Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the current world crises?
Do you sometimes feel that there’s no point even trying to do anything positive because it’s impossible to do it all? And whatever you do sometimes you’re actually going to contribute to the mess?
I feel like this often. I think most people do.
But I’ve discovered something so powerful that really does have the potential to change our whole community for the better.
I watched an amazing Ted talk yesterday titled “Tying the Threads of the Past to the Future” by Darcy Ottey. She talks about a village in India which had lost its cultural and community connection. They were no longer practicing the rituals which brought them together. Alcoholism, poverty, and a lack of a feeling of belonging were major issues.
And then they rebuilt their main community space. This space was for primarily for the young people, the adolescence. It was where they experienced their initiation, heard stories from their elders and developed their sense of place and belonging in their community. This transformed not just the individual youths but the whole community. They have banned alcohol, the young people want to stay and contribute instead of leaving for the cities, and one male and one female from each family in the village form a committee which makes decisions and ‘governs’ the community by consensus.
Where do our young people gather? Do they have a sense of community? Of belonging? Of place?
Generally not. And so they are lost. And our future remains uncertain while our youth do not fill their role and live their potential as part of the transformation of our community.
When we focus on the future of our children, we survive as a species.
I’m not over-exaggerating here.
We’re planning Radiant Woman: A Mother Daughter Rite of Passage Retreatwhich is happening in a few weeks. It’s exciting and powerful and will be a transformative experience for all involved – it has already brought an amazing group of women together in collaboration and has received support from many others. Don’t miss out on being part of this – CLICK HERE for more info or to book.
But this is just the beginning. Rites of Passage is a community exercise. It takes time and energy to build. The participants at Radiant Woman will go back to their homes scattered along the east coast of the country and will face the challenge that their experience of transformation from child to emerging adult may not be recognised by those in their wider community.
That’s why we’re expanding our vision to have these kinds of programs embedded into institutions. Into schools, youth centres, outdoor education camps, juvenile justice systems, everywhere.
The Global Rites of Passage Leadership Training is an amazing experience for anyone interested in bringing this work to your community. And by community that could be the community of your immediate family.
As a teacher and social worker I found that this was the missing piece in my work to inspire young people to find and play their unique passion and purpose. The training was also an amazing weekend to connect with 30 other exceptional human beings who are committed to having a positive influence on young people everywhere. I’m now a part of this beautiful community who are supporting me to bring this work into the world.
I’m so excited to be contributing to the upcoming training happening October 13-15th. Click HERE to watch this awesome video to find out what other participants have had to say.
If you’d like to know more about my experience with this training program please feel free to reply to this email and ask me any questions you have.
And if you’d like to experience a Rite of Passage first hand with your teenage daughter...