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Navigation I: The Elements of Mentoring

Navigation I : The Elements of Mentoring

“It’s been great to see how easy it is to build community and make meaningful connections in just a few hours” – Participant

This training is open to all genders and is a pre-requisite for anyone who wishes to staff and/or mentor during a Journeymen overnight course in the future. We plan to offer one additional training session before the start of our summer courses (The Quest) in July. 

Designed for adults of all ages who wish to participate as a mentor during one of Journeymen’s summer courses and/or pursue a career in rites of passage and/or outdoor education. Additionally, this 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 peers more effectively.

This training is facilitated by Nicky Wilks and Alex Craighead, co-founders and lead guides at Journeymen. The two of them bring over two decades of experience working with youth in outdoor and traditional educational settings, and will tap into the story and science of mentoring during this transformative one day training.


limit 10 participants

DATE : saturday june 3, 9am – 7pm
VENUE : ayh ranch – vashon island, wa
COST : $120 (lunch and dinner provided)*
* $60 for attendees of our Global ROP Leadership Training



This training delivers the essential skills to cultivate organic and meaningful mentoring relationships in all areas of our lives. Specifically targeted to those who wish to attend one of our overnight courses (adult Mentors or Apprentices), it is also appropriate for anyone who is curious about utilizing a nature-based model of human development for their own personal and/or professional growth. This training is both didactic and experiential by design and will require participants to look deeply into their core values and life trajectory.

  • A solid understanding of the elements of a Rite of Passage and how to utilize them in your interactions with youth
  • An overview of nature-based models of human development, including historical examples and the version we use in our own courses and program design
  • Experience facilitating group activities
  • Understanding and practicing self-generated ceremony
  • How to establish appropriate mentoring relationships in all areas of your life, including finding your own mentor(s)
  • Awareness of the components of safety before, during and after rites of passage and other transformative work