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Maise's Rite of Competence

The morning was rainy, but as the guests began to arrive, the sun came out. Maise was very excited. She was donning a skirt she had made for the occasion, along with a headdress her auntie had made. We had set up a fire circle with a threshold…
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Lilliana's Rite of Competence

Greetings everyone, Last year my family attended Art of Mentoring and it was a very transformative experience.  One of the most touching moments was the ceremony that was held to send off and receive the teens on their 3 day trip to the…
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An Elder Crossing Over

Hank "Grandfather Great Blue Heron" Wolcott is crossing over into the spirit world. He served many years as an Elder at Art of Mentorings, local nature programs and traveled to distant to communities.  In his 80's he continued to travel…
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Extended Family Adoption and the Future Generations

  Since 1996, I've been mentoring youth, including this young man to my left, Luka Negoita. Occasionally I get to know the family, deeper bonds form, sometime rites of passage are facilitated and what develops is an adoption…
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Sukkot on the Farm

I had a chance to be part of a creative return to earth based wisdom in Judaism last week. Wilderness Torah, who's mission is to Awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community,…
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Wild Intelligence, Athens Georgia

here is a talk I gave last night in Athens Georgia. My good friend and adopted younger brother, Evan McGown has begun a Nature Community project called Institute for Wild Intelligence. This talk has a strong theme of what does it take to have…