The Mentor Program is a membership (only) benefit of the Wilderness Guides Council. This program offers a platform for new guides to connect with experienced guides. It is a way for members to be educated, inspired, and to create  relationships within the WGC.


Please Note:  The relationship between mentor and mentee is considered an independent or private relationship with the WGC serving as a platform for making an initial connection. The WGC does not endorse any specific mentors and is in no way responsible for the actions of individuals or the outcomes of any mentoring relationship. Mentors and mentees are mutually responsible for establishing the extent and the specifics of their individual mentoring agreement.  Click here for details on the program.

Anne Stine
Wilderness Rites
Oregon
Anne Stine, MA, MFT,  is founder of Wilderness Rites,  with  over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, ecopsychologist and wilderness rites of passage guide.  Her programs offer initiatory earth-based healing rites and practices that assist people to reclaim their true place within the wisdom and cycles of nature and have been offered in the wilderness areas of California, Idaho and Oregon as well as at several universities.  In addition, she
Brian Spear
Threshold Adventures / Wilderness Reflections
California

Brian brings a wide variety of hard and soft skills to his work as a mentor, guide and facilitator. Since 2012, he has been guiding at risk youth on whitewater rafting adventures and has also worked with 5th grade boys as part of a school year nature immersion program.

Carol Hannagan
Sacred Journeys
California

Of Cherokee heritage, Carol is a naturalist, environmentalist, wilderness expert, author of “The Sacred Journey – A Quest for Vision Discovering the Soul’s Purpose”, and offers earth spirituality experiences through her organization -- Sacred Journeys. One of six generations of native Californians, Carol Hannagan has studied and learned in almost all of California's wilderness areas.

Carol Wilburn
Phoenixes Rising
North Carolina
Carol is a committed elder and teacher, a veteran vision fast guide and carrier of council, supporting the inquiring journeys of others through Earth and Council-centered ceremony since 1990. Phoenixes Rising is her cross-generational work linking elders and "youngers" in mutual support and inquiry towards living and serving into a kinder, sweeter future. Programs include rites of passage, council circles, and community projects.

Corinna Stevenson
Dragonfly Healing

Corinna is the creator of Dragonfly and co-founder of CanAdventure Education. For over a decade she has been guiding people through personal transformation in wilderness settings. A gifted ecopsychologist and rites of passage guide, Corinna brings much heart and humour to her work. Her well-founded belief in the restorative powers of nature and the unlimited potential of humans are themes that characterize all of her endeavors.

Darcy Ottey
Youth Passageways, Pacific Quest, Rite of Passage Journeys
Washington

Since her own wilderness-based coming of age experience through Rite of Passage Journeys at age 13, Darcy Ottey has been passionate about the importance of creating intentional rite of passage experiences for young people and adults.

Farion Pearce
Condor Vision Quest
California

Farion is a wife, mother, teacher, and Reiki Master who spends much of her time holding sacred space for several circles: Quests, on-going Incorporation circles, Grandmothers, Reiki Shares. She has been leading vision quests for women since 1997. Farion served the WGC as Netkeeper from 2001 - 2005, as Bundle Keeper from 2006 - 2010, and was a member of the Advisory Council from 2010 - 2012.

Fran Weinbaum
Vermont Wilderness Rites
Vermont
​Fran Weinbaum, the principal guide of Vermont Wilderness Guides, has been guiding vision fasts since 1996. Fran lives in East Montpelier, Vermont, balancing the tending of goats, garden and hearth, and being a grandmother with work as a wilderness quest guide and ontological life coach.
Jennifer J. Wilhoit
TEALarbor stories
Washington
Jennifer J. Wilhoit, PhD is the founder of TEALarbor stories and a published author of books, essays, and research articles about the human/nature relationship as well as the ecotone of inner/outer landscapes. She leads workshops, speaks and presents on various topics, and guides healing experiences with individuals using natural landscapes as referent and setting.
Jeremy Thres
Regenco - working with the Regenerative Powers of Nature

~~Jeremy Thres (Smoke), a life/death experience in the late eighties, led to a wish to give back to wild Nature and connect people with its freely available joys. So began a quest for ways that fulfilled this deeply, and when I first heard the term Visionquest it reverberated in my Soul. I had become involved in wilderness based exchanges to Russia and so it was my first quest took place there, after which I knew I had found what I had been looking for.

Kent Pearce
Condor Vision Quest
California
Kent is a light-hearted man who re-wilds one step at a time.  From his experience, he believes that the essence of the vision quest is to See and Be Seen.  To manifest this essence, he originated the Condor Vision Quest, fathered the Condor Clan incorporation support community, and co-created the Order of the Red Bandana.  He has been a hyper-active member of the Wilderness Guides Council since 1993.

Lightheart: (medicine name)
Krystyna Jurzykowski
Dream Quest
Texas
A child of immigrants in exile, Krystyna grew up in a combo of vast wilderness and cement jungles in 3 different continents. Ultimately the wisdom of nature became home, her sanctuary of Guidance.  In 1991 it was Gigi Coyle who led her to the School of Lost Borders, and it is with her, and Stephen and Meredith she fulfilled 7 years of training.
Larry Hobbs

Washington
From a field biologist studying whales and dolphins, to a psychotherapist working with individual and family systems, to a teacher and naturalist leading wildlife trips worldwide, Larry came to Lost Borders to train and to guide vision fasts.
Lia Naor
Ways of Knowing

Lia Naor is a PhD student in the Department for Counseling and Human Development at the University of Haifa, Israel. Lia is currently studying the process of positive transformation, particularly at it occurs in nature. Lia holds a BA in social work and an MA in drama therapy. She is a licensed nature guide and for the past 20 years has combined her love and experience in the field of nature and therapy working as a nature therapist.
Lia Naor
Ways of knowing

Hi, my name is Lia and i have a deep and wild love for nature and human beings which has inspired me to inquire deeply into both. For the past 20 years I have combined the two in my practice of nature therapy with groups and individuals through journeys in the desert as well as weekly sessions. Years of experiencing and witnessing positive transformation occurring in nature led me to my PhD focusing on a model for facilitating transformative processes within nature.
Michelle Katz
Oaks Counsel
California

Michelle is the Founder, Creator, Facilitator and Counselor of Oaks Counsel.  Oaks Counsel offers nature-based counseling and programing to facilitate and acknowledge the various changes an individual moves through in life.

Munro Sickafoose
Three Ravens, Rites of Passage, UU Santa Fe
New Mexico
I am a husband, father, whitewater river guide, and ceremonial leader. I've been deeply involved with indigenous earth–based ceremonies for many years, and I trained as a vision quest guide with Steven Foster and Meredith Little at the School of Lost Borders in 2000.

Paul J Howell


After 17 years working for a multinational energy corporation, a series of direct encounters with soul catalysed a radical change in my life. Since childhood I have followed an instinctual call to be in wild places, my curiosity about the human journey and our relationships to our people and place and purpose guide and inspire m
Ron Pevny
Center for Conscious Eldering
Colorado
Ron Pevny, M.A.,  recognized his calling as a wilderness rite of passage guide in 1979 and ever since has been dedicated to assisting people in negotiating life transitions as they create lives of purpose and passion. He is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado. He is also a Certified Sage-ing® Leader and is the creator and administrator of the twelve-organization Conscious Aging Alliance.
Silvia Talavera
The School of Lost Borders
Oregon
Silvia Talavera has been a guide and teacher for  The School of Lost Borders since 1993. She is a woman of versatility, passion, and humor. She brings to her work a nurturing insight and deep compassion. She has been working as a nurse since 1979 and began her career in hospice in 2003, supporting end of life care both at the bedside and as a community educator. She volunteers for the hospice bereavement program and incorporates Reikiin her nursing practice.

Tamarix
School of Lost Borders, The Tamarix Project
Utah
A zoo noticed that many of its animals were getting sick, depressed, and not performing well. They built a special veterinary clinic for these animals and hired the best doctors with all the most advanced methods and treatments to fix these underperforming animals. The doctors discovered that placing the animals in environments that closely replicated their ancestral ways of being quickly brought about drastic healing in these animals.