Youth Passageways is excited to invite you to a new project that grew out of our initial call to discuss rites of passage in the era of climate change: Land { Culture } Climate, a living process where a group of participants will explore the inner and outer territories of our changing landscapes. We invite you to be with the questions that draw culture, initiation and climate change/emergency together. In specific, we seek to tease out the impact that culture has on our land-base and therefore climate. We seek to discern what values that culture uplifts and those it undermines so what in our work as those dedicated to initiation, the passageways we undergo or facilitate may foster solidarity, sovereignty, and interdependence with the more than human world and each other.

What is it?

Both a web-based experiment and learning series as well as a collaboration with Confluence Journal, we invite you to attend 3 interactive calls on July 22nd, August 26th, and September 30th respectively. Each call will span around 90 minutes and will contain a presentation, facilitated dialogue and an invitation to engage the material in some way in between the calls. Finally, on October 12th, in honor of Passageways Day, we will host a dialogue with youth panelists and Confluence Journal contributors on the 2019 issue’s theme: “Initiated into what?” 

What can I Expect?

The process will consist of four calls over four months starting in July and going through October.
We will keep Initiation at the heart.
The first three calls will be 90 minutes, and the panel will be two hours all beginning at 5 PST

Each of the first three calls will consist of:

10 minutes opening/naming who’s in the room and who’s in spirit

30 minutes guest presentation/participant

40 minutes dialogue

10 minutes engagement invitation

5 minutes closing

One final 2-hour panel in tandem with Confluence Journal exploring the culture that we’re asking our young ones to be initiated into and what that means to them, us, and others. Accepted submitters (and weekly presenters) invited to dialogue.


Breakdown by Week:

Monday, July 22nd –  Mourning & Loving a Changing Landscape

In our first call, we explore the impacts of climate change/emergency on our lives and the very real emotional and physical responses associated with those changes and what they mean for our place in the world. We’ll also invite you to engage in your own worlds through the creation of a self-generated ceremony in collaboration with your land base.

Presentation – Eco Psychologists Carol Koziol presents on climate grief, exploring the cyclical emotional reactions to climate change and disaster.

Dialogue – Prompt: How has climate change affected you emotionally?

Engagement – Invitation to create personal or community grief/gratitude ritual sitting and being in dialogue with the land.

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Monday, August 26th –  Taking Stock: Ecological & Interpersonal Culture

Our second call brings us into the story of change and how we as organisms both ecological and social, respond to the challenges of post-climate change weather. Brendan Clarke, Co-Director of the Ojai Foundation will join us to tell his story how their community was challenged, changed and reborn by fire.

Presentation – Brendan Clarke of the Ojai Foundation tells the story of Ojai, the California fires, and the power of community.

Dialogue – Personal Ritual Debrief, what came up from Brendan’s sharing

Engagement – Come prepared for the next call to speak for 1 minute on how climate disaster has brought you into contact or awareness with/of people or communities you didn’t know before.

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Monday, September 30th – Building, Bearing & Re-Incorporating

The third call finds us on the shores of Hawai’i, among many others. Longtime YPW advisor and champion of cultural stewardship, Kalani Souza will present on his work with the Olohana Foundation and the opportunity for uplifting healthy initiation in the rebuilding efforts that come the face of climate disaster.

Presentation – Kalani Souza speaks on climate disaster, dynamic ways of rebuilding, and using community and culture as tools for systemic change.

Dialogue – Prompt: How would your community face re-building the physical, social, and spiritual components that make up its core in the face of a climate disaster?

Engagement – Develop a climate cycle response plan. What are the holistic (structural, cultural, social and spiritual) resources and the level of their accessibility in your community? Share your community climate response plan on the process page.

Watch the Recording:

Download the HANA I KA LIMA workbook created by the Olohana Foundation

Saturday, October 12th – Passageways Day Panel: “Initiated into What?”

Finally, in collaboration with the Confluence 2019 issue, we will host a virtual panel including process participants, youth leaders and submitters from the journal to take a look at what the aggregate culture youth see as their present and future is, how they feel about that and what they’re doing to engage and change it.

Cycle 1 – Initiated into What? What kind of culture are we building and inviting youth and those yet born to join? What is a village or community in the 21st century to even be able to respond to the changing landscape,

Cycle 2 – From Here, Where? How are you embracing, resisting, adapting, evolving your experienced culture as an individual, as a community to reflect the changes you see are needed in the world?

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Presenter Biographies

Pegi Eyers (Presenter / Facilitator)

Pegi Eyers is the author of Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community, a new book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community. You can learn more about her work HERE

Dane Zahorsky (Presenter / Facilitator)

Dane is one of the Co-Directors of Youth Passageways. He is also the founder Make Trybe Center for Transformative Design in Kansas City, that guides seekers of all ages through collaboratively designed transformations in the form of workshops, courses, and various journeys as they relate to developing that sense of deep community, or of trybe.

Carol Koziol (Presenter)

Carol Koziol is a professional coach and consultant with Natural Courage, a personal development practice. Carol has a Masters Degree in Ecopsychology and a Certificate in Ecotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

To cope with deep personal eco-grief, Carol participated in a Work That Reconnects (WTR) intensive with Joanna Macy. The life-changing experience led her to weave the WTR into presentations, lectures, and offer WTR workshops to help people cope with climate change. Understanding the importance of community, Carol founded the Canadian Ecopsychology Network (CEN) which provides FREE Ecopsychology webinars to the public. Continuing to explore human-nature relationships from a community eco-resilience perspective, Carol is currently working towards an Interdisciplinary PhD in Human Studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

Brendan Clarke (Presenter)

Brendan Clarke was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Maryland. He began his career as an educator in southwest Chicago, with Teach for America. Afterward, he moved to California and spent three years immersed in deep nature connection studies, relational education, and Permaculture, before joining the staff of Weaving Earth. He has spent the better part of the last decade designing, staffing, and supporting Bay Area nature-based education in schools, summer camps, homeschool programs, one-on-one mentoring, and rites of passage outings.

He is a certified wildlife tracker, Iyengar yoga teacher, and wilderness first responder. Since childhood, he has carried a deep passion for healing the human relationship to the planet, and especially water. He has been involved with the Walking Water Pilgrimage, Standing Rock, and the Russian River Confluence. He is a student of bird language, council, writing, mythology, and the greater dreaming of these times.

Kalani Souza (Presenter)

Kalani is the Founding and current Director of the Olohana Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based on Hawaii’s Big Island since 2008. Olohana focuses on building community capacity, cohesiveness, resilience, and emergency preparedness around food, energy, water, and knowledge systems.

Kalani is also a Coastal Community Resilience Trainer with FEMA Consortium member, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He serves as a cultural competency consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Services Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is regularly called to lead and participate in workshops and webinars on topics including disaster preparedness, community, relationships, knowledge systems sharing, indigenous environmental stewardship, and climate change adaptation. He also serves as a mentor with the Hawaii non-killing effort out of the Spark Matsunaga Center for Peace and as a board member for the Ala Kahakai Trail Association, part of the National Park Services Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.