Rites of Passage

A rite of passage marks the transition from one life stage to another. Throughout life there can be many e.g. birth, marriage or graduation. Tides focuses on the important transition from girlhood to womanhood.


Initiation through ritual is an ancient concept that many cultures globally still celebrate. Ritual can be anything from birthdays to mid winter swims. In its simplest format a Tides rites of passage involves a separation (from the old), a challenge (or initiation), and a return (to the wider community).



The time of adolescence can be one of confusion and instability. At Tides young people have the opportunity to share their stories without judgement and with respect. We also undertake adventure experiences that can be challenging for some people and may require them to overcome personal barriers. We encourage young people to believe in their worth and recognise how their strengths can contribute positively to the world around them.


As young people move towards adulthood there can be a juggle between freedom and responsibility. Tides provides young people with the opportunity to take care of their surroundings and in this way co-create the event.


Camping together for 5 days, sharing life stories, working on projects and exploring ways to increase self-awareness and confidence makes for a cohesive community.Participants come together from all over New Zealand yet the sense of connection and family is strong after only a few days. Arriving as strangers, by the end of the week lasting friendships have been made.

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