Terrain of Transformation

What are Rites of Passage & Why do they Work?

Ages 18+ |  January 11 - 12, 2020  | Return to Restoring Culture Programs

“I greatly admire the work that you and your colleagues at Journeys are undertaking, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to sit in council with you and experience some of the rituals and practices. I'm overwhelmed by the bounty of information and wisdom that you're helping to bring forward for those of us like me who are new to the field." - Ava, Participant

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A healthy human life is filled with constant transformation.

Each day, we evolve and unfold in countless mysterious ways. Sometimes these changes are dramatic and intense; sometimes they are subtle.

Change often brings with it fear of the unknown. Many of us use every tool we’ve got to resist it, trying to control what is happening inside and around us. The results are rarely satisfying: stagnation, creeping anxiety, depression, and feeling out of control are just a few of the consequences that come from shying away from transformation.

Over tens of thousands of years and across the globe, communities have developed tools to help navigate the large and small transitions that individuals face over their lifetimes. This collection of tools is commonly known as rites of passage.

Rites of passage are a keystone practice in human cultures. Lost to most contemporary communities, the promise in reclaiming and re-imagining these traditions shines bright. Through initiatory processes, individuals shed what has become too small for them, and are challenged and supported in developing the inner resources and understandings to fully bring their unique gifts forward – into a world that urgently needs what they have to offer.

As we travel through the vast wilderness of our lives, we need a map and compass to safely navigate. We need to be able to orient ourselves.

And, we need to be able to supply the next generation with these orienteering skills as well, as they stand to inherit a world undergoing massive change. This weekend is designed to offer a “map and compass” for navigating the many changes in our lives.

Whether you are in the midst of your own transition, or interested in incorporating rites of passage into your work, join us for this weekend experiential immersion. During our time together, we will:

  • Dive deeply into key orienting frameworks for transformation growing out of the fields of rites of passage and human development

  • Practice tools of the rite of passage process, such as ceremonial design, development of intention, embodiment exercises and circle practices

  • Explore the resurgence of rites of passage today, and how these efforts fit in with global change movements

This workshop can be taken alone or as the first of the three-part Restoring Rites of Passage Leadership Series.

Making a program payment will reserve your space. If you have questions first, you can contact us.




Ages 18 +
All Genders


Saturday, January 11, 10am - 9pm &
Sunday, January 12, 9am - 3pm

Seattle, WA
(Duwamish Territory)


$175 - $295, Sliding Scale
Due at Registration


Questions? Check out our FAQ page or send us a message!


A Note on Journeys Pricing

Rite of Passage Journeys is committed to making our programs accessible to all who are called to join us, and we use a sliding scale to encourage everyone to help make this possible. The scale for this program is based on an estimate of moderate enrollment of 12 people:

  • $175 per person falls short of covering our direct expenses

  • $200 per person covers our direct costs of running the program

  • $250 per person covers our full costs (administrative overhead)

  • $295 supports those paying on the lower end of the scale and helps Journeys develop future programs

Journeys has never turned away a participant for lack of funds. If the low end of the Sliding Scale is beyond your capacity to pay, please contact us for information about further financial aid or a payment plan that could make your participation possible. Thank you for supporting this movement towards greater financial equity and transparency!




Darcy Ottey


Journeys has been part of every major transition in Darcy’s life, since her Coming of Age program when she was 13. She was the Executive Director of Journeys from 2006 - 2011, and helped to birth…


Watch Darcy’s recent TEDx talk about rites of passage

Synopsis: Meaningful, community-recognized rites of passage for young people could be the key to our survival as a species.


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