Rites of passage are important rituals or ceremonies to honor and celebrate the transition from one stage of life to another.
We experience these transitions when moving for example from childhood into adolescence, leaving home for the first time, leaving single life behind to transition to married life (or married life back to single life), transitioning into motherhood, or moving from the years of childbearing into years of the wise woman.
As we move into a new phase of life we are perceived differently by those around us, we play a new role and shoulder new responsibilities, we spend our time differently, and our perspective on life changes.
Why Participate in Rites of Passage
When we transition consciously and intentionally from one stage of life to the next, we can experience the transition with grace and embrace our new role. By contrast when we feel we are thrown unconsciously or unwillingly from one stage to the next, it can create tremendous tumult and resistance, affecting not just our own mental health but those around us as well.
Rites of Passage help us move consciously through our lives, encouraging a deeper awareness of the roles we play and the wisdom we gain in each role. These simple but meaningful ceremonies can help us connect more deeply to ourselves, form tight bonds with our fellow initiates, and walk with grace through whatever stage of life we find ourselves in.
Rites of passage allow us the necessary time for reflection to close, recognize and say goodbye to the stage of life we are leaving, and consciously embrace the new phase of life we are entering into.
Ewassa Rites of Passage
When organizing rites of passage at Ewassa we typically create a time of quiet reflection, sharing and meditation for the initiate(s), followed by a meaningful ceremony representing the past, transition and future. We also incorporate a time for sharing of advice or wisdom for the next phase of life, and finally welcome in the broader community (close family and friends) at the end of the rite of passage to bear witness and welcome the initiate(s) into the next phase of their life.
The ceremony is unique for each event, tailored to the transition of life you are celebrating and your religious or spiritual beliefs.
If you are interesting in organizing a rite of passage for yourself, a family member or a group of friends, please contact Elizabeth. We will schedule a phone interview to discuss your transition, timeframe and interests for the ceremony, and then provide an estimate and proposal for the rite of passage.