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    Each rite of passage event brings together a diverse community of Rites of Passage facilitators, supporting adults, young leaders and new boys/girls – approximately 40 people in total. The focus is on creating a safe, educational, powerful, memorable, moving and transformative experience for the new young adolescents going through their rite of passage.

    Many societies around the world, both ancient and modern, recognise the transition from child to adult and hold a ceremony and celebration – the ‘initiation’ or ‘rite of passage’. Research shows that when the community creates a conscious rite of passage, adolescents realise more clearly how their strengths and attributes can contribute to the wellbeing of their community, as well as to their own future. This not only helps them to be happy, stable and more able to lead positive and fulfilling lives, but the potential for social improvement is enormous.

    A Rite of Passage Event is designed in two parts, with two possible levels of learning for young adults. When a boy/girl first comes to a Rite of Passage Event he/she arrives as a new boy/girl and leaves as a new young adult: this is their rite of passage. They may then be invited to return as a young leader. We strongly encourage you to think of the process as not just one rite of passage, but as two stages: the second being learning about the qualities of leadership and service. Experience has shown us that a return to the programme in a service role adds significantly to the degree of transformation from boy/girl to responsible young adult.

    The five days of our Rites of Passage follow five main themes:

    1. Separation from Family and Community
    2. Building our Community
    3. Transition & Challenge
    4. Celebration & Assimilation
    5. Incorporation, return to family and community


    This is a powerful programme for any adult with an interest in rites of passage, transition and the stages of life, whether in relation to him/her self, his family or their community. If you choose, this is also the way to become more involved with the facilitation of our programmes and to begin to learn how to formulate Rites of Passage effectively for modern boys/girls and young adults. You can make a difference just as you are: your doubts, anxieties and concerns are all the stuff of living, modern adulthood.


    Returning young adults, or ‘Young Leaders’, play one of the most important roles within the community on a Rite of Passage Event. They are the closest in age, experience and culture to the new boys/girls and offer them a unique form of reassurance, role modelling and support as peers. Each new boy/girl has their own Young Leader assigned to him/her at the beginning of the event. Young Leaders are looked up to by the new boys/girls and cherished by the adults. Their presence and leadership is a vital part of each rite of passage.

    At a Rite of Passage event a boy/girl takes their first steps on the long road to healthy adulthood. It is a peak experience and it’s highly beneficial to reconnect with that experience and the men’s/women's community, after a period of integration.

    Being a Young Leader helps deepen the experience started by the initial rite of passage and constitutes the second half of the rite of passage process. Taking on a leadership and service role enables a young adult to incorporate their new knowledge, skills and understanding and begin to explore their new freedoms and responsibilities in relation to their community.

    Our regional communities’ vision is to further extend and broaden the opportunities for Young Leaders to encourage teamwork, provide time to foster relationships and develop the sense of belonging, and continue mentoring, support and coaching.


    A new weekend for 8 - 10 year old boys and their dads OR 9-11 year old girls and their mothers. Camping with your child, playing games, laughing and having fun together with other children and parents, open fires, stars and stories. Precious undistracted time to revel in the joy and exuberance of - Your child, being a child with you.......