. You realize that you are not who you should be but who you were born to be and are. Nature helps you let go of limiting beliefs and expectations to claim the power, passion and purpose of who you are. In this process of self-realization you are the instructor. As the saying goes: it's between you and You. 

A Circle Holds You

The Circle Provides safe Passage

While you are in the open expanse of nature, you are held in circle. Whether you are in circle in your yard or a local park or in the deep wilderness of the rites of passage, you are held within a circle of support within and without. This is the power of the circle to hold, protect and support you as you grow and transform. The circle provides safe passage, keeping you safe as you go out on your own into the world. Like a cocoon, a circle provides the space for you to take wing and fly. 
"Healing, it turns out, is a journey. It doesn't happen all at once."

A Circle Opens You

Your are Your Guide

The rites of passage are designed by the individual and they are initiated to reflect the unique VISION and experience of YOUR process. While a fundamental archetypal (universal) structure is provided, individuals are encouraged to create their own circle of support and self-generated ritual, including options in terms of where and how the rite of passage takes place. While in the past the rite of passage was determined by culture and gender, we believe that people’s processes are best reflected in initiating ceremonies of their own design

This is your ceremony.

Your rite of passage reflects you--your values and identity, crisis and calling. So, you design a ritual and ceremony to guide and honor your transformation. From high school graduation to midlife crisis, you will design a rite of passage to hold you as partners, friends, or family. You get to create and celebrate this experience together. What is important to you? What reflects your power, purpose, and story? Find your way.

Circling Up

Rites of passage have been held for thousands of years but have been lost in the modern world. So, we gather in circle to help hold you celebrate your transition from one state to another. Are you called to claim a new sense of power, purpose, and identity? We are offering ongoing courses remotely during the pandemic to help you find yourself and your way. 
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This does NOT have to be hard.

You get to design this YOUR WAY. This can mean renting a cabin in the forest or a beach house for your group. It can include playing games, building a fire in a fireplace or on the beach . . . whatever is meaningful for you. The activities, rituals, and prompts we offer represent an archetypal structure for you to build on and modify. Make it your own. Make it together. Part of the power of the process is your collaboration.

Travel alone

You must feel alone sometimes

In ways this is a lonely process in which you travel by yourself to find yourself.

Travel partner

You have a partner to help

You are partnered with another to help you through mirroring and support.

Travel group

You are held in a group

Whether you are alone or with your partner, you are held by the group.

8 weeks guide you to a new relationship to yourself and each other, growing together.

Week 1 & 2. Beginning with the stages of introduction and separation, you step away from your old life and self toward a new way of being. Week 3 & 4. Learning about self-generated ritual and thresholds, you design your rite of passage, as we circle up together creating intentions. Week 5 &6. Entering the liminal space of transformation, you experience time on the land before coming back into a circle of story and power.
Week 7 & 8. Returning to integrate your experience within the circle of family, tribe, and community, you embrace your new power and identity. 

 1. Introduction

Create a circle

Creating a circle introduction and introducing new skills. 
Who are you and why have you come? 

2. Separation

Begin to separate

Holding circle and beginning to separate from your old life.
What do you want to leave behind? 

3. Preparation

Prepare a design

Designing your rite of passage for YOU.
What do you want to bring with you and experience?

4. Intention

Circle for intention

Circling up for intention: gather in ceremony.
Who are you and what calls you?

5. Transformation

Enter transformation

Entering onto the land to transform and create a power circle.
What is your calling, purpose, and identity? 

6. Ritualization

Self-generated ritual

Returning into a circle of story, ceremony, and power.
How are you witnessed and mirrored in your power?

7. Initiation

Join in community

Re-entering family, tribe, and community as your new identity.
Who are you now in relationship with the world?

8. Integration

Ripple out

Rippling out in your new life, purpose, and vision.
What do you want to do looking forward?

Coursework and play . . .

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Stages of your PASSAGE

There are 4 basic stages that you journey through to return back "home" to yourself.
A time to separate from what you want to leave behind and move into your future, preparing for your passage.  

During separation you begin to prepare for your journey, going through a life review to see where you have been and determine where you are going. It is a time to let go.
On your rite of passage you pass through a threshold of transformation and initiation to claim your power.
In your period of transformation you overcome limiting patterns of thinking, feeling and acting as you set off on a ritual journey of self-empowerment and discovery.
As you come back from your rite of passage, you return to your life, integrating your new vision, power, and identity.

Integration is a time to gather and harvest the experiences, teachings, and gifts of your rite of passage and weave them into yourself and your life. It is a coming home.
Travelling into your life, you embrace the calling of your rite of passage and bring it more fully into the world.

Continuation is the path that goes ever on, as you move more fully into your vision and power, claiming your identity to give the gift of your calling to the world.

A power instrument

Reflecting traditions through the ages, you can create a rattle, drum, or necklace to help hold your vision on the land and carry it into your life. This is an optional but powerful element of a rite of passage that allows you to bring something back as a reminder of your quest.

Creating a necklace

Make a symbolic image

Decorate a carved wooden pendant with a power image and cover it with glass. Then string your necklace with leather. Supply packets are available for groups."Healing, it turns out, is a journey. It doesn't happen all at once."

Creating a drum

Design a power symbol

Create a drum as a power circle to hold you on your quest and remind you of your passage. Recommendations for drum supplies are available on request.

Creating a rattle

Tell your story your way

Decorate a rattle to take with you to mark your passage, tell your story, and symbolize your new name and identity. Rattles are available for groups.

Circle Passages brings you back to yourself

This is a journey from your past to your present to envision your future, moving from separation and preparation to transformation and integration. This is a journey to find yourself and create your life. Each step on this journey represents a change and a threshold crossing.

Nature is alive 

When we are in nature we come to life, realizing that not only nature but our nature is alive. We realize that we love life and are ready to live.

Envision your future

At its heart this is a vision quest on which each step allows you to see further into your future, gaining insight on where you are going. This insight allows you to understand each other and your relationship. 

You create a power circle

Your power circle is a circle that supports you on the land and in your life. We offer drum making as a way to reinforce your power circle.

You are telling your story

Retelling your story in your own way has the power to transform you and your life, taking control of the narrative of your past and future.

Open to the wisdom of lineage and land

What calls to you on the land? It could be the call of your ancestors and traditions or a call from the land itself. Open to the possibilities. 

Being in nature helps you self-reflect

When you are in nature you get in touch with your nature, becoming natural. In the mirror of nature you discover your power.

This is a time to embrace who you are.

On the land you connect to your land and embrace your nature.

You are gifted in circle.

On your rite of passage you realize that you are the gift of your soul given to the world, and you are given a vision of how to offer your gift.

The gift of time

On the land you have time to really be with yourself and discover who you are. This is a chance to rest a recover yourself.

Receive the gift of your name and identity.

When you are on the land you receive and offer the gift of yourself.