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The Four Shields Initiation group beginning March 30th, 2014 is a 12-month initiation for young men, ages 14-17. With the support of their families and the community-at-large, participants will support one another through the four seasons/shields. Through the reflections of the natural world and each other participants will distill an authentic self as they cross the threshold from early adolescence into late adolescence, ultimately, making more likely an appropriate transition into adulthood.

Participants will immerse in local ecosystems and wild places meeting both the majesty and mystery of the outdoors. The Four Shields Initiation will utilize 1Revolution’s essential elements:  nature connection, wilderness adventure, experiential group process, community-supported ceremony and service. Participants will be challenged emotionally, physically, and even spiritually, with the support of a healthy peer group.

Generally, participants will meet monthly throughout the year, usually on Sundays. Interspersed with the monthly explorations will be two overnight trips, a 7-day rites-of-passage journey July 13-19, two or three nighttime Fire Councils, and a culminating multi-night vision quest.


Four Shields Initiation Group

Sample Schedule:

March:
Sunday Exploration

April:
Sunday Exploration 

May:
Sunday Exploration
Friday Night Fire Council (w/ mentor)

June:
Overnight Exploration

July:
7-day Rites of Passage Trip

August:
Sunday Exploration

September:
Sunday Exploration

October:
Overnight Exploration

November:
Sunday Exploration
Friday Night Fire Council (w/mentor)

December:
Sunday Exploration

January:
Sunday Exploration

February:
Friday Night Fire Council (w/mentor)
2-Night Vision Quest and Closing Circle