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Aidoneus Bishop
WildWise School

Aidoneus "Aidon" Bishop, is a Pite Sámi wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and rite of passage facilitator.  A trauma-informed educator, father of six, former Boy Scout Leader, United States Marine, chef, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and Information Technology Execu

Alex Eppel
TRIO Upward Bound Okanogan County
Alex was introduced to the power of wilderness based personal development and rites of passage through 5 years of work with Educo Africa.  He has since been on the journey of fatherhood and the search for way to live in harmony with nature through ecological homesteading.
Amos Clifford
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

Amos Clifford, M.A is one of the leading voices for Shinrin-Yoku-inspired Forest Therapy in the United States. He began his career as a wilderness guide in 1972, and taught his first nature connection class to troubled teens in 1973.

Amy Sugeno
Amy Sugeno, LCSW
Amy Sugeno is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Ecotherapist based in the Hill Country of central Texas. Amy ​worked as a wildlife biologist for over 16 years, mostly studying birds, bats, and rare species before changing careers to become a Social Worker and therapist.
Anastasios Pantelopulos

North Carolina
Anastasios, better known as Stas, is a therapist, wilderness guide, and environmental scientist. He's been hooked on Rites of Passage work, and it's been hooked on him as well, since he first had the opportunity to assist with a fast in 2012.
Ann Linnea
PeerSpirit, Inc.
Ann Linnea of PeerSpirit is a wilderness guide with four decades of experience.
Anna Coffman
Journey Home
Anna Coffman is a retired hospice nurse, wilderness rites of passage guide, and longtime Zen Buddhist practitioner. She draws on her experiences and training in these areas to offer a variety of workshops, groups, retreats, and wilderness experiences.
Anne Hayden
North West Soulquest
Anne Hayden is a wilderness guide, wild land steward, and mentor for those who fish in the depths of nature and psyche. She supports people to follow their own mysterious soul-threads through her intuitive gifts of tracking the underground dream and inviting people to their honest edges with fierce compassion.
Anne Stine
Wilderness Rites
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
Ben Marchman

Ben was raised in Sharpsburg GA, on land that generations of ancestors have stewarded. His most precious childhood memories include the endless adventures with family, building forts, paddling rivers, camping, and exploring the natural world.

Betsy Perluss
School of Lost Borders
Betsy Perluss, Ph.D. has been involved with the School of Lost Borders for over fifteen years as staff, wilderness guide, and trainer. She holds a doctorate in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she currently teaches courses on ecopsychology and rites of passage.
Bettina Straub

As a creative and rooted Rites of Passage guide, Bettina brings earth ceremony, body awareness and mindfulness to her work.

Bill Plotkin
Animas Valley Institute

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution.

Brian Spear
Threshold Adventures / Wilderness Reflections

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.

Bryan Bieniek
Sourcing The Fire

Bryan is a teacher, artist, mentor, and Wilderness Rites of Passage guide.
Cameron Withey
Youth Passageways, Rite of Passage Journeys
Cameron began leading youth rites of passage in 2011. Wandering the woods at The Evergreen State College, he found his calling through self-designed studies in eco-psychology, contemporary rites of passage, and writing.&nbs
Carol Hannagan
Sacred Journeys

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.

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.
Carolyn Ringo
Earth Essence
Carolyn Ringo is a Deep Self Care coach and an experienced guide in your process of transition and transformation.
Cate Burnett
School of Lost Borders - Living the Practices
Cate has a deep and soulful connection to wild places and all those who live there.  She is a naturalist, wildlife tracker and wilderness guide, having spent over 25 years leading expeditions in the PNW and Hawaii.  Her devotion to honoring the 'wild and untamed' stirrings within herself lends enthusiasm and passion to thos
Cazeaux Nordstrum

Growing up in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona when the towns were small and the wild untamed lands were vast, Cazeaux lived among the influence of many native cultures.  The land itself was a spiritual center honored by the annual cycle of indigenous and religious rituals and ceremonies.
Christiane Frischmuth
Global Frischmuth Consulting, LLC

Christiane Frischmuth
Contact: christiane@gfconsulting.org;
Christina Baldwin
PeerSpirit, Inc., Life & Leadership through Circle, Quest, & Story
Christina Baldwin is a life-long journal writer who has been sitting on rocks, logs, beaches, cliffs, and mountains connecting spirit and Nature through the words of her own heart. She has been camping since childhood and designing Nature experiences and quests for many decades.
Chuck Hancock
Inner Life Adventures

Chuck Hancock, M.Ed.,

Clif Weldon & Maria Bucaro

Maria and Clif bring their own unique style and energy to the ceremony of questing, guiding couples as a couple. Offering individual quests as well as Couple's Quests.

Colleen Bishop
Alchemy of Prana
Corinna Stoeffl
Being in Awareness
Corinna Stoeffl, MA, MS, CFMW is an initiated elder, a seeker who lives in the question and one who knows that magic is real. She continues to grow  more and more into her knowing and awareness.
Daian Hennington

As both a clinical social worker licensed in California, and a wilderness rites of passage guide, I have over 20 years of experience supporting people in transition through life passages.  As a grandmother of multi-cultural heritage I bring a pan-cultural perspective and some life experience.
Darcy Ottey
Youth Passageways, Pacific Quest, Rite of Passage Journeys

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 in

David Wynn
Blue Ridge Treks, LLC
North Carolina
Deborah Greene-Jacobi
Deborah Greene-Jacobi, MS, has been an educational therapist, teacher and mentor of youth and adults for over 35 years. A passionate wilderness guide, Deb is inspired by the transformative power of wild nature as a mirror of our own human nature.
Dominica Bridget Kriz

Dominica Bridget Kriz 
Bridget is currently a senior apprentice guide with the Animas Valley Institute.

Emerald North
School of Lost Borders
New Mexico
Visionary, painter, sculptor, gardener and poet, Emerald North, brings years of vital and vibrant experience to the School of Lost Borders. She teaches from the depth of a full and rich life with humor, vision and love.
Farion Pearce
Condor Vision Quest

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.

Fran Weinbaum
Vermont Wilderness Rites
​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.
Gabe Eyrich
New Mexico
My name is Gabe Eyrich (she/her). I live in the high desert of southwestern New Mexico, in the borderlands, at the base of the Gila Wilderness.
Geneen Marie Haugen
Animas Valley Institute
Geneen Marie Haugen is a writer, wilderness wanderer, scholar, and guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche.  She delights in offering wild questions, ceremonies, escapades and reflections to stir the imagination and expand perception of the world, perhaps shift the sense of who we are and what we’re about, and de
Jakob Ledbetter
Rite of Passage Journeys
Born and raised in Georgia, Jakob Ledbetter grew up exploring the beautiful blue ridge mountains of Southern Appalachia. Heeding the call of the Earth, Jakob embarked upon a MA in Ecopsychology at Naropa University.
Jason Geoffrion
Men's Leadership Alliance
Jason Geoffrion, PhD ~ Facilitator, Life Coach, Educator, Guide, Transition Specialist  

Jeannie Daly-Gunter, MA, PCC
The Center for Soul Actualization, Transformative Loving Institute
Jeannie Daly-Gunter is a guide, author, speaker, and relationship coach. She has been offering rites of passage and personal growth programs since 1999. She is a certified Council Trainer through the Ojai Foundation and a Certified Shadow Work facilitator as well as a Professional Certified Coach.
Jennifer J. Wilhoit
TEALarbor stories
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.
John Davis
School of Lost Borders
John has been leading nature-based rites of passage and related retreats since 1984. As a School of Lost Borders staff member, he leads retreats and trains guides.

Jonathan Kabat

Jonathan Kabat, MA, Provides psychotherapy, transformational coaching, facilitation, eco-therapy, and rites of passage processes in Northern California.
Joseph Lazenka
School of Lost Borders

Angelo Joseph Lazenka,  began guiding vision fast in 1984 and often says that the work grew him up and now he is asking it to grow him down into the rich territory of elderhood.

Joseph Rubano

Kedar S. Brown
Rites of Passage Council
North Carolina

Kedar is a licensed psychotherapist, healer, ceremonialist, intuitive, and teacher of psychological and spiritual awareness.

Kent Pearce
Condor Vision Quest
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.
Kim Allen
Wilderness Reflections

Kinde Nebeker
New Moon Rites of Passage

Kinde is fully committed to the shift in consciousness that we humans must make in order to become a sustainable species on the planet. Kinde is a wilderness rites of passage guide with a master's degree in Transpersonal Psychology/Ecopsychology from Naropa University.

Krystyna Jurzykowski
Dream Quest
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.
Larry Hobbs

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.
Laura "Wren" Brady
Rite of Passage Journeys

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Listen to Wren's music about nature, soul, and transformation here.
Lauren Bond
The River's Path

After dedicating a career and a master’s degree toward working in outdoor and  environmental education, I found there wasn’t space

Lauren Marziliano

Lauren has always had a passion for being on the land whether it be deciduous-hardwood forests, deep coniferous woods, coastal beaches, or sagebrush deserts.  After moving to Washington from the southern Appalachians, she began helping connect people to nature by leading outdoor adventure trips and teaching environmental educ

Linda Sartor
Rites of Passage
Linda has been guiding vision quests with Rites of Passage for 18 years.  She recently published a book about her work for peace and justice during the ten years following 9/11, when she traveled to Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Bahrain as a peacekeeper; and to Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan as a citizen diplomat.   It
Linda Weber
Women's Wilderness Quests
Linda has been offering psychological and spiritual counseling since 1970 and wilderness quests since 1986. She is a writer, singer/songwriter, and vision quest guide with an M.A. in psychology and women’s studies. She relies on her natural intuitive sensibilities to point people towards what they need.
Lorindra Frances

Lorindra Frances has been midwifing vision questers for 30 years in groups & individually, both teens & young adults.  For the past 20 years she has been working mostly with adults one on one.  She also pours water for mixed and woman's sweats and is the keeper of a sacred medicine pipe for over 30 years.
Marilyn Foster Hendee

My Vision Quest experience spans 3 ½ decades, during which I led vision quests and related programs, formed a vision quest company, became the founding Netkeeper of the WGC, was a vq student,  teacher and author.

Mark Lazich

Mark Lazich, M.S.: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and educator, Mark was drawn to the ‘rites of passage process’ through his personal passion for the natural world and his professional work with adults, adolescents and families.
Mark Sipowicz
Soul and Stream LLC

Mark Sipowicz loves adventure, good conversation, books and wild places. He holds an MA in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Meghan Aya Letts

North Carolina
Meghan Letts, MA, NCC, and RYT-200, is a wilderness guide for troubled youth, rites of passage facilatator, writer, mentor, and is a channel for the voice of nature.
Meredith Little Foster
School of Lost Borders
Meredith Little and her husband Steven Foster co-founded Rites of Passage Inc.
Micah Hammond


Micah began to study the four shields when she was 18 and went on her first vision fast through the School of Lost Borders. She fell in love with ceremony and assisted a fast the following summer.  It is when she mirrors stories that she feels most alive and knows this is what she has to offer her community.

Michelle Katz
Oaks Counsel

Michelle is the Founder, Creator, Facilitator and Counselor of Oaks Counsel.

Mike Beck
Grandfather Drums

Mike Beck is a retired fighter pilot, a drum maker and a wilderness rites of passage guide who lives in NW Florida where he has a small workshop on the shores of East Bay in Navarre, Fl.

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.

Nancy Jane
School of Lost Borders
Nancy is an educator, wilderness guide, and council facilitator. She began her study of wilderness rites of passage in 1981 and has been following this calling ever since.
Nancy S. Wiens
Emergence Initiatives
Nancy’s passion lies in helping others discover what it means to come alive. She is inspired by working with those committed to the growth of themselves, their families, their organizations, and the planet’s regenerativity.
Nicole Truth Walker
Rites of Awareness

Nicole founded Rites of Awareness to re-sacrilize the human experience and reconstruct man’s relationship with the planet. Nicole participated in her first Rite of Passage at age 14 and since has been awed by personal transformation through connecting with one’s truth.

Pedro McMillan
School of Lost Borders
Pedro is the father of two grown children and has been an environmentalist since childhood. He became an eco-entrepaneur 25 years ago and continues running a green business today. A veteran of many fasts since 1996 he trained and assisted with several programs at the School before stepping into the role of guide four years ago.
Peter Scanlan
Animas Valley Institute
I was formerly a Roman Catholic priest and subsequently a clinical psychologist in private practice for 32 years in Nashville, Tennessee. I trained with the Animus Valley Institute and with the School of Lost Borders as a vision quest guide and was a lead guide with the Animas Valley Institute for 17 years.
Petra Lentz-Snow
School of Lost Borders / Journeys into Healing

Vision Fast Guide for 20+ years, former Netkeeper of the WGC, School of Lost Borders Co-Director and Board member and mother of 3 children, Petra is dedicated to support meaningful Rites of Passage in the wilderness and in the urban jungle of our humanness.

Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Queer Nature / School of Lost Borders

Polly Triplat
EarthSpirit Quests/ Wilderness Reflections

Polly Triplat is a Wilderness Guide, Healing Massage Therapist, Conscious Dance Facilitator and Local Food Advocate who is passionate about creating more sustainable resilient communities where we respectfully connect to the natural world.

Rebecca Wildbear
Animas Valley Institute

Rebecca is a soul guide and lover of the wild. She compassionately assists people in listening to the mysteries that live both within their own being and within the animate natural world. Rebecca guides others in opening up their sensory bodies, engaging their dreamworld, and accessing their deep imagination.

Rhian Daniel

Rhian Daniel Ph.D. - Rhian's first experiences of human-nature unity, and it's psycho-spiritual pote

Rob Miller
Cascadia Quest
Rob Miller is the lead guide, executive director of Cascadia Quest. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change.
Robert E. Wagner
Wild Sacredness ~ The Sacred Vision Quest
Robert is a skilled vision quest guide, a gifted communicator/facilitator, and the author of booklets promoting personal growth. His inner and outer journeying began as a teenager, as an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, and through years of practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Robin (Wisdom) Brodsky M.A.

Wilderness Guide and Eco-Therapist; Visionary, Artist and Musician.
Ron Pevny
Center for Conscious Eldering
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.
Ruth Wharton
School of Lost Borders
An experienced wilderness guide, mentor, and therapist. Ruth has worked extensively with people of all ages in wilderness, residential, and therapeutic settings. She been a guide at the School of Lost Borders over 15 years and is deeply committed to re-introducing rites of passage into the world.
Ryan Van Lenning
Wild Nature Heart
Ryan Van Lenning, M.A., is an inner and outer wilderness guide and poet/writer.
Sage Abella
Heart is the Map

Sage is an Ecotherapist, artist and poet who loves to be in conversation with the natural world. She lives life in ceremony, inside the navigational wisdom of the medicine wheel and has been a fire carrier for over 10 years.

Sage Magdalene
Animas Valley Institute

Sage has a gift for hearing and reflecting the deep stories of all beings. She invites people to thresholds and opens gates between worlds. She has been an educator, artist, dancer, and gate keeper in many ecosystems. Her greatest joy is to hear and converse with the wild others: moon, spider, frog, human, river and stars.

Sara Harris
EarthWays LLC
​Sara is one of the co-founders of EarthWays,LLC, and also served on the founding board of the School of Lost Borders for 7 years.
Sarah Scott
wild hearted
My name is Sarah and I am a woman who is passionate about helping others connect to spirit and soul through intentional time spent in nature.
Scott F Davidson

Scott Davidson is a deep nature guide who cultivates an ecology of belonging through a unique weaving of wildlife tracking, tending and questing in community. As a lifelong guide, he nurtures the genius in each of us, one relationship, curiosity and threshold at a time.

Scout Tomyris
Becoming Sage

Shea Armstrong
Rite in the Wild

Shea (she/her) grew up between the Missouri River and Loess Bluffs in the territory of the Kiikaapoi Tribe, in northwest Missouri. Her ancestral lines are primarily traced to the lowlands of Scotland and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Silvia Talavera
The School of Lost Borders
Silvia Talavera has been a guide with The School of Lost Borders since 1993. She is a woman of versatility, passion, and humor, inspiring people towards self-empowerment. She brings to her work a nurturing insight, a deep compassion, a love of nature and teaches from the experience of a full life.
So Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Queer Nature / School of Lost Borders
 So Sinopoulos-Lloyd (“Faun”) is a genderqueer Greek-American who grew up in central Vermont as well as Greece.
Sparrow Hart
Quest for Vision; Circles of Air and Stone
Sparrow Hart began his deep exploration of nature and wilderness in 1971 with a 5-month solo pilgrimage through the Cascades and Canadian Rockies — and undertook his first vision quest in 1980.
Stephanie Foy
Dimensions In Healing
New Mexico

School of Lost Borders, Practice of Living and Dying, The Oak and Bone School of Belonging and Remembrance

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Trebbe Johnson
Radical Joy for Hard Times
Trebbe has spent many years tracking the bonds between myth and psyche, nature and people, beauty and sorrow.
Virginia "Gigi" Colye
School of Lost Borders, Beyond Boundaries
Gig began with a series of three-day retreats at a convent school when she was twelve, fascinated and curious what Jesus was doing fasting that that desert for 40 days.
Win Phelps
School of Lost Borders, Beyond Boundaries
Win Phelps has been a truck driver, a private eye, a Chinese Mandarin translator, a single parent of two, an Emmy-nominated TV director and a quest guide and trainer of guides for the School of Lost Borders.