origins - young woman nature

Remembering our place in the family of all beings

For aspiring young adults ages 16 – 20

Origins is a rite of passage experience for youth of all genders that cultivates a deep sense of belonging in our world. Held in the expanse of wild nature, participants will be guided through some of life’s most elusive and significant questions, such as:

~ Who are you, and who are you becoming?

~ Where do you come from, and where are you going?

~ What are your core values? What do you, and will you, stand for?

~ How would you like to be now, and through this next stage of your life?

A rite of passage is a symbolic and meaningful marking – signifying a new beginning, or “origin”, as well as an end – in this case, closing the chapter of childhood, and affirming ourselves in a rapidly changing world.

Across our 9 day immersive experience together, and in the year that follows, intentional space will be dedicated to the elements and processes that emerge organically in these transitions, namely, excitement, inspiration, grief, fear and anxiety.

Discover your origin. Define your future




LOCATION: Vashon Island & Beyond, WA

COST: $1500 – $2500 (Sliding Scale ) *



“The experience was completely life changing – actually 100% life changing. I haven’t felt this good. Ever.”

– Youth

“There really are no words that do justice to how much gratitude I have for Journeymen to be a part of my son’s life – thank you – never underestimate the impact you are making in so many lives.”

– Parent

“The Quest showed me how to love myself and to trust what I was doing in life.”

– Youth

This life-changing experience will help youth:
  • Identify and claim their core values and unique gifts

  • Feel a grounded sense of self and place in the world

  • Gain clarity in the direction of their life

  • Build meaningful intergenerational relationships
  • Increase self-esteem through positive, growth-oriented activities

  • Learn and refine key life skills in relationship and communication

  • Deepen their connection with nature


Do You Hear the Call?

Who It's For

Designed for aspiring young adults (16+) ready to mark their transition into the next stage of their lives, this initiatory experience provides the raw material for true transformation. Far from a typical summer camp, this journey begins with 9 days in wild nature and includes intentional time, space and process that support the passage to authentic being and doing – identity, and purpose.


What is a Rite of Passage (ROP)?2019-12-23T20:24:22-08:00

A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births and Beginnings, Initiations, Partnerings, and Endings or Death). There are many passages in our lives we can choose to mark and celebrate.

What if we don’t have any camping gear?2019-12-23T19:59:10-08:00

Not a problem! We do our best to accommodate each family’s needs and, with enough notice,can try to find any items that you might need for the experience. We have also teamed up with the WTA (Washington Trails Association) and on occasion have access to their lending ‘Gear Library’.

What if my child doesn’t want to participate?2023-02-27T11:54:05-08:00

It is important to us that your child says “Yes” to the experience. We’ve found that it can often be detrimental to the child and the group when brought to an experience against their will.

That said, it is not uncommon for a teen to initially resist an experience proposed by their parent or guardian. In this case, our staff team is always willing to hop on a call to chat with you and/or your child about Journeymen + One Village, the experience, and answer any questions/concerns they might have before making a decision.

We’ve found that once youth have a better understanding of what they’re committing to and who he’ll be engaging with – they are much more empowered to make an informed decision that is in their overall best interest.

Is Journeymen a religious organization?2020-12-07T14:33:46-08:00

Journeymen Institute is not affiliated with any religious group or church.

We look to our external and internal environments for inspiration, wisdom, and guidance. Finding our place in nature is both fun and healthy.

I can’t afford this offering. Do you have Financial Aid?2020-12-09T16:56:11-08:00

Journeymen is committed to maximizing inclusion and access for participants who are unable to afford our courses and are otherwise qualified to enroll.

In recognition of historic and ongoing economic disadvantage, participants identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & Person of Color) may opt to waive Course Fees (except the required $25 processing fee), and/or pay what you wish/can toward enrollment.

We believe that finances should not prevent anyone from receiving the support they need to thrive. Simply select the “Financial Aid” option during the registration process.

How are mentors selected?2020-08-27T16:59:32-07:00

All mentors participate in an intensive 8-hour training and submit to a full background check process.


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