Ceremony & Rites of Passage
Global Training
A 9-month Training for those wanting to deepen their 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
This international training begins August 2020

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?

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?

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
18 Core Classes
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 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
Our Teaching Team
Katie Asmus, The Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute
Therapist, Coach, Educator, Mentor, Workshop Facilitator, 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, Nature Knows
Therapist, Rite of Passage Guide, Trainer, Facilitator, Māori Healing Practitioner
Haaweatea specialises in transformation, trauma and life-transition. This includes relationship counseling, spiritual emergency, somatic healing and body-work through traditional practices (Ko Kai Tahu, Ko Waitaha kā iwi). Haaweatea is committed to the resurgence of rites of passage. For the past decade she has supported this on the ground within various communities across Australia, Aotearoa (NZ), China, the US and Hawai'i. She works with individuals online and in-person. She has a Masters in Transpersonal Counselling/ Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University (2009) and trained with The School of Lost Borders. She is the Lead Therapist and Trainer at Nature Knows, a subsidiary of The Suzerain Group.
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
Schedule and Dates
A 9-Month Online Global Training
August 2020 - April 2021

2.5 hrs of online class every two weeks
2.5 hrs of homeplay every two weeks
Class Times: Northern Hemisphere
Alternate Tuesdays 2.5 hrs
August - November:
HT 12:30pm/ PT 3:30pm/ MT 4:30pm
November - April:
HT 12:30pm/ PT 2:30pm/ MT 3:30pm
Class Times: Southern Hemisphere
Fortnightly Wednesdays 2.5 hrs
August - September:
QLD 8:30am/ NSW 8:30am/ NZ 10:30am
October - April:
QLD 8:30am/ NSW 9:30am/ NZ 11:30am

Class Times: ASIA

China/ Hong Kong: Wednesdays 6:30am
Core Class Schedule (for Northern Hemisphere)
August 11th, 25th
September 8th, 22nd
October 6th, 20th
November 3rd, 17th
December 1st, 15th
January 12th, 26th
February 9th, 23rd
March 9th, 23rd
April 6th, 20th
Core Class Schedule (for Southern Hemisphere and Asia)
August 12th, 26th
September 9th, 23rd
October 7th, 21st
November 4th, 18th
December 2nd, 16th
January 13th, 27th
February 10th, 24th
March 10th, 24th
April 7th, 21st
Training Content
  • 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
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