Rites of Passage

A Rite of Passage is a ceremony that marks a transition in life. It can be one of the obvious ones like becoming an adult, getting married or retirement, or it can be a more hidden one like a a personal change.

Each Rite of Passage has three phases:

  • Severance (an ending, letting go)
  • Threshold (the initiation)
  • Incorporation (the new beginning, living what was marked)

Today, in our societies, we have no Rites of Passage. We have celebrations marking transitions like graduation from schools or marriage. Life may initiate us with endings and, at times, a challenge. 

Yet as humans, we have an instinctive need for initiation. The loss of Rites of Passage as a meaningful initiation has led to modern and often unhealthy ways to self-initiate like drinking, using drugs or risky behaviors. One of the healthier ones that I see is getting a tattoo. It involves pain and you end up with a visible sign denoting the new phase in the life.

A Rite of Passage marks a transition in one's life. For indigenous people, with most events,  there is also an aspect that serves the community as a whole. What one received is brought back for the benefit of the community. During the Threshold time, we deepen the way we see and relate to the world, no matter what transition we are marking. With the world being in a collective Rite of Passage, a major transition, whoever undertakes a personal one is, at the same time, contributing to the whole. What if the intention is simply contributing to the change we are in by having clarity and vision for the 'new world'?

I offer a modified version for people with physical challenges, be it not able to fast, be it wheelchair bound, be it having a limited ability to walk or hike. This includes zoom meetings for the severance and incorporation portions. Together we decide what will serve as an initiatory challenge for your personal situation and how I can best support you during the threshold time. This is personal time, as much as possible by yourself, in nature, (your backyard, a park or somewhere else) a place of your choice where you go to for some time, be it for a few hours or from dawn to dusk.

The number of zoom meetings varies with the size of the group. I will work one on one and up to a  maximum of 6 people. The length of each zoom meeting is about 2 hours. There are roughly 3 before and 3 after the threshold time - preparation and incorporation.

In addition, I offer an incorporation support group in my online community that you can join without charge. This group is a place to just check in, get inspiration and support to live what you brought back from your time in nature.

If you have any questions contact me.

To apply, please send me an email (corinna at beinginawareness.com) answering the following two questions:

What are you marking?

What is your intention for your participation in a Rite of Passage?

I will get back to you and either let you know if there is an upcoming date or set one together with you.

The tuition for the program is:

Investment in You: $ 1200