A 9-month training to deepen your transformative work with others
do you want guidance or support to
confidently develop and enact personally meaningful,
culturally relevant, Ceremony and Rites of Passage
for yourself and/or your community?
Calling all Therapists, Coaches, Facilitators, Mentors,
Healers, Wisdom keepers, Spiritual leaders,

Ceremony holders, Rites of Passage doulas...
Global Training
Pre-register for 2024
Are you looking for
impactful, effective tools to
respectfully and authentically engage in ceremony as a support in moving through big life transitions?

Are you wanting leadership skills
and expanded practice
in deep listening and powerful mirroring to illuminate meaning for your people?

Are you longing to confidently create
personally meaningful, culturally relevant Ceremony and Rites of Passage for yourself and your community?

Are you seeking the embodied capacity to powerfully and safely create sacred space and containers for
deep transformation?

The Calling
This is for you if you:
  • Seek to guide people through the gates of life
    • Love ceremony, ritual or value rites of passage and feel the need in your community.
  • Want a culturally relevant and respectful approach
    • Are looking to support communities to create ceremonies that are culturally relevant for them, without appropriating other groups cultures, ceremonies, rites, or practices.
  • Long to create containment for deep transformation
    • Are ready to deepen the practice of holding strong witness and neutral presence.
    • See ceremony as a tool to move through big experiences as opposed to spiritual bypass.
  • Are here to bring more of the intentional and sacred forward
    • Are looking to deepen your understanding of how to create meaningful ceremonies with clients or groups.
    • See the need for conscious ceremonial transition in your community.
  • Desire structure, forms, and personally relevant maps
    • Are wanting to deeply listen, ask important questions, mirror, extrapolate the aliveness, meaning, symbols, into personally relevant ceremony and marking change.
    • Yearn for a relevant structure to ground this work in.
  • Wonder ...
    • Am I doing enough? What's my role? How do I make a difference?
    • Are ready to reclaim what is important to you, your values, and with those you love.
Rites of Passage
The ceremonial process that marks the transition from one phase of life to another. They are turning points in our life when we go through key changes where our identity, behaviors, choices, and roles change.

The Rite of Passage ceremony is instrumental in
how we accept growth, challenge, and change.
9-month International Training Components
20 Core Sessions
A deep dive into theory and practice
of creating Ceremony & Rites of Passage
Ongoing Personalized Ceremonial Design & Practice
A multitude of opportunities to design and enact personal Ceremony throughout the course duration
2.5 Hours of Homeplay
per module
Experiential exercises and readings to engage between meetings to deepen the learning experience
Day-Walk or Night Quest
An intensive, Ceremonial, nature-based, day-long solo quest mid-course
Personal Relevance and Cultural Appropriateness
Support and understanding to create personally meaningful, culturally relevant Rites of Passage experiences for you and your communities
Project Development
Guidance to develop a meaningful offering for some aspect of your community throughout the course
Complete the application below to pre-apply for 2024.
(When applications formally open we will respond to schedule a 20 - 30 minute interview to ensure it's a fit!)
Our Teaching Team
  • Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP
    The Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute
    Therapist, Coach, Educator, Mentor, Workshop Facilitator, and Rite of Passage Guide.
    Katie incorporates present-moment awareness, creative arts, relationship to the natural world, and body-mind connection to support people in more deeply and compassionately connecting to themselves, others, and the earth. She has a long history of creating, facilitating, and practicing personally meaningful ceremony and ritual, and she believes strongly in the power of spending time in nature as a way to listen deeply inward. Currently, she manages, directs, teaches and sees private practice clients through The Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute (SWTI), a multi-dimensional therapeutic and educationally-based organization that incorporates Wilderness and Body-Centered Psychotherapies in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Haaweatea Holly Bryson, MA
    Nature Knows
    Psychotherapist and Nature Based Therapist, Kaitohutohu and Kairomiromi (Māori Healing Practitioner), Rite of Passage Guide, and Trainer.
    Haaweatea is committed to the resurgence of rites of passage. For the past 15 years she's supported this with various communities across Australia, Aotearoa (NZ), Hawai'i, China and the USA. As a psychotherapist she specialises in trauma, transition and transformation, with individuals, couples and families. She is a somatic therapist and bodyworker trained in traditional Māori practices (Ngāi Tahu and Waitaha are her tribes). She facilitates and guides rites of passage and quests with families, veterans, women, young people, parents and teens. She holds a MA Transpersonal Counselling and Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University (2009), trained with The School of Lost Borders, and acknowledges her Waitaha elders for their steady influence, challenge and support. www.natureknows.co
9-month global training
Calling all Leaders, Healers, Change-makers, and Those stepping up to support others in this time of unknown.

As we navigate these uncertain and rapidly changing times, we are calling together those who want support and community in taking a stand for Resilience and Resource during this time of change.

We invite you to turn toward ceremony, ritual and rites of passage as tools to help us navigate these times as they have across the history of humankind.
We welcome you to:

  • Access your personal pathway to meaning, spiritual connection, and guidance

  • Excavate and illuminate your personal relationship with ceremony and rites of passage.

  • Grow your capacity for deep listening and trusting your way of responding to what each experience is crying out to have honored and enacted.

  • Gain vision, clarity, and confidence to create the ceremony you and/or your community are seeking.

  • Understand the relevance, necessity and application of the overarching key structures and mechanics of ceremony and rites of passage.
Bring people together

Impact and nourish your community

Honour life's transitions in rich ways
Training Content
  • Ceremony
    • Creating Sacred/ Intentional Space
    • Intentions and Purpose
    • Types of Ceremony
    • Introducing Ceremony
    • Ceremonial Stages and Intentional Acts
    • Meaningful, Symbolic Action
    • Witness, Resources, Place
    • Ceremonial Tools
    • Ritual
    • Sensory Experiences
    • The Elements
    • Meaningful, Symbolic Objects
    • Structure and Spontaneity
  • Rites of Passage
    • Definition and Scope
    • The Stages Inherent to Rites of Passage
    • Rites of Passage Maps
    • Preparation
    • Populations
    • Nature-Based Ceremonial Practices
    • Life Change and Transformation
    • Death, Loss, Addiction, and Endings
    • Birth, Weddings, New Roles and Responsibilities
    • Embodiment and Integration
    • Maps Expanded: Hero/ines Journey, Stages of Change, Seasons, Directions, Natural Cycles
  • Cultural Appropriateness
    • Culture and Diversity
    • Lineage and Connection
    • Meaning, Symbols, Metaphor
    • Questions to explore: intention, cultural/ spiritual belief
    • Personal, Family and Ancestral relationship with Ceremony and Ritual
    • Personal, Spiritual, Cultural Relevance
    • Eliciting Meaning and Metaphor

  • Community and Family
    • Role of Community
    • Independence and Interdependence
    • Confirmation and Recognition
    • Witness
    • Deep Listening and Mirroring Practice
    • Holding a Container for Depth and Growth
    • Role of the Mentor

  • Intervention and Change
    • Therapeutic Markers for Transformation/ Change
    • Role of Solitude
    • Crisis
    • Vision, Illumination, Epiphany
    • The Unknown and The Darkness
    • Risk and Safety
    • Facilitation Skills
    • Trails and Paths
  • Other Topics
    • Initiation
    • Needs and Gaps
    • Eco-Reciprocity
    • Spiritual Bypass
    • Intimacy, Ecstacy and Power
Is your heart beating and are your palms sweating?

Is something in you saying YES as you read this even if you are not sure why?
Schedule & Dates
A 9-Month Live Online Global Training
2.5 hrs commitment per week
2.5 hrs of live sessions per fortnight
(calendar example below)
Alternate Tuesdays 2.5hrs

Hawai'i, USA, Canada
March 22 to November 6
HT 12:30pm/ PT 3:30pm/ MT 4:30pm

February, March 8, and November 15th (daylight savings)
HT 12:30pm/ PT 2:30 pm/ MT 3:30 pm

United Kingdom

11:30pm (changes to 10:30pm during the daylight savings months of February, March and November)

Fortnightly Wednesdays 2.5hrs

Australia & Aotearoa/ NZ
February - March
QLD 8:30am/ NSW 9:30am/ NZ 11:30am
April through September:
QLD 8:30am/ NSW 8:30am/NZ 10:30am
October - November:
QLD 8:30am/ NSW 9:30am/ NZ 11:30am

India & Asia
India IST: 4am
China/ Hong Kong ICT: 5:30am

Core Class Schedule (for Northern Hemisphere)
Feb 22nd
March 8th, 22nd
April 5th, 19th
May 3rd, 17th, 31st
June 14th, 28th
July 12th, 26th
Aug 9th, 23rd
Sept 6th, 20th
Oct 4th, 18th
Nov 1st, 15th

on May 24th and July 19th
Core Class Schedule (for Southern Hemisphere, India & Asia)
Feb 23rd
March 9th, 23rd
April 6th, 20th
May 4th, 18th
June 1st, 15th, 29th
July 13th, 27th
Aug 10th, 24th
Sept 7th, 21st
Oct 5th, 19th
Nov 2nd, 16th

on May 25th and July 20th
Course Prices
Limited spaces for each annual training


Prices are in USD
Standard Pay-in-Full Rate

Deposit: $950 to confirm seat
Standard Payment Plan
(includes monthly fee)

Deposit: $950 followed by
6 monthly payments of $345 once course starts
Early-bird Pay-in-Full Rate

Deposit: $820 to confirm seat
Early-bird Payment Plan
(includes monthly fee)

Deposit: $820 followed by
6 monthly payments of $297 once course starts
BIPOC Scholarships: We are committed to multi-cultural accessibility and equity.
These BIPOC-specific (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color) scholarships are in deep appreciation for the experiences, values, and insight that is alive across our diverse communities.

Note: In restoring community models we acknowledge:

- The global need for a wider growth container and a recognition and respect toward lived experience and diversity. Historically, western education and institutions have been inaccessible due to a conflict in values for many communities and cultures, or colonial modes of access.
- The deep need for a multi-cultural not mono-cultural learning environment. As a practitioner training, we enter into personal inquiry and responsibility. This is a BIPOC safe community. We explore how we each engage this work without appropriating other's culture, practices, ceremonies or rites.

Please register your interest for 2024 Scholarships at the link.
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Your generous donation increases accessibility for incredible people who are committed to ceremony and rites of passage in their homes and communities, and to perpetuate their healing ways.
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