Scout Tomyris

Becoming Sage
Santa Rosa
(707) 322-2658

I retired from guiding in 2013, knowing that someday I might return. When I retired, I was newly involved with leadership in the intentional community where I live. For a couple of years, it seemed like new opportunities were arising for me to guide again. I am open to co-guiding as long as my physical limitations can be accommodated. I remain active in the WGC, on the Elders Counci. I traveled by car to the 2019 Gathering on Salt Spring Island. As a long-time member of the WGC, it was exciting to attend our very first Gathering outside the US in Canada. 

My first vision quest was with Marilyn Riley and Betty Warren of Wilderness Transitions in 1995. I quested with them again the next summer during which I wrote the story "Speaks With Trees" which appeared in the Fall 1999 Vol 10 issue of Circles on the Mountain. I received so much from these quests that I wanted to become a guide, despite the fact that I was a computer professional. Now, many years and numerous quests later, I am so much more than that, even though it's still my day job. I'm also a naturalist, a writer, a cat mother, a witch, spiritual, philosophically intrigued by the mysteriy of existence, an environmentalist, a hiker, a geek and, since the pandemic, a homebody. 

I trained with Anne Stine of Wilderness Rites with her first Apprenticeship Group in 1997. I continued to apprentice with Anne for the next 3 years and co-guided a number of quests with her, including one over the change of the millineum in Death Valley. I served as a contract guide for Rites of Passage Inc from 2003 to 2013. My co-guides were most often Mike Bodkin and, on women's trips, Linda Sartor.

I had a Near Death Experience at the tail end of 2001 when an aneurysm in my brain burst. I like to say "my brain blew up." Having attended WGC Gatherings annually since 1998, I was determined to attend again in March 2002. With a personal assistant, a special room at a nearby motel and the support of my guide friends, I made the trip to Anza Borrega. Years later, in that same desert, I became Netkeeper, a position I held for 3 years.

At the tail end of 2021 it will be 20 years since my stroke. Although I have a few residual disabilities, they don't slow me down much. My long recovery from what is called an acquired brain injury, has been nothing short of remarkable thanks to persistence and all the love and care I've received.

It was in the context of vision questing that I learned about intentional community and became interested in that lifestyle. I moved to Santa Rosa Creek Commons in 2010 and 11 years later, I still call it home. 

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