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"Darcy's leadership in rites of passage has a unique potency. Her gift of insight into the human process transcends the wisdom of lifetimes, which is complimented by her considerable organizational skills. I feel as though I am still learning from Darcy years after my experience working with her."

Rae Reitz, Education Coordinator
Dragonfly Transitions

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"Darcy's leadership in rites of passage has a unique potency. Her gift of insight into the human process transcends the wisdom of lifetimes, which is complimented by her considerable organizational skills. I feel as though I am still learning from Darcy years after my experience working with her."

Rae Reitz, Education Coordinator
Dragonfly Transitions

Tying the Threads of the Past to the Future: TedxSnoIsleLibraries

Watch Darcy's recent TedxSnoIsleLibraries talk about community-recognized rites of passage for young people. Darcy makes a case that meaningful initiation could be the key to our survival as a species. This talk was given in Edmonds, Washington, 2016.

 
Photo by David Moskowitz

Photo by David Moskowitz

Restoring Rites of Passage for Youth: Two-Week Leadership Intensive

This two-week immersion will give you a current and comprehensive framework and set of tools to soulfully mentor youth through rite of passage ceremonies, powerfully connect with your personal gifts and ancestral inheritance, and begin building your niche in this culture-transforming work.

Photo provided by School of Lost Borders

Photo provided by School of Lost Borders

Teaching and Facilitation

I offer classes, workshops, and presentations on rites of passage and a wide range of related topics around the United States and beyond, as well as offering facilitation for ceremonies, meetings, and events. I am well-respected internationally for my work in rites of passage, as well as my effectiveness as a facilitator in a range of contexts.  My teaching and presentation styles are both soulful and intellectually stimulating, while remaining widely accessible.

Photo by Clementine Wilson

Photo by Clementine Wilson

Mentoring

Darcy is available to provide one-on-one mentoring. If in looking through these pages, you feel that I can serve you on your journey through your own transformation, your development as a guide for young people, or your development as an authentic leader, please contact me to express your interest.

 

Darcy Ottey: My Work and Approach

Rites of Passage have been a key part of my life since my own Coming of Age experience when I was 13. I have guided hundreds of youth and adults through wilderness-based initiatory experiences, for such diverse institutions as Aspen Youth Alternatives, Outward Bound, and others. I was the Executive Director of Rite of Passage Journeys from 2006 - 2011, and the Rite of Passage Supervisor/Interim Program Director of Pacific Quest. Most recently, I helped to birth Youth Passageways, a diverse network of individuals, organizations, and communities working to support the initiation of young people into mature adulthood in these transition times.  I hold an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle. Read More >

Photo by Clementine Wilson, Hawaii 2016

Photo by Clementine Wilson, Hawaii 2016