A rite of passage to find yourself and way
This is an 8 week course that leads you on an initiatory journey to discover deeper purpose and direction in your life. Who are you and what are you called to do? A passage marks a transition from one stage of life or state of consciousness to another, whether it is graduating from high school or college, marrying or divorcing, a new job or retiring. Moving through the stages of preparation, separation, transformation, and integration, you discover a new sense of intimacy with yourself, others, and the world around you. Coupling individual and group work to provide safe passage, this is a class that helps you discover meaning and inspiration in your life, allowing you to step more fully into your future as you separate and integrate your past. Come journey.
This course comes with a discussion group, weekly support group, and 2 individual/group sessions.
Who is this path for?
This path is for anyone who is ready to take the next step on the path of their own transformation--wherever it leads. Are you called to move deeper into a more intimate connection with yourself, others, and the world? Do you want to have a meaningful and transformational experience that can help you know and love yourself more fully? Following in the footsteps of rites of passage throughout time, this course is designed to lead you to a new name, identity, life, and purpose.
Circle Passages is a wilderness rite of passage program designed to help you find yourself and your way as you embark on a journey into the wilds of your life. The rite of passage is an ancient approach that research shows helps you: improve your mood and satisfaction with life; is good for your health; helps you think more critically; 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. At its heart, the rite of passage makes you love yourself, others, and life more. Come find yourself and your way.
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 is characterized by 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. Yet what you get from your passage will be unique to you. In a fundamental way, you get a new relationship with yourself and start to your life.
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!
Dr. 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 perspective and a new love of life.
The 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.
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.
Licensed Counselor, MAROP 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.
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, PhDROP 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 from Jungian to indigenous, they help you create your own tradition and your own rite of passage to encircle you.
Getting to know Heather and the PATH
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 on the land at BEloved nature sanctuary 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.
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. So, you get to design a ritual and ceremony to guide and honor your transformation. Building upon an archetypal structure that underlies rites of passage you get to pick how you experience your own. Is it in a forest or on the plains? Are you in a dwelling (cave, tent, cabin . . .) or out in the open? Unlike in the past when the way was determined by your culture and gender, you can design a rite of passage that reflects you through reflection exercises, journaling, guidelines, and self-generated ritual. We are here to help.
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 and celebrate your transition from one state to another. We are offering ongoing courses remotely during the pandemic to help you find yourself and your way.
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Creating structure: You are held in CIRCLE
This is called Circle Passages because it is held in a circle. As you undergo your rite of passage there are 3 circles that provide safe passage.
A circle of ONE
You are alone on the land
On the land and throughout this process you are fundamentally alone, reflecting on yourself and your life.
A power PARTNER
You check in with a partner
In this process you are held by a power partner who you check in with throughout the weeks and on the land.
A group CIRCLE
You are held within a circle
From beginning to end, you are held within the circle of the group to mirror and provide a container for your passage.
This does NOT have to be hard.
While rites of passage are traditionally rigorous, this does not have to be hard. What is more important is that your experience is meaningful and suited to you. This can mean staying in a cabin or a tent, out in the open or in a cave. Go within to follow your intuition and heart about where your rite of passage should take place and how long it should be. Each of these details is yours to decide. This is a reflection of you.
10 weeks guide you to a new sense of yourself
We begin in week 1 and end in week 10 by opening and closing a circle. Week 2 & 3. Beginning with the stages of introduction and separation, you step away from your old life and self toward a new call and identity. Week 4 & 5. Learning about self-generated ritual and thresholds, you design your rite of passage, as we circle up together to create intentions. Week 6 & 7. Entering into your transformation, you experience time on the land before coming back into a circle of story and power. Week 8 & 9. Returning to integrate your experience within the circle of family and community, you embrace your new power, name, and identity, as you ground your experience in your daily life.
Stepping into Community
Week 1 Creating a circle
Like any pilgrimage or rite of passage, this journey begins with some preparation. So, we send out information on the path and process for you to read to orient you and open with a circle.
A Circle to Hold You
Week 10 Expanding your circle
As you end and return to your life, we will not close our circle but open it into the world, allowing you to walk out into your life more fully while keeping a connection to support you as you go.
Coursework and play . . .
Each week your content drops down for you.
Week 2 Introduction
Introduction of the Circle
In our circle we introduce each other and new skills. We open fundamental questions: Who are you and why have you come?
Week 3 Separation
Circle for Preparation
Holding circle and beginning to separate from your old life.
What do you want to leave behind?
Week 4 Preparation
Circle for Design
Designing your rite of passage for YOU.
What do you want to bring with you and experience?
Week 5 Intention
Circle for Intention
Circling up for intention: gather in ceremony.
Who are you and what calls you?
Week 6 Transformation
Circle for Transformation
Entering onto the land to transform and create a power circle.
What is your calling, purpose, and identity?
Week 7 Ritualization
Circle for Power
Returning into a circle of story, ceremony, and power.
How are you witnessed and mirrored in your power?
Week 8 Initiation
Circle in Community
Re-entering family, tribe, and community as your new identity.
Who are you now in relationship with the world?
Week 9 Integration
Rippling out in your new life, purpose, and vision.
What do you want to do looking forward?
Stages of your PASSAGE
There are 4 basic stages that you journey through to return back "home" to yourself.
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. On this journey you find yourself and create your life. Each step 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. Whether revealed through symbolic or synchronous experiences on the land or within your inner landscape as an inner vision or calling, your nature and nature work and play together to guide and transform you.
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. Vocation means soul's call and rites of passage are designed as archetypal steps to lead you to a new identity, name, calling, and role in community. They help you step into your power and purpose in a new way.
Return to your archetypal roots
As a practice held throughout time but lost in our time, rites of passage return us to our human roots and to our authentic self. This is a call back into our body and the body of the land, but it is also a call back to ourselves, our families, and lives. Rites of passage bring us home.
A power instrument
Reflecting traditions throughout the ages, you get to create a rattle or a drum to help hold your vision. Constructed throughout your journey, you draw or decorate your instrument with symbolic images from your initiatory journey, embodied in an instrument that empowers your life.
Create 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.
Create a drum
Make a power instrument
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.
Create 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. Rattle packets are available for groups.
You create a power circle
Your power circle is a circle that supports you on the land and in your life. To reinforce this circle, we offer drum or rattle making. Following ancient traditions, we embody our visions and calling in instruments as people have for thousands of years. Like all of the aspects of your rite of passage, the creation of an instrument is done your way, if you want.
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. So, we begin by keeping a nature journal--a journal of our nature and nature. This journal helps us move through the stages as we self-reflect and grow.
Open to the wisdom of lineage and land
What calls to you on the land? It could be the call of your ancestors and family lineage. It could be your soul, a song of the bird, or the beauty of the sunrise. On this path you will leave patterns in your past to move more fully into your future. Separation, transformation, and integration lead you to transform yourself but also those around you.
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 and receive the gift of your name and calling. Whether in the song of a bird, a vision in the sunrise, or a synchronous discovery, nature teaches you.
You are gifted in circle.
On your rite of passage you are given the gift of understanding who you are and what you are called to do and be. Though each passage is unique, the purpose of the passage throughout time has been to transition and transform people from one state of development and consciousness to another, so they can offer their gift to the world and their community.
The gift of time
On the land you have time to really be with yourself and discover who you are. In a time of unprecedented technology, this is a chance to be alone with yourself and get to know who you are. In the midst of constant contact, this is a chance to rest a recover, reflecting on where you have been and where you are going. Drop deep and remember yourself.
Receive the gift of your name and identity.
When you are on the land you often receive a vision and this leads to the revelation of a new name. From the Israelites in the wilderness to the native peoples of all lands, people have undergone this ritual of receiving a vision of their purpose and a name that reflects it. Whether you keep this name and purpose to yourself, it will become a core part of you.