Aug
12
to Aug 25

Queer Mountain Quest

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An epic journey into nature, self, truth, and community for LGBTQ2IA+ youth ages 13-18

Rite of Passage Journeys has answered a community call to provide meaningful rites of passage for queer* youth in an inclusive, safe and healing way. On this two-week nature-based adventure, participants will find support, challenge, and mentoring along their unique journeys from adolescence to adulthood, offering rich opportunities to deepen into their queer identities, come together in queer community and build enduring relationships with nature and self. Through both facilitated and self-led explorations, youth will discover inner resources that allow them to claim their identities and particular gifts to offer the world.

The first week centers around a backpacking journey through the mountains (Klallam Land / Olympic National Park, WA), where participants will learn outdoor skills and work together to form a solid group culture. Old-growth forests of cedar and fir and star-studded skies will help form the container for the youth to begin to drop into their individual intentions while supported by queer peers and mentors. After a day of hiking or meandering in an alpine meadow, participants will gather by fire in talking circles to explore their deeper questions of Self and World, and bear witness to others’ stories.

In the second week, participants will enter the coastal section (Quileute Land) and traverse along wild beaches, forests, and headlands along the Pacific Ocean. These powerful places will partner with youth to support them in courageously stepping into their 48-hour solo vigils. Vigils are offered as an opportunity for youth to be fully with themselves, to consider their unique callings and receive guidance from the wild world. Afterwards, youth will engage in mindful integration of their newfound skills and visions. Participants will return to base camp in celebration of their journey and learnings, greeted by family, friends, mentors and community.

Cost: Please inquire about our sliding scale fee. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

Gear: Additional resources and gear loans are available.

*We acknowledge that the word “queer” has been used in the past as a derogatory term and is still hurtful to some in the LGBTQIA+ community. Many LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals have reclaimed the word “queer” as an empowering and uniting expression of the many complex identities within the community. Here, we use “queer” as an inclusive term and an uplifting declaration. 

Outcomes:

  • Increased self-confidence and reclaiming of inner strength
  • Increased sense of belonging in the human and natural world
  • Insight into nature as a queer ancestor
  • Insight into queer futurism, hope and resiliency
  • Understanding and honoring of intersectionality within queer communities
  • Increased leadership and teamwork skills
  • Increased ability to listen to intuition
  • Improved physical strength and personal resolve
  • Knowledge of natural history of Northwest terrain
  • Increased knowledge of low-impact camping techniques
  • Understanding of a healthful path to queer adulthood
  • Completion of a transformative rite of passage   

For more information: http://riteofpassagejourneys.org/wilderness-programs/ages-14-18/queer-mountain-quest

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Jul
19
to Jul 21

Queer Scoutcraft: Belonging as Resistance

July 19–21 (overnight) || 5 pm Thursday–2 pm Saturday
Dicentra Farm & Sanctuary || Monmouth, OR
$150–$200 sliding scale || Space is limited

“Scoutcraft” refers to means of blending into your surroundings, going unnoticed, and collecting strategic information about your environment. A diverse set of skills fall under this umbrella, such as camouflage, concealment, stealth, evasion, and tracking/counter-tracking. The role of “scout” has been essential to the resilience and thriving of many land-based peoples, from the shepherds of the Mediterranean and Middle East to the Apache scouts whose tactics were appropriated by the U.S. military. These skills may be commonly associated with military and hunting cultures and so may feel inaccessible to womxn and queer people. However, such skills don’t have to be about being an aggressor or predator; they can derive from truly knowing how to belong, and from the quiet power of the witness. You can practice these skills in order to reduce your impact in natural settings, which will help you become a better naturalist and become more aware of your non-human kin. You can also practice scoutcraft to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in times of threat or danger, or simply to feel more grounded and resourced wherever you are.

QueerScouts

As queer folks engaging in this craft, we have many reasons for already being used to “taking a step back” and assessing our prospective safety, resources, and threats when we enter social and public spaces. This disposition to hyperawareness of our social and political environment can be beautifully leveraged in the arts and sciences of scouting. In this two-night/two-day immersion, our intention is to facilitate inquiry into these skills in a compassionate, inclusive, culturally humble, oftentimes silly, and empowering manner in a secluded natural setting.

• Understanding of how to move quietly and reduce your energetic impact
• Basics of camouflage and concealment
• Strengthening intuition and situational awareness
• How to utilize these skills in service to deeper nature connection and co-liberation
• Awareness practices and games

To register: http://www.rewildportland.com/queer-scoutcraft-belonging-as-resistance/

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Queer Grief Ritual

An invitation to drop into the landscape of our grief as it lives in our queer bodies. An opportunity to be surrounded by fellow queers as we create a space together where we can unburden the parts of ourselves that sorely need ritual and community to heal. White settler culture generally conditions us to grieve alone, and as queers, we tend to be even more susceptible to isolation.

An innate ancestral skill, this ritual invites us to drop into the primal intelligence of our emotional bodies through song, shrine-making and rhythm. Thanks and praise to the Dagara people, specifically Dr. Malidoma Somé (as well as beloved recent ancestor Sobonfu Somé), who have taken action to help correct some of the deep illnesses and imbalances of this country through sharing their wisdom and rituals with us. For more information about Malidoma and how he came to share and teach his traditions here on Turtle Island, please visit malidoma.com and check out his offerings and books.

Join us for a day among the ponderosa pines in the foothills of Boulder for Queer Nature’s version of the Dagara grief ritual, as taught to queer leader, Wendy Kaas, by Dagara mentor and elder, Dr. Malidoma Some.

Due to the nature of this ritual, one must commit to the entire time to co-create this container. Please, make sure you are able to promptly arrive on time and be able to stay until the end so that we build a strong container together.

Location will be disclosed upon registration. Click here to register!

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