A Gathering of the Tribe (by invitation)
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
“The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.” ~Hopi Prophecy
More than ever before, our world is in need of healthy rites of passage for today’s young people transitioning into adulthood. Every day we’re bombarded with new headlines reminding us how youth are not being “initiated” and ritually welcomed into community. Join us for a special gathering of the youth rites of passage community to connect, collaborate, and expand our collective impact to address the urgent need for the world to wake up to this crisis and to this opportunity to make a difference.
WHO – By invitation only, 40 to 60 rites of passage professionals, guides, funders, experiential learning and alternative educators, and community leaders of wide-ranging backgrounds. We are inviting participants to attend this gathering with a mentee. If you are interested, and have NOT received an invitation, please contact Judy ASAP at 805-646-8343, ext. 111.
WHEN – Thursday, April 25 at 5pm until Sunday, April 28 at 4pm (Arrival time between 2 pm and 4 pm, with Land Walk at 4 pm)
WHERE – The Ojai Foundation, Ojai, California
(2-3 hours from Los Angeles Intl Airport; closer to Burbank and Santa Barbara airports)
The Ojai Foundation has long been a place that has supported rites of passage for young people, currently serving 1,200 youth a year. Learn more about the Ojai Foundation and their rites of passage programs here. www.ojaifoundation.org
WHAT - Through a mix of council, TED-style talks, breakout sessions, ritual, ceremony, performance, and celebration, this gathering will allow participants to engage in:
Community Building & Networking – Cultivating relationships with dynamic leaders and practitioners within the field of youth rites of passage, and implementing a strategy for visitation of different programs and processes.
Learning & Conversation – Sharing best practices, knowledge, and resources, and engaging in rich conversations pertaining to the work and field.
Collaboration & Co-Creation – Supporting individual and group collaboration, and working to further develop the field of youth rites of passage.
Transformation & Renewal – Engaging in transformative processes and personal renewal so we can continue to serve our youth and communities.
Honoring & Acknowledgment – Each of us is part of a lineage. We want to acknowledge our own individual mentors who brought us on this path as well as the elders and path makers in the field of modern day ROP as a whole.
Two specific projects that will be front & center at this convening:
Rites of Passage Film – Frederick is making what he hopes will be the definitive film on the need for teen initiations. The film trailer is here . The film is designed to be only one small part of a greater movement to raise awareness and spur teen initiations. We’ll discuss what part each of us can play in bringing this project to fruition and to tens of thousands of eventual end-users.
Youth Rites of Passage Umbrella Org – Founding a support structure for all ROP organizations to work on standards and accreditation, funding, info dissemination, a clearinghouse website(s), and more.
COST – sliding scale of $200-$350 (includes food); lodging is extra and depends on options detailed below.
We do not yet have the ability to provide scholarships for participants, though it is our intention to raise funds to support those in need. Please apply ASAP and even better, help us to raise the funds by sharing this and asking your community for support.
REGISTER HERE FOR THE RITES OF PASSAGE SUMMIT.
PAY YOUR REGISTRATION FEE BY CLICKING HERE.
Even if you are waiting to hear re: scholarship funds, you must register. Please register for lodging with the accommodations link below to secure your place. The lodging fee is non-refundable, and speaks to your commitment to be present at the Summit. This event will sell out so please sign up early. First come, first served.
LODGING – Space is limited. Reserve early.Discounted rates are offered by The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary to support the work of Rites of Passage guides. You secure your place for the Summit with full payment for your lodging. This is non-refundable.
Three nights’ lodging options (includes Thursday through Saturday night):
$240 for private yurt or dome, double occupancy
$90 for shared occupancy hermitage, including sleeping pad, up to four or five in a space
$45 for shared occupancy in dome or yurt, bring your own sleeping pad, up to ten in a space
$30 for camping in own tent
If you have further questions or would like to support the organizing of this gathering, contact Frederick Marx at email@example.com . Contact Judy Piazza at The Ojai Foundation to ask any site-related questions at 805-646-8343, ext. 111.
In service & partnership,
Darcy Ottey, Frederick Marx, Gigi Coyle, Joshua Gorman, and Judy Piazza