Rob Miller ~ Cascadia Quest

Rob Miller is a wilderness guide, wildcrafter and ceremonialist who creates and facilitates rites of passage for young men and women in the US.

In this interview Rob shares with us the story of how he came to this work, talks us through the necessary elements for a rite of passage to be meaningful and effective, and gives us an intimate insight into the form and nature of his work.

Israh and Rob discuss the role of mortality, gender, community and mentorship in rites of passage work and how these different elements come together to challenge, hold and witness a young person in their transition to adulthood. They speak about the urgent need for - and the challenges associated with - bringing rites of passage into the mainstream of our culture and reinstating them in a place of priority.

“We live in a time where we are in danger of extinction - there’s a lot of us right now. It is essential that we remember how to live within the cycles of this perfect creation. The earth is a perfectly functioning being and somehow the humans of this time seem to have forgotten. We think we are somehow separate or distinct and have the power of gods to create. I hope that the young people who go through these meaningful initiatory practises- that their heart deeply opens after realising that they are part of this earth, and their heart deeply opens up to spirit, knowing that we are part of creation.” ~ Rob Miller

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Introducing the Rites of Passage interview series

What is a Rite of Passage? Do we need them? How do we bring the thread of ancient rites into a modern vision that can serve the youth and the world now? Does gender matter? How can we incorporate these experiences into our communities and our everyday lives?

These are some of the questions that I have been fascinated with for some time.

Over the last few years as my work and experience in Rites of passage has developed so have the questions' significance and their weight- knocking louder in my heart and asking for attention. I realised I needed to - and it was in fact my responsibility as a guide to - go deeper into these questions and allow them to take me on a journey so that I may better serve.

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Israh Goodall