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Amos Clifford
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs
California

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
Texas
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.
Washington
Ann Linnea of PeerSpirit is a wilderness guide with four decades of experience.
Anna Coffman
Journey Home
Oregon
Anna Coffman is a 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
Washington
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
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
Betsy Perluss
School of Lost Borders
California
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.
Bill Plotkin
Animas Valley Institute
Colorado

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

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.

Bryan Bieniek
Sourcing The Fire

Bryan is a teacher, artist, mentor, and Wilderness Rites of Passage guide.
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.

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
Colorado
Carolyn Ringo is a Deep Self Care coach and an experienced guide in your process of transition and transformation.
Cate Burnett
Wild Women Soul Adventures
Washington

Cate has a deep and soulful connection to wild places and all those who live there. She is a naturalist, tracker and wilderness guide, having spent over 25 years leading expeditions in the PNW and Hawaii.

Cazeaux Nordstrum
School of Lost Borders

​Cazeaux Nordstrum is a licensed psychotherapist, consultant and educator.  Her Bay Area based practice focuses on adults in mid-life and older life, and the meaning of life in its second half.  During the last 30 years she has taught cross-cultural and inter-generational programs on the topics of aging,
Christina Baldwin
PeerSpirit, Inc., Life & Leadership through Circle, Quest, & Story
Washington
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
Colorado

Chuck Hancock, M.Ed.,

Clif Weldon & Maria Bucaro

California
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.

Corinna Stoeffl
Being in Awareness
New Mexico
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

California
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
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 in

Deborah Greene-Jacobi
EarthWaysLLC
California
Deborah Greene-Jacobi, MS, has been an educational therapist, teacher and mentor of youth and adults for over 30 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
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.

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.
Galaxy Earth Dancer, PhD
Owl & Hawk Passages, Rites of Awareness, The Way of Nature
Colorado
Since my first Vision Fast in 2007, I have been passionate about bringing others into deep communion with nature. With Nature as mirror and teacher, we can go into the wilderness for short or long periods of time for respite, healing, deep self-awareness, vision, and to spark our innate creativity.
Geneen Marie Haugen
Animas Valley Institute
Colorado
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
Jason Geoffrion
Men's Leadership Alliance
Colorado
Jason is dedicated to bringing ceremony and ritual back into regular community practice, building inter-generational bridges, engendering collaboration between the masculine and feminine, developing local and worldwide networks of support for holistic integration of the soul’s emergence in the service of empowering initiatives that p
Jeannie Gunter, MA, PCC
The Center for Soul Actualization
Colorado
Jeannie 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
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.
John Davis
School of Lost Borders
Colorado
John has been leading wilderness rites of passage retreats since 1984. As a School of Lost Borders staff member, he leads vision fasts and other wilderness-based retreats and trains rites of passage guides. As a professor at Naropa University for many years, he directed the MA programs in ecopsychology and transpersonal psychology.
Jonathan Kabat

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

A vision fast guide and trainer since 1984, Joseph joined the Staff of the School in 1993 and and since then, using a variety of tiles like: Guide, Teacher,Director, President , and Board Member, has offered himself to the  ever evolving work of the school.

Joseph Rubano

California
Kedar S. Brown

North Carolina

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

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.
Kinde Nebeker
New Moon Rites of Passage
Utah

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
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.
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.
Lauren Marziliano
WSU 4-H
Idaho

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
California
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
Lorindra Frances

California
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

Washington
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
Colorado

Mark Sipowicz loves adventure, good conversation, books and wild places. He holds an MA in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a Jungian Wilderness Guide. All of his work with psyche and nature fall under the title of Soul and Stream.

Meghan Aya Letts

Pennsylvania
Meghan is a Certified Transformation Wilderness Guide, tracker, mentor, and registered yoga instructor.
Meredith Little Foster
School of Lost Borders
California
Meredith Little and her husband Steven Foster co-founded Rites of Passage Inc.
Micah Hammond

California

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
California

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

Mike Beck
Grandfather Drums
Florida

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
Colorado
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 leads youth and adult vision fasts and has pioneered wilderness rites of passage in school settings.
Nancy S. Wiens
Emergence Initiatives
California
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
California

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
Missouri
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
Tennessee
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
California

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
Colorado

Polly Triplat
EarthSpirit Quests/ Wilderness Reflections
California

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
Colorado

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
Heal-Transition-Transform
California

Rhian Daniel PhDc - Rhian's first experiences of human-nature unity, and it's psycho-spiritual potential,

Rob Miller

Oregon
Rob has been leading vision quests and other wilderness sacred medicine journeys since 2010.  A musician and composer in early adulthood, he is now guides wilderness rites of passage for adults and young men, is a wildcrafter, ceremonialist, primitive skills teacher, event organizer, cultural creative, and council leader.
Robert E. Wagner
Wild Sacredness ~ The Sacred Vision Quest
Oregon
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.
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.
Ruth Wharton
School of Lost Borders
Colorado
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.
Sage Abella
Heart is the Map
California

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
Colorado

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
California
​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
California
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
DeepNatureGuides.com
California

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
California


Currently retired from guiding, I continue to be an active member via the Elders Council.

Shea Armstrong
Rite in the Wild
Florida

Shea is the founder of Rite in the Wild, a nature-based path for healing and transition.  As a wilderness guide, she holds heartfelt space for transformation to occur so that we may inhabit a world of empowered people, caring for each other and our planet from a place of wholeness an

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.
So Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Queer Nature / School of Lost Borders
Colorado
 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
Vermont
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
Vermont

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.
Trebbe Johnson
Radical Joy for Hard Times and Vision Arrow
Pennsylvania
Trebbe has spent many years tracking the bonds between myth and psyche, nature and people, beauty and sorrow. She founded Vision Arrow in 1997 to offer programs worldwide that combine the quest for meaning and the discovery of wisdom and insight in nature.
Virginia "Gigi" Colye
School of Lost Borders, Beyond Boundaries
California
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
California
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.