Honoring life’s natural transitions with rites of passage - largely absent in our culture - is a casualty of modernity with tragic consequences. In this intimate memoir, Meredith Little, co-founder of The School of Lost Borders with her late husband Steven Foster, shares the stories of the school’s founding, “the love for wild nature and an unflinching courage to turn into the heat of natural life transitions - birth and death, love and loss.” With the wisdom of decades of leading inquiry, vision quests and ceremony on the land, Meredith shares the power of modern day rites of passage and the gifts of crossing these thresholds. This event is about opening your heart inwards and outwards, to seek your deepest presence with self and others, and how to listen for what your soul is yearning for.
“People on a vision fast tend to have experiences
of feeling called by who they yearn to be, to live
that yearning, to grow into it."
— Meredith Little
In this special 60-minute event you’ll:
- Discover the connection between lost rites of passage and the loss of purpose and meaning in modern life.
- Explore the healing power of listening deeply with caring - to your inner voice, and to others.
- Learn how wilderness quests and vision fasts cultivate self-trust, responsibility, and understanding about one's unique place within society and the natural world.
- Sharing compelling episodes from wilderness rights of passage experiences, she’ll show us how we are always storying and myth-ing ourselves into being.
- Hear about the upcoming two-session Book Club with Meredith Little, which she will personally host on Thursday, June 27 & July 11 at 5:30pm PST. We’ll be discussing Meredith’s book, The School of Lost Borders: A Love Story.
Praise for Meredith Little
“In the true spirit of Lost Borders, this gem of a book is like the desert from which it was birthed – unassuming and real, unembellished and spacious. These pages allow one to breathe in deeply and slowly, to take in the simple brilliance of the story and return it to the world fully inspired. In other words, while this book is basically a memoir, it is also a story that continues to create itself, in those who have been touched by Steven and Meredith – directly or indirectly – and in the work to which they dedicated their lives. A good story never dies, especially when carried forward in love.”
— Dr. Betsy Perluss, Director of Education and Outreach, The School of Lost Borders
“We began way back when, in the days when revolution was in the air, when rock and roll was filled with protest and the young were sticking flowers in the gun barrels of National Guardsmen. Even then, the answer to the dilemma of culture was clear: True revolution would never come about until the children remembered the way to get to adulthood – and the adults to true elderhood – and the elders to honorable death. And none of this would ever come to pass unless I learned the ancient art of birthing myself, and, by definition, others of my species, through rites of passage in wild nature, our true mother home.”
— Dr. Steven Foster, Co-founder, The School of Lost Borders
About Meredith Little
Meredith Little and her husband Steven Foster co-founded “Rites of Passages Inc.” in 1976 and the “School of Lost Borders” in 1981, which paved the way for new methods of pan-cultural rites of passage in the wilderness and created innovative methods in “field eco-therapy.” Meredith dedicates her life to bringing back significant and culturally appropriate rites of passage for all people. These rites, which are intimately linked with the natural cycles of living and dying, are essential for a healthy life and a healthy world. She also devotes herself to the task of helping people reconnect with the deep roots of their own nature, which are reflected in the wisdom of the land around them. She is passionately committed to the diversity of life, to human nature, to the voice of ritual, and to the healing powers of community.
* ”Mythopoetic identity” is a phrase coined by Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen to refer to the way a human comes to consciously understand their soul, namely through metaphor.”