Minimize barriers between
self and nature: Observe your feelings and reactions. For example,
walk barefoot, sleep under the stars, drink from a stream, eat natural
uncooked food for a while; the longer the better.
Seek out adventurous/challenging
experiences which are particularly difficult and confronting for you as an individual:
If you are leading others, help them to plan their own major challenge which will require them to
overcome significant barriers within themselves.
Create nature art
(such as mandalas) by
finding materials within the bush and building/making patterns and
structures. This helps one to become more intimate and familiar with both the
wilderness environment and the patterns within one’s psyche.
Seek out sacred place in nature and return there to spend time,
Build a relationship with
an indigenous person (hopefully from your local area) and ask them to
educate yourself and students about the meaning of the environment.
Find someone who can take you
through a Native American Indian visualisation to meet your
others to share their most meaningful experiences in nature, adventure, rites
of passage: This will give you access to some powerful knowledge and
and read about different kinds of
initiation rites and ceremonies especially in other cultures.
Discuss the ideas with others and try some of them out. With students,
talk about how rites of passionate occur in other cultures.
If receptive, students may feel drawn to create their own ceremony.
exercises, debriefs and
reviews can help to allow symbolically act out the inner feelings and growth of
students. Even better, play with some kids :)
Mini-solo experiences and
solo walks can provide even busy people with small but important moments alone in
the wilderness, and give opportunity to have profound insights.
Make the effort to see sunrises and sunsets. Star therapy
(watching the stars) is ideal for fostering cosmic consciousness.
of mortality, e.g., get directly involved in life/death struggles, whether
human, animal or plant. Becoming more aware of the cycles of life, transition
and change, will help active natural inclination towards experiencing rites of
Recount stories about your own past successful growth experiences --
this helps to
motivate and embolden motivation for current efforts at transition and change.
Bring symbolic objects, practices
and rituals into your life.
e.g., with students, use a ‘conch shell’ or ‘talking stick’, develop your own
language to describe your dream, etc.
Journey to a symbolic place
-- Journeys have a way of activating an inner process of unfolding, challenge,
Sequence challenges to follow stages of rites of passage models
such as Van Gennep's 3 stages - separation, transition, and reincorporation or
Maddern's 5 stages
Role model desired
behaviors -- by acting out and behaving as though you are already in the
new role that you seek, you help to speed up and direct the change process --
all those kids can't be wrong, they're busy playacting their futures - why
Draw a life-line:
Create a personal time-line, from birth to death, marking personal significant
events. This help
participants understand their past patterns and future visions / trajectory,
as well as their mortality.
Use goal-setting and goal-monitoring strategies
with the literature of change and inspiration - immerse yourself, put
quotes up, posters, listen to music that excites you about the process of