Circle Passages is a circle made of diverse professionals who have come together to create a safe and natural to help you heal and grow. We take a whole-person approach with doctors specializing in art therapy, suicide prevention, and trauma recovery, along with a counsellor in child and family therapy, yoga instructor, youth counsellor, naturalist, nutritionist, and grief specialist. Nature is a big part of this circle, holding and healing us in ways that are powerful, meaningful, and personal. At Circle Passages we create a space for deep transformation that is therapeutic but not therapy. It is simply a safe place to get to know and be yourself.
A Family Calling
Walking the path of our ancestors.
Heather has a deep intergenerational calling to initiate youth in modern rites of passage. Following her father's footsteps whose doctoral degree was in the lack of modern rites of passage, her first course in her doctoral work was on rites of passage.
She has passed this love of nature-based initiation to her son Jordan who works with her as well as her sons, nieces, and nephews.
CIRCLE PASSAGES offers renewed hope, health, and love for life. In studies a nature-based approach has been found to reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, attachment deficit disorder, PTSD, social anxiety, suicidal ideation, nature deficit disorder, technology addiction, sleep & eating disorders and self-esteem. We offer a path to meaning and purpose.
OUR MISSION is to help youth, adults, and elders find safe passage as they navigate the paths of their lives. Through contemporary rites of passage, we guide individuals on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment to foster natural and sustainable growth within a circle of power and community. We honor the deep values and connections that provide safe passage through hard times.
OUR VISION is a world of multi-generational and cultural wholeness in which individuals can achieve independence within circles of interdependence. People are whole within themselves because they are held within circles of family and community, growing naturally like the rings of a tree. Like a circle, we offer a vision of unbroken connection based on respect for all life held within the circle of the earth.
OUR DREAM is to help those who are the most vulnerable and lost to find safe passage. We are especially drawn to help at risk-youth and homeless. If you share this dream, please reach out to see how we can collaborate and co-create to make this a reality. We having free kits ready to go out to help with the crisis that is here now and would love support in purchasing basic supplies . . . or? Together we can make a profound difference. As Margaret Mead said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Come join our group.
Balancing differences of age and gender in our core leadership circle, we offer a powerful combination of knowledge and experience. We have gathered youthful counselors and wise elders, experts in the seasons of nature and our psychological nature. Our circle is designed to be flexible and relatable to you.
CORE LEADERSHIP CIRCLE. Present on and trained in ROP
Heather. (PhD) Depth psychologist specializing in nature and art-based transformation, ROP leader
Buck. (2 MA) Child, individual, and family counsellor, ROP leader, and higher ground seeker
Jordan. Cert Yoga instructor, Youth counsellor extraordinaire, wilderness guide, ROP leader, and coach
Candace. ROP leader and lineage keeper, creative, cat lover, and shadow play expert
Mary. (MD) doctor and educator, specializing in youth empowerment, trauma and resilience
Yvonne. (PhD) specializing in suicide prevention, gender identity, and typology
Noe. nutrition Courtney. grieving Pat. nature educator and MORE
Kyle. honorary member, hereditary chief and native leader, storyteller, educator, and activist
Alan. honorary elder, life-long student of rites of passage, ancient and modern
4 STAGES and STEPS of the CIRCLE
SEPARATION: Take inventory to make changes and separate from your past. What will you leave?
PREPARATION: Prepare for your rite of passage both outwardly (pack socks . . . ) and inwardly (gather courage . . .). This includes time at home and on the land before you go out on your own.
TRANSFORMATION: Time on the land on your own (whether during a day over a couple days) where you undergo your transformation, gaining a new insight, revelation, or breakthrough.
INTEGRATION: You come back into circle both on the land and at the nature center to integrate what you have learned and ground it in your life. This includes activities and circle gatherings outlined below.