13 Moons is a collective of gifted educators, facilitators, and practitioners close to the center of Youth Passageways, helping youth, families, partners, organizers, educators, and the general public re-weave meaningful passageways deeply and equitably into the fabric of our communities.
13 Moons Collective offers a range of areas for learning and growth, including wholistic sexuality, transformative justice, culturally-relevant ceremonial design, and more. We work in partnership with existing programs and organizations to tailor educational experiences for their clients or staff, as well as work one-on-one with individuals who are seeking individualized support.
*please note, this project is still developing and we will update the web page on an ongoing basis. Check back for more info soon!
Why 13 Moons?
13 Moons speaks to the birth story of Youth Passageways itself, where 13 people gathered from different walks of life and helped formally call Youth Passageways into being, under a full moon in the traditional territory of the Pomo people, now known to some as Sonoma, California.
13 Moons speaks of how our practices of coming together are rooted in the cycles of the earth; tend to the interplay of light and darkness, illumination and shadow; and incorporate what emerges in the moment while honoring the many who have come before.
Who We Are
The 13 Moons Collective are practitioners who dedicate themselves to fill the collective toolbox to help us navigate ever-shifting terrain of working with youth. 13 Moons is comprised of skilled facilitators with decades of experience as rites of passage guides, educators, and facilitators. We are a diverse group of practitioners who hold a unique set of frameworks, cultural practices, and ancestral offerings, both intact and reimagined.
What We Can Do Together
13 Moons co-creates sustaining pathways for our colleagues and comrades in the field by supporting guides, facilitators, and educators so they can offer their gifts abundantly to their communities and to the world. Our offerings include equity work in rites of passage practices, holistic sexuality, curriculum development, and other areas, all of which are embedded in and communicated through earth-based, anti-oppressive frameworks.
Formats vary depending on interest, from short evening storytelling presentations to multi-day field-based programs or workshops. Our offerings include the following, which will grow in time as our collective takes shape!
These are educational opportunities, including courses, experiences, workshops.
Who You Might Be:
- YPW Partners
- Affiliated Groups
- Youth-serving programs
- Community groups
- Group Teaching and Facilitation
- Ritual Design & Facilitation
- Staff & Volunteer Training and Development
- Ecology of Power & Privilege
This is individual or organizational in person or online support
Who You Might Be:
- Individuals navigating personal transitions and/or seeking support
- Person(s) wanting to become a rites of passage guide
- Individuals or groups that are looking to build a rites of passage offering
- Individuals or groups that are looking to deepen their social justice work
- One-on-one Mentorship
- Organizational Development & Consulting
YPW Educational Opportunities:
These are offerings that Youth Passageways is initiating independently, as a service to our partners.
Who You Might Be:
- Current practitioners looking to learn new techniques or acquire skill sets offered by our partner base
- Anyone interested in learning more about rites of passage, mentorship, transformational justice, etc
- Classes, events, courses, and workshops via our online events page
- Facilitators and practitioners who resonate with you and your work
Partial List of What We Have to Offer:
- Transformative Justice
- Wholistic Sexuality
- Culturally-appropriate Ceremony And Ritual
- Experiential Outdoor And Environmental Education
- Fundraising And Financial Management
- Race Relations, Social Justice, White Allyship, And The Ecology Of Power And Privilege
- Council, Technology Of Participation, And Other Facilitation Techniques
- Cultural Habitat Restoration
- Intuitive Development And Spiritual Support
- Ancestral Recovery
- Right Relations In Rites Of Passage
- Ceremonial Forms
- Building Belonging For Folks Pushed To The Margins
- Empowerment Through Earth-based Skill Shares
- Cross-species Relationship Protocols/Building
We believe that a different world is possible. Amidst these chaotic, rapidly changing times–full of suffering and violence–we see the seeds of a new world emerging each and every day through the ways that we work together and connect with our partners, learning about the work they’re doing in their local communities, as we build a stronger and broader coalition on behalf of our youth and our future generations.
Please reach out to Darcy Ottey for more information. Contact her at Darcy(at)youthpassageways.org.