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Sacred Fire For Boys

Fall 2016 to Summer 2017; Adventure Week June 26–30

Tuition: 
$900; $450 for the Adventure Week only
Sacred Fire: Boys' Rites-of-Passage Program
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Flying Deer: Naturalist Training, Deep Connection to Nature, Self, and Others

Sacred Fire is a three-year wilderness rites-of-passage program for boys who wish to undertake a conscious journey into adolescence with the heartfelt support of family and community. The essence of this process is to create a world of deeper connection with Nature, Self, Community and Spirit.

The Sacred Fire community includes three groups of participants (Crayfish, Buckskins, and Dogwoods), program graduates (Fireboys), instructors, parents, "uncles" (mentors), and elders. First-year participants are Crayfish, second-years are Buckskins, and third-years are Dogwoods. This year, all three groups will attend all program dates.

The year includes a weekend campout in the fall, Adventure Days one Saturday a month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm throughout the school year (with the exception of January and February), family potlucks, a Mothers' Ritual, and a five-day Initiation Weekend in June. 

How can you tell if your son is ready for a rite-of-passage program? Generally speaking, 13- and 14-year olds are ready for this kind of experience. Here are some specific signs to look for:

  • His body is starting to grow fast, his voice is dropping...
  • His relationships are changing, he is feeling the awkwardness of social scenes...
  • There is tension developing in his relationships (especially at home)...
  • You are hearing him say things that make you say, "Did he just say that?!"
  • He is hungry for more freedom, feeling confined...
  • His is beginning to look for real challenges...
  • He is interested in participating in a coming-of-age rite of passage...
  • His family supports him to do so!

Payment Plan: Upon registration, you may pay full tuition of $900; half tuition of $450, followed by a second $450 payement; or one-third tuition of $300, followed by two payments of $300 each.

Download the information packet below to learn more about the origins of rites-of-passage programs, read event descriptions, and see the full schedule for the 2016-2017 year.