“If we do not initiate our boys into
the village, they will burn it down
just to feel its warmth.”
– African Proverb
“WHO AM I?”
Most grown men cannot answer this question.
And, without answering this question ourselves, we allow the world to tell us who we are.
Parents, politicians, employers, media.
We give our power away without ever claiming authority for ourselves.
WHAT IS A RITES OF PASSAGE?
A Rite of Passage is a process of transformation – physical, mental, spiritual – marked by a symbolic “death”, or completion, or one period or stage of life and the “birth”, or beginning” of another.
Often, the passage from one chapter of life into another is accompanied by a ceremony or ritual. However, these life transformations are not always elective or consciously embarked upon. The birth of your first child, moving out of your parents’ house, backpacking through Central America are all examples of Rites of Passages.
The legacy that Compass is born from teaches that there are 3 stages for every Rite of Passage:
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
– Joseph Campbell
As the caterpillar prepares itself for transformation, it enters the cocoon where it will dissolve its identity, deconstruct its current structure, and melt into DNA soup as it prepares to metamorphose.
Your first step across the threshold marks your completion of this chapter of life, but you are not yet in the next chapter. Some call Threshold the “in-between-worlds” stage of the journey. This is your time. Your 4 days to connect with that voice of inner truth that’s been speaking all along…only now, you can hear it with all of life’s distractions tuned out.
4 days. 4 nights. Solo in the wilderness. The mystery begins to unfold…
How long is the fast?
- You are fasting from food for 4 days and nights. You return to basecamp on the 5th morning. However, Threshold week (the in-person portion of Compass) is 8 full days allowing for preparation and integration time before and after your fast.
Where does Compass take place?
We are currently offering Compass on the West Coast (typically California) and East Coast (New England Region) of the United States. However, we hope to be international by 2023! Lookout Europe and Australia, here we come!
What do I do for 4 days by myself?
Every man’s Compass experience is uniquely his own. Though the guides give you some direction around self-generated ceremony and specific parts of this Rite of Passage that may be powerful, ultimately, you decide. The only thing we know is you will not be eating, reading books, or scrolling social media!
How many men will I be fasting with?
We take up to 10 men for each round of Compass.
Will I be alone in the middle of nowhere for 4 days?
We prefer the term “solitude”. You will never be more than 30-45 mins. away from another human from our group, and the guides will be in basecamp throughout the duration of your fast. However, you will not see or hear from another human during your 4 days.
What about lions?
Tigers? And bears!??? – Oh MY! We consider it a blessing to have “visitors” during your fast. We also recognize that you may have a different level of wilderness experience than another man. We prepare everyone who goes out to fast with how to respond to any type of safety issue or challenge you may encounter (including wildlife visitations!) during Severance and the lead up to Threshold. All jokes aside, most animals are not interested in coming into contact with you and at most will usually only observe from a safe distance.
When is compass happening?
March 15th-23rd 2024 – Death Valley, CA
April 5th-13th 2024 – Sam Houston Nat’l Forest, TX