Men's Vision Fast
October 9th, 2019
In old cultures rites of passage were necessary in order to create an ordeal strong enough to connect to the level of soul or deep structure. Although we do not have prolific rites in our current western culture, the need for them remains as strong as ever. When do we know we have transitioned into new and major stages within our lives?
We meet out on the land to actively talk to the Earth. We bring our struggles, our simmering or boiling life transitions, our visions or desires for one out with us and cry out to the Earth to hear us. We then empty our stomachs and remain in wild solitude to listen for a response.
We will spend ten days out in the woods: 3 days of preparation, 4 days fasting and 3 days in return. The group of men that comes together often feels like a village; often strangers coming together to support each other's great life transitions. This is an opportunity to connect with others deeply and find a deep connection with the land in solitude. This is a very old and pan-cultural ceremony. It has lasted through the ages because of its' powerful capacity to hold a person in their tender depths and bring them back into union with the earth in a visceral way.
Green Fire Collaborative creates the village as best we can. In order for rites to be effective, the initiate has to return to people; a community that has the capacity to recognize the change. We are a growing community of witnesses and participants.
If you are interested in this journey, or want to know more about it please contact Jared at:
The Guide Team
If you were exchanged in the cradle and
your real mother died
without ever telling the story
then no one knows your name,
and somewhere in the world
your father is lost and needs you
but you are far away.
He can never find
how true you are, how ready.
When the great wind comes
and the robberies of the rain
you stand on the corner shivering.
The people who go by–
you wonder at their calm.
They miss the whisper that runs
any day in your mind,
“Who are you really, wanderer?”–
and the answer you have to give
no matter how dark and cold
the world around you is:
“Maybe I’m a king.”
'A Story That Could Be True'
Larry Hobbs, M.A.: From a field biologist studying whales and dolphins, to a psychotherapist working with individual and family systems, to a teacher and naturalist leading wildlife trips worldwide, to years of Rites of Passage training and guiding at the School of Lost Borders, including many years of leading the School’s annual Men’s Fast. He also started a men’s group in Seattle that has been meeting weekly for 34 years. Although still teaching and leading natural history trips around the world and writing and lecturing about human sustainability on this planet, much of Larry’s passion rests in guiding Vision Fasts/Rites of Passage and in sharing his knowledge of the ways we interrelate with and understand the natural world of which we are all an integral part. Larry is a father and grandfather.
Patrick is the co-founder and a rite guide for Green Fire Collaborative. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he began his career in the therapeutic field over a decade ago as a wilderness therapy guide in Central Oregon. He has extensive experience working with individuals and families in dynamic settings including residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy, and in private practice. He has training in somatic psychology, multiple therapeutic modalities, depth psychotherapy, and experiential therapies. Patrick is passionate about wilderness-based rites of passage experiences for adolescents and adults and received his training at the School of Lost Borders. During this time he was able to develop an understanding of the power of the natural world to restore wholeness to people at a holistic level. Patrick's initiation to the human services and wilderness field was through his own journey as an at-risk young person and has been clean and sober for over 10 years.
Jared is the co-founder and director of Green Fire Collaborative. He is a counselor, story teller, group leader and aspiring writer. He once spent two years in a yurt in a forest solitude under the guidance of a healer. He mapped the contours of his grief and inner waste lands to discover a sense of growing freedom by deepening his relationship with the Earth through inspired practices. Jared finds the written word, done with heart, as a sufficient gift back to the Earth for all the food and inspiration. He has worked with youth and adults in many styles of healing conversation: counseling, coaching, case working & guiding. Jared believes sincerely that: rites of passage cannot be divided from a community to embrace them. Otherwise they can lose their meaning and fall into dimness. He takes people out to fast because he has done so himself for many years and believes in it as a powerful opportunity for healing and growth. He lives with his fiancee, Ashley and their two dogs on the land where he takes people out on ceremony.