We’re restoring a more ancestral way men come together. To gather around the fire, to adventure into forest, restore a sense of play, to listen into the mythic stories and dialogue as we lean into the deeper invitations our life is offering us.
A wilderness “Rite” is a carefully crafted experience that reawaken a kind of aliveness… a kind of remembrance of our Deep Self that enables us to make the shift from the weight of life to the vitality of being dreamt.
These Wilderness Rites are immeasurably ancient and a way our ancestors tuned their hearts to the deeper emanations within them. It’s a way they found their center.
We draw from the teachings of Wolves who learn through play, games, adventure, as well as time for council and ritual.
It's a way of remembering how we're connected to that greater undomesticated presence that's only experienced in the wild.
For some, these yearnings are almost too painful to contemplate… for others it’s been so long we’ve forgotten how to connect. There’s grief here and a longing to bridge the gap.
These monthly Wilderness Rites are a return to the ancestral ways of routinely coming close-in and tending to the wild terrain within us as we breathe in the forest and are touched by that wild domain only wilderness can offer us.
We gather around the council fire... we adventure amongst wilderness.. You reconnect with yourself and the experience of being alive.
The What & How
In this monthly wilderness outings we weave together adventure, nature skills, mythic storytelling and dialogue, ritual and carefully crafted experiences to bring you into direct contact with the Deep Self and your connection to life.
We meet at our base camp along Lake Wenatchee or other wilderness area where we gather around the fire.
We begin in the traditional ways with drumming and movement to brush off the road dust of life.
We then journey into wilderness where we follow the animal trails and through games, alone time and themed adventures we come into direct experience with the mythic themes and archetypal presence in our life.
We trail what are called the “unteachable learnings” which are those learnings that only come available to you through the direct experience within nature who’s ever revealing hidden teachings.
It's shared, there are some teachings that will only ever be known to you and the mountain. We're merely crafting the experiences, stories and conversations so you encounter them.
We offer two locations.
1. For the Tacoma/Seattle area we meet in Carbon Glacial entrance of Mt Rainier.
2. For Portland/Vancouver area we meet in Oxbow Regional State Park
Tacoma/Seattle Nov 10th 10am to 2pm
Portland/Vancouver Nov 18th 10am to 2pm
What to wear & bring:
We'll be maneuvering off trail, through ancient ferns, across moss covered logs, alongside rivers and through a variety of vegetation.
Wear clothes you like to get dirty in and can get wet in. Bring a pack and ensure you have rain pants/jacket, insulators, or change into warm clothes. You want to wear clothes you're comfortably moving in and one's you'll be warm while we sit and practice sense meditations on the forest floor. So bring layers.
Your Own Lunch
Water bottle (with water in it)
Three days worth of food in case you get lost (just kidding) I'll know where you are. :)
HOW TO SIGN UP
Email us at Learning@TreeOfTotems.com Let us know you're interested in the Men's Wildy Gathering and why you'd like to attend. We'll then schedule a 20 minute phone call to connect with you and ensure this is the right experience for you. This is an invite only class.
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE: ONLY 8 PARTICIPANTS.
About Your Host
Your host, Chivito (Chee-Vee-Toe) is a Wilderness First Aide Responder, has been guiding others in Ayurveda and Shamanic journeys for over 13 years. He’s a professional wilderness guide and teaches primitive survival skills for at-risks youth and guides both youth and adults through wilderness rites of passages… guiding 8 to 24 day immersion in the backcountry of Colorado Rocky Mountains, Utah Deserts and the Olympic & Cascade Mountains of WA.
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The wilderness vigil is something immeasurably ancient, and the way our ancestors tuned their ear to the furry emanations of the living earth.
The wilderness vigil is a moment when the grinding of your ambitions and your griefs settle into the ground of something far deeper. This is always the place we have gone to mark transition – from one stage of life to another. Tribal folk have always known it was where you go to die and get born. A place where big questions get asked, things bend their heads to die and green shoots spring up.