“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949
Green Fire's mission is to create resilience through contemporary rites of passage experiences. We offer many programs, all of which are in service to facilitating young people and families soundly into the next phase of life. There are 3 primary stages to a rite of passage: severance, threshold, and incorporation. Our programs are designed to meet people at each phase of the journey.
Connection to nature--physically, emotionally and spiritually--is a practical relationship for the progress of humanity. The result of learning a reciprocal relationship to the Earth is a blossom of Green Fire in the eyes and heart.
Our name comes from a term used by a man who once believed in the eradication of predators and the control of the land and, who, through the dying eyes of a wolf he had just shot, found inspiration to live more deeply connected, humbly and with an ever-growing reverence for the land.
Our goal is keep that fire alive.