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Navigation I

Navigation I

The Elements of Transformation

“The combination of Rites of Passage theory with live practice was very effective to help me grow as a mentor” – Participant


Designed for adults of all ages, genders and backgrounds who wish to participate as a mentor during one of Journeymen’s summer courses and/or pursue professional work in Rites of Passage (ROPs), youth mentoring, and/or outdoor education. This introductory-level training delivers highly impactful tools that will benefit teachers, mentors, coaches, social workers, parents and anyone else who works with/or wants to work with children, teenagers, or their peers more effectively.

Navigation I is team-facilitated by Journeymen co-founders and lead guides Nicky Wilks and Alex Craighead and returning guides Gary Waldron (Co-Leader, MKP), Woody Pollock (LMHC), and Mark Timken (Animas Valley).


DATES : Sat March 28, 2020 – 9am-5pm

VENUE : TBD – Vashon Island, WA

COST : $150

** Financial Aid Available – Contact Us

Navigation I is open to all genders and is a pre-requisite for adult participation during Journeymen’s youth Rites of Passage.


This training utilizes a combination of didactic (information-sharing) and experiential learning techniques. This entirely-outdoor experience welcomes our environment to inform and guide our flow together, and requires that each participant is prepared for north west spring weather.

Starting with enrollment, participants will be consistently invited to reflect, imagine, and share openly in a group setting. Though this experience is designed as an entry-point into our work, we ask you to prepare to explore your own boundaries in speaking openly and claiming leadership roles for yourself. We’re excited to work together.

  • Understand and experience the essential framework of a Rite of Passage (ROPs)
  • Be aware of liminal space and its application in transformational work
  • Have a basic understanding of nature-based human development
  • Be more confident and competent in your role as a mentor
  • Clearly understand the elements of safe and effective mentoring
  • Be able to recognize opportunities for mentorship in your personal and professional lives
  • Prepare yourself to mentor and/or staff on a Journeymen ROP

Become a Natural Guide

Navigation I is the first course of two along the Natural Guide’s Pathway, preparing you to hold space for initiatory experiences in nature. We welcome male-identified trainees to deepen their experience with us by enrolling in part two, Navigation II – Guiding Transformative Process, which runs May 3-5.

Navigation II is live-format, overnight training beginning at 6pm on Friday, May 3 and closing at 5pm on Sunday, May 5. It runs concurrently with Passing the Torch, our annual father & son ROP weekend. Select the option on the Registration Form below to enroll.

Enrollment for Navigation II includes on-site camping accommodations (bring your own gear). Dinner on Friday night will be potluck style, with breakfasts provided Saturday and Sunday. Lunches are on your own for both days. If you have any question about course content and/or logistics, please contact us and/or wait to receive your training packet via email.