Rites of Passage at Camp Warwa

Camp Warwa is honored to offer rites of passage to our staff and alumni.  This is a path that features solitary period of fasting in nature, over different lengths of hours and days.  The emphasis of these experiences is on learning who you are, through the context of the natural world.  At Camp Warwa we believe in personal growth, community service and connection to the natural world.  Rites of passage have been a part of the Camp Warwa community for many years and we are thankful to our elders who have passed on these teachings and that we can pass these teachings onto others.

The 24 Hour Solo

Going on solitary experiences in nature is an important part of Camp Warwa culture.  Many of our staff go out on 24 hour solos during their time at camp to learn about themselves and how they can better serve the camp community.

The 24 Hour Solo will be held at Camp Warwa on July 28 & 29 2018.  Interested Participants and Supporters must contact camp to express their interest to Participate or Support by July 22.  Current Camp Warwa staff need to connect with a Camp Coordinator to express their interest.  Alumni can contact Gerrit at gerrit@campwarwa.org.  Inital interest can be expressed via email, with time set up to have a conversation in person or over the phone prior to the Solo.

Participants will be guided to prepare to spend 24 hours in solitary contemplation and awareness.  No previous experience is needed to be a Participant.

Supporters are any interested individuals who wish to support the participants and those guiding the experience.  This would involve helping with logistics such as firewood, meal preperation and other tasks.  No previous experience is needed to be a Supporter.

The Vision Quest

Because of these experiences that our staff have we feel it is important to offer them the opportunity to participate in a full Vision Quest should they have the desire to do so.

Each year, Camp Warwa holds the space for a Vision Quest for our staff and staff alumni.  All participants must be eighteen years old and must go through a preparation process prior to going out on the four day quest experience.  The preparation process, as well as the quest experience, is facilitated by our experienced Vision Quest Guides.

The preparation process begins on May 9 2018 and the quest experience runs from Aug 26 - Aug 31 2018.  Anyone who is interested in participating in the 2018 Vision Quest must contact our Executive Director, Gerrit Leewes, prior to May 4 2018.  You will then be orientated to the experience and given next steps.  You can contact Gerrit at 780-892-3648 or email gerrit@campwarwa.org

If you find yourself interested in the Vision Quest and are wondering if it is the right step for you, the answer is "yes".  Take the step to contact Gerrit and begin the process.  Rites of passage like the Vision Quest are the birthright of all people.  If you are a Camp Warwa staff  or staff alumni and are drawn to this path, take the step.

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