John Davis

School of Lost Borders
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. He currently teaches transpersonal psychology, ecopsychology, and wilderness therapy there. 

A teacher of the Diamond Approach since 1983, he is the author of The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A. H. Almaas (Shambhala). He has written a number of articles and book chapters, including the entry on “Wilderness Rites of Passage” in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. The work he calls Diamond in the Rough integrates his passions for the School of Lost Borders' approach to “primitive ecopsychology” and the Diamond Approach. Married and the father of three grown children and three grandchildren, John lives outside Boulder, Colorado. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Visit his website at
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