Four Directions Online Workshop

This ONLINE workshop is a six week programme for anyone who wishes to deepen their connection to nature and soul. The group will meet once a week for 2.5 hours, and there will be solo explorations in nature between group meetings.

The Four Directions / Medicine Wheel teachings, first presented to Rites of Passage by Hyemeyohsts Storm over 40 years ago, provide a deep and powerful foundation for understanding ourselves as co-participants in Creation with the entire natural world. In this workshop, we explore each direction through discussion, sharing,  assignments in nature, telling the story of these encounters, and mirroring of the stories by staff and participants.

Four Directions Online Workshop

These core teachings are at the heart of the work we do, helping us to understand ourselves, our life changes, our place in the natural world, and the gifts we have to share. This program also forms a portion of the curriculum for the Rites of Passage guide training programme.

Online Course Dates & Facilitators


Mike Bodkin, the Executive Director of Rites of Passage, has guided and trained people in nature-based transformational programs for over 40 years.  Click on the link to read more about Mike.


This workshop will be presented in a series of six online sessions, each 2.5 hours in length, with both didactic and group council time at each meeting.  We will use Zoom for the sessions.

Week One:
Sunday January 15th, 6pm – 8.30pm GMT (10 am PST)

Week Two:
Tuesday January 24th, 6pm – 8.30pm GMT (10 am PST)

Week Three:
Tuesday January 31st, 6pm – 8.30pm GMT (10 am PST)

Week Four:
Tuesday Feburary 7th, 6pm – 8.30pm GMT (10 am PST)

Week Five:
Tuesday February 14th, 6pm – 8.30pm GMT (10 am PST)

Week Six:
Tuesday February 21st, 6pm – 8.30pm GMT (10 am PST)

Course Fee


How to Book

Please book via the Rites of Passage Wilderness Quest website by clicking on the Enrol Now button below:

More Information

People in any profession and any stage of life will find this workshop of value as an in-depth application of eco-psychology and as an opportunity for personal growth. It’s also valuable for those who wish to renew and deepen the gifts they received on a Wilderness Quest.

This is an experiential event; each component will include suggestions for spending time in nature. Be prepared for 1-3 hours per week outside!

Four Directions Workshop

The idea of the Four Directions is found within many cultures and traditions, often understood as four cycles or seasons of nature.

  • Four archetypes of human nature: Spirit, Body, Psyche, Mind
  • The seasons of our life cycle, representing birth and infancy (Spring), childhood and early adolescence (Summer), self-consciousness of later adolescence and early adulthood (Fall), full adulthood (Winter) and elderhood (Spring again)
  • Orienting our internal process to the landscape: the four directions of the compass


Wilderness Quest

Rites of Passage, founded in 1977, offers Wilderness QuestsWorkshops and Trainings that bring people into a deep encounter with the natural world, exploring the human-nature connection to deepen and transform a sense of purpose, value and commitment to the life we have been blessed with. This work begins with hearing the call to quest, an impulse as ancient as humanity: the path of the hero/ine. It will appeal to men, women, leaders, veterans and young people in life transition or change, and to those wanting to deepen their spiritual path and sense of purpose.



    I am really feeling blessed to be in this course with you, so thank you again for creating and holding this wonderful space. I have been loving the balance you are striking…. I think the sharing of the participants and then your reflections and offerings to each of us, plus the opportunity to reflect ourselves to our fellow participants is incredibly rich. I think your notes are fabulous…. The vitality and richness seems to be in the exchange, and then the notes (and now the videos) assist in personal reflection when we aren’t together. A wisdom community is a rare thing these days, and you have created the space for one, so well done!
    – Dave L., Physician, Canada

    The power of the course is hard to suggest. The time here, on the land and with these people, has led me to great awareness that will help my in my own life. Most importantly, it has opened my heart, connected me to the beauty in humanity and in myself. I know the gifts given to me over these five days are only the beginning.
    – Bianca Di Salvo, businesswoman, Yonkers, NY