The Midlife Passage


Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:00am to Sun, 02/19/2017 - 3:00pm

Join us in a 5-day rites of passage program for adults with a handpicked team of experienced guides. Led by Adam Rumack and Miriam Tassone, the executive co-directors of
The Ojai Foundation.

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Answer the call to step off the treadmill of life, to feel the ground beneath you, to breathe, and to re-connect with purpose and meaning.

What is the midlife passage?

It is a period of intense personal transformation experienced at some point in the middle years—anywhere between ages 30-55. This period is marked by the passing of youth, coupled with a growing awareness of our own mortality. In our society, this transitional time is often described as the “midlife crisis.” Our culture today has lost the mythic road map that helps locate a person in a larger context.  Lost are the ancient ceremonies that once ushered a person safely through transition, across the threshold of “what was” and into the space of “what might be.”


What needs to die inside of you to create space for something new to emerge?

We all hold on to ideologies, habits, attachments, and dependencies that pacify the anxieties of adulthood. The transit of this passage often results in a fiery clash between the demands of the socialized self (who you’ve become) and the desires of your authentic, true self. That is why it is necessary to mark, honor, and experience this transition—to get closer to your authentic potential and to earn the wisdom of mature aging.


This is not a “retreat” from life, but a deep dive into who you’ve been, who you are, and who you may become.

During this week you will confront your fears without the distraction of everyday life and take full responsibility for your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Yes, during the middle passage we will still have obligations… But we must take time for ourselves in order to find that person who is at the heart of our life.

Through the practice of council, the core offering of The Ojai Foundation, we will engage in heartfelt and mindful group discussion with the support of experienced facilitators in order to discover what is present within each individual. The fundamental result of the middle passage is humble, deep listening… out of this experience comes new life.


“The gift you carry for others is not an attempt to save the world,
but to fully belong to it.”

-Bill Plotkin

What to Expect:

·       the practice of council—listening and speaking from the heart

·       embodiment practices including yoga and meditation

·       medicine wheel (wheel of life) teachings with TOF elder, Lola Rae Long

·       Samu—the practice of mindful service on the land

·       a 12-hour wilderness fast followed by a sweat ceremony

·       solo time

·       accommodations and vegetarian meals on our 40-acre land sanctuary


Interested? Email or call us at 805-646-8343, ext. 123 for more information or click here to register.


This event is also held in support of Carol Grojean’s PhD research exploring the role of ceremony, rituals, and rites of passages in facilitating individual, transformational learning in support of the midlife passage, thereby cultivating greater health and wellbeing to the whole—the global community.

Her journey, and thus the basis of her work, has been through the remembrance of our indigenous ways of being in the world - those ceremonies and rites of passages that help facilitate our growth through death (not physical death but death of the ego).  Considered an anthropologist of modern day Western culture, Carol’s research is an auto-ethnographic self-reflection that explores her personal experiences in various ceremonies and connects her story to wider cultural, political, and social meanings. You can learn more about her journey here.