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Bringing your heart together with Wilderness & Mount Shasta's Sacred Places 

Mount Shasta

Rite of Passage

Michael Chudzik

Wilderness Guide
USFS Licensed Shast-Trinity National Forest

NLP Master Coach - Teacher - Medicine Journey

Ceremonial Wilderness Inner-Work 


The last thing that will happen before your soul comes to Earth, is that an angel will put their finger on the cleft of your lip and say, "Forget Everything you know" and then send you on your way.

African Proverb

Rite of Passage Wilderness Intensives


4 to 5 Day Wilderness Outback Backpacking for Creatives, Visionaries and those seeking a new foundation of knowing themselves in the world.

We are all destined for at least one common moment as souls coming to Earth.
One is when everything we know and believe becomes nothing to us but simple dust, compared to realizing there is a vision of what life really is and we've been standing too close to see see it.
It's at that moment that we have a choice:
1) Go back to "the way it is", or
2) Go forward and discover all that we are and are meant to become, even if it has to cost us our life in order to find it - a complete stepping off into the Void of unknowing and uncertainty, with no guarantees of ever coming back.
This stage was called by the ancients as entering our "second cocoon" of life. 

It is in that moment that a new destiny begins - a Rite-of-Passage into surrendering all we think we know in order to get intimately closer to one thing: learning what real eternity is and what our souls' place is within it, what our true design and purpose really is and discovering the Legacy we came to give in this lifetime.


What is a Rite-of-Passage?
Rite-of-Passage is a ceremony or ritual marking a major change or doorway in an individual's life.

At their most basic, all rites of passage are characterized by three distinct phases:
Separation (leaving the familiar), Transition (a time of testing, learning and growth), Return (incorporation and reintegration).  


Rite of Passage Wilderness Intensives

are a nature-emergence vision-quest-modeled outback backpacking encounter for connecting with a new and deeper level of knowing your True Self as your Soul in the world. An opportunity to start a new re-emergence with the Vison of You that your heart already knew when you came into the world. 

2023 Summer Rite-of-Passage Dates in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Group Rite-of-Passage Opportunities

June 2-7 - Base Camping - Day Hikes
Sacred places, vortexes, high lakes, majestic mountain views. - Milder to intermediate level hiking.

5 Days

June 23-28 - Base Camping - Day Hikes
Sacred places,
vortexes, high lakes, majestic mountain views. - Milder to intermediate level hiking.

5 Days

July 13-17 - Base Camping - Day Hikes
Sacred places,
vortexes, high lakes, majestic mountain views. - Milder to intermediate level hiking.

5 Days

August 11-15 - Pacific Crest Trail
15+ Mile Backpacking Vision-Quest Level Intensive. Intermediate endurance level.

5 days.

Or book your own - 1 to 5 Days

Private individuals, couples or group Rite-of-Passage - in Mount Shasta, your location or anywhere in the world

Limited to 6-15 journeyers at one time. Groups of 6+ include two facilitators ~ or let's plan your very own personal self, couple or group intensive - in private and/or with your teammates in deep, intensive inner work in the Heart of Nature. 

This is Heart-Soul, True-Self Integration work devoted to you finding the Vision of You that Your Heart already knows and going back home: closer heart-connection with yourself, your loved ones in the world and old parts of your life free from holding you back by the work we do together in a deep, intensive connection with the living soul of the wildness of nature.

This Rite of Passage is integrated into a 2- month transformational change process  including a full coaching call before the event, 4 to 5 days in the wilderness, plus a 2-month/4-coaching session follow-up to support you.

For Individuals, Couples & Teams, as well as established Vision Path Coaching Clients.

Must be 18+ years old and physically ready to carry 30+ pounds of your own equipment, hike minimum 5 miles/day over primitive trail terrain.

Each Wilderness Rite-of-Passage includes:

~ Five personal Zoom coaching sessions to anchor in the change! 
~ One personal pre-ROP session + four personal follow-up coaching sessions. 
~ Both group and personal breakout session time during retreats.


Investment:  Rite-of-Passage, including 5 online personal coaching sessions for up to 4 months after your event to help you stay in flow with your ROP breakthroughs:

5-Day Rite of Passage: $1,400 (as a member of a group from 6-13)

Smaller and individual ROP's vary slightly higher in price, but allow more 1-on-1 personal coaching. Inquire within.

To Learn More or Register: Call or Send Email:

What does a Wilderness Outback Rite-of-Passage Retreat Look Like?


Working at the Crossroads of Mind & Spirit

Wilderness Camping & Backpacking

Connecting with the Sacred Places of the Wilderness

Nature-Based Coaching, Eco-Therapy,

Deep Inner-Work, Visioneering & Spirit Medicine Work

Ho'ono'ponopono Letting Go
Despacho Ceremony
Medicine Wheel Teachings

Traditional Teachings and Stories

Discovering Your Soul & Heart's Vision of You

My work is based on the traditional teachings and vision quest as I was taught over a 20-year period by a number of North and South America native elders who taught me their traditions and gave me permission to use in my coaching work. Out of respect for cultural appropriation, I have adapted these teachings and integrated them with NLP, Jungian and Soulcraft (tm), to name a few and made them my own over the past 15 years.  Although each Rite-of-Passage has a familiar structure that I follow, no two are alike as I intuitively allow the ancestral guides and keepers of the land, along with the higher-self souls of the attendees and Great Creator/All-That-Is show me what is going to give all members of my groups the highest benefits.  

Physical Requirements - Even if you have never backpacked, the first requirement is helping you be a good match for to the level of physical demand each group location that I am choosing this year has. 

We will be working in an environment from 4,200 feet elevation up to 9,800 feet, exerting physical demand on our feet, legs and bodies as we carry packs with our gear for up to 5 miles in changing elevations and terrains. It is important that you know in advance your limits and be a regular walker, runner, bike rider, etc. to be able to stay with the pace of our group as we hike as much as 5 miles per day carrying 30-40 pounds on our backs. 

My R-O-P's are not fasting expeditions, but the food I encourage you to bring lends itself to putting you body into high-performance energy and allowing your body to experience some of the values of fasting without the struggle and starvation of some of the other traditional 7-day Vision Quests by the healthy benefits of the food.

Equipment - 
Own cooking gear, food for duration, ultra-light sleeping bag & sleeping pad, hydration bottle, water purifiers. warm and cold-weather layers of clothes.
In "backpacking" R.O.P's, you will need a 70+liter pack and 3-4# lightweight tent (I have recommendations).
In "basecamp" R.O.P's, instead of 70+liter pack, a 40+liter pack for day hikes and small, lighter tent.

If You Are Less Physically for Outback Backpacking - I AM scheduling an easier R.O.P. occasionally, AND you can contact me to set up your very own R.O.P. tailored to your physical level. I can also come to you anywhere in the world to guide you or your group in a Rite-of-Passage. I am very happy to do this, as opposed to you missing all that a Mount Shasta/Vision Path Rite of Passage can offer you!

Planning your own journey soon?
Call 503-679-2165 or Email
for Questions, Plans and Reservations

USDA Guide Permit Disclosure -

This business operates under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies.... Continued... click here, please

* Please Note - Out of respect for our Mount Shasta First People...

I do not hold Ceremonies in my professional or commercial involvement on Mount Shasta. Our local First People have requested that these practices be stopped and because of that, I have other locations where I hold them. 

Professional Disclaimer - Michael Chudzik is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is not a licensed doctor or mental health professional. Michael's coaching, spiritual and shamanic or "medicine" work through Vision Path Art's & Consulting is not offered as a substitute for health care with a licensed physician or mental health provider, but as a complementary service.

Federal Wilderness Guide Permit Civil Rights Disclosure - 
This business operates under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center...
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