Standing Rock

We invite you all to join us in a silent day of fast and prayer in solidarity with Standing Rock and the protection of the waters

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Nature-based Rites of Passage

There is an old story that comes through the land and through humans that have lived in close relations with all of life. There are ancient ways and wisdom, ceremonies and practices grounded in the depth of these relations all over the planet. Many have been sustained for millennia, through genocide, through cultural and climatic changes, upheaval, war, renaissance, and re-awakenings. People in the present day speak of a great turning, a new story or paradigm, new ways and practices, new and self-generated ceremonies, of new culture, evolution, and spontaneous emergence. ...

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Cultural Relationships

The School of Lost Borders began offering Rites of Passage (ROP ) ceremonies in the Owens Valley/Inyo Mountains in 1982 to any and all peoples. The ceremony was and is based in our deep ongoing relations with Nature. Meredith Little and Steven Foster, the founders, came here to live with respect for those who are here and those who have gone before, and early on began a relationship with elder, Grandpa Raymond, of the Paiute Tribe. As part of that they asked his “permission” for what they intended to offer, and began the School with awareness and respect for the land ...

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Roots of Council

Below are a couple of comments from myself and other elders over the years: Many ask us about the roots of council and we first and foremost acknowledge our ancestors who gathered around the first fires sharing stories... The spirit of council is found everywhere in natural land and seascapes, in the stone circles of earth-cherishing traditions, in the ancient ruins of Greece, in the governance and circle-of-life teachings of First Nation peoples. If we stop and listen long enough we can feel it in our very own bones. We encourage each person to search and discover ...

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Beyond Boundaries in 2015

Activities, experiences, and events this year will include: the ongoing training of Beyond Boundarians; development of unique and much needed rites of passage programs; the emergence of an eco-learning community in Greece; specialized trainings for environmental leaders and organizations; key planning and participation in an Owens Valley to Los Angeles pilgrimage bringing government, corporations, enviro-activists, and First Nation peoples together around relationship to water; the continuation of essential, regenerative "New Story" practices/trainings in numerous ...

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Species-Wide Rite of Passage?

Seen through the lens of Campbell’s hero’s journey, one can say that humankind is passing through the threshold of a species-wide rite of passage. Collectively, we now face the possibility of our own death as a species, as well as the reality of irrevocable damage to the biosphere. By definition, a rite of passage must include the frightening possibility of failure — anything less would be lacking in its ability to initiate us fully. The experience will brush the initiate up against the very fibers of what she is, causing her to draw from her deepest resourc...

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Who is a Beyond Boundarian?

Someone who cares for self, others, earth... Someone who listens for how to serve the healing, the moment, the great turning, regeneration, love, truth, social justice, the best of the old/new story... Someone who practices deep listening, speaking from the heart, bearing witness, walking their talk... Someone who lives “glocal” - care for place and bioregion and all whom they are with, and who sees and relates and cares about the global community... Someone who asks what serves for next generations, who lives the questions and takes a breath and is willing ...

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First Update from Kenya

Dear Ones, We have been here in Kenya for 10 days… two in Nairobi and the rest at International Peace Initiatives (IPI) in Meru…  a mixture of hot sun, amazing non-stop monsoon type evening rain and glorious green fertile hillsides of corn and beans along with churches on every road. There are small plastic bottles of gin being consumed on the street by all ages, women carrying FIRE wood through the fields, children singing in the choir, plastic being burned and solar panels appearing along with wireless. We spent three days introducing Council to IPI staff and ...

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Home Again…

On March 16th, 2010, the Beyond Boundaries team touched down on U.S. soil after 286 days since departure.  We were welcomed by Chumash Leaders, Mati Waya and Luhui of the Wishtoyo Foundation on the grounds of an ancient Chumash village site in Malibu, a poignant and moving return for the group.  Thus began the process of incorporation and adjusting to being home. We walk with many questions: What does home mean? How will each of us go back to the familiar and go forward into the unknown? How do we live in integrity with all that we have learned and the ...

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Intergenerational Collaboration

I felt so good if I could say, ‘Well, I already knew that, that’s nothing new... I’ve heard that before.’ And then late in the 1970’s there was a strange and timely shift in this repeating need for self-confidence. I felt a deeper call to be with ones wiser than me, to be truly inspired, to be guided, to learn from what and who has come before, to be a link, a part of the bigger story. At last, I touched some genuine curiosity about others and arrived soon thereafter at The Ojai Foundation (TOF). It was while coming and going from TOF over the first 15 ...

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