BOYS INITIATION - RITES OF PASSAGE
Price: £365 (we are limited spaces for those on low income, just contact us)
What is rites of passage?
A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (births and beginnings, initiations, partnerings, and endings or death). There are many passages in our lives if we choose to mark and celebrate them.
Initiation is defined in the dictionary as, “the rites, ceremonies, ordeals or instructions with which a youth is formally invested with adult status in a community, society or sect.” We extend that definition to include rituals and ceremonies that help adults transition to new life roles along the path of adulthood – all the way into meaningful elderhood.
When we design rite of passage experiences, we work to assure that initiates come out of the experience with a new and empowering story that helps them take responsibility for the decisions that set the course of their future. We help initiates create the story of who they are and the kind of life they want to build based within the exploration of their own personal values. We also help them find the story that connects them to their community. Through this self-exploration initiates emerge with a stronger sense of personal responsibility to all aspects of their lives – stretching all the way out to the larger world of which they are a part.
So come be a part of it! The adults are needed too, on the last day to come give presents and graitude to their off spring , in the final ceremony.
The course and what it entails:
This will be a nomadic/hunger games camp of sorts, there will be two teams, who are effectively enemies and will have to decide many tactical missions, adventures and decisions together as a well oiled team to win the prize at the end.
The boys will have to cook themselves, filtrate their own water, find their own food, build and sleep in their own shelters, wittle their weapons, make fire, set and make traps, camouflage themselves, stalk, hunt, make quivers, swords among many other obstacles and tribulations. There will be a whole range of tasks that they will have to accomplish before the end of the week and they will be able to carry these skills forward with them on their life journey.