Our Resources Page offers a more in depth look at contemporary Rites of Passage, initiation, matters of the heart and soul, and the very human need for time out in Nature. They are by no means complete, this being a huge subject, but we hope you find these few inspiring and useful. We'll add new ones from time to time.
A little more from us.
Without some wildness people are impoverished. As DH Lawrence said, we are not machines, we are ecological beings, who for millions of years were at one with the natural rhythms of the seasons. Only in the last few hundred have we disconnected ourselves from Nature, enabling our industrial growth society and consumer lifestyles to expand relentlessly without conscience.
So today as our lives become faster and faster, we become ever more isolated and controlled by debt, we become vulnerable to depression, addictions, illness, dis-ease and a certain listlessness, a feeling that things are not as they should be.
All this takes a profoundly destructive toll on us and the Earth, we are in the most terrible shape, we are poor guardians, mentors and role models to ourselves, our children, and our Earth. An Earth which our children will inherit from us. Maybe the guilt and grief is what we are afraid of letting in. The need to stop, to step out and take stock becomes more important than ever before in our evolution. And it is difficult to do. We know it feels easier to continue business as usual.
Life invites us to grow, we can avoid it, deny its call, but in the end we only delude ourselves, and cause much tension, confusion and dis-ease along the way. As Dante says in Inferno,
“Midway through the journey of life, I found myself within a dark wood, for the right way had been lost.”
Paradoxically maybe we have to get lost in order to find the right way. A new way, our own way. It's a risk, and perplexing, but it does beg the question, what are you prepared to do to find out what your calling is? Maybe you know, but the mortgage needs paying etc. Maybe you find a minute here and there to do things that feed you. Maybe you're not there yet, the nagging embryonic question that has yet to take form. Maybe the knock on the door is represented in your dreams, maybe you know a threshold is at hand.
What would it take to create the conditions in your life that allow the question to take shape, and take root? What are you prepared to risk to set this in motion? And what, when on your death bed, are you going to regret not having done? Risky as it may be.
But ultimately others can only show you the threshold. Only you can step across into your uncharted territory. Only you can walk your path, alone.
Blessings. The Wilderness Imperative Team.
How many times have we found rubbish discarded in places that could only be accessible to well equipped hikers. Something is missing. We practice the seven principles of the Leave No Trace organisation on our expeditions into wild places. We are dedicated to responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of our wild places. We follow their lead as follows:
Further reading and videos. click on the title to open the document.
A paper written Roger Duncan. It describes the practice of reconnecting adolescents with nature using the wilderness experience, woodland management and the vision quest.
What is a Wilderness Rite of Passage?
A paper describing the elements of wilderness rites of passage. A goodly read.
The wonderful Meredith & Steven, founders of The School of Lost Borders.
Wilderness Imperative has endorsed and is committed to the spirit and aims of the Earth Charter