Connect to Yourself  • Discover Your Purpose •  Step Into Your Life

Our Mission  

• Foster community and discover your unique place within society and the natural world

• Affirm your life journey through new challenges and self-reflection

• Cultivate self-trust through deepening relationships 

• Provide therapeutic nature-based experiences for individuals, families and groups

 

What We Do & Why

During difficult times in our lives, we often feel alone and detached from a truly human experience and thus find ourselves turning toward unhealthy patterns and blaming external circumstances.

Oaks Counsel aims to help individuals create an experience in which one is able to be present for their life. Oaks Counsel offers experiences of human and natural connection. Through our programs, a participant can come to know their life is being seen and considered significant by their community. We acknowledge the unique and collect stories we hold, we note successes and struggles, explore ways in which experiences contributes to the development of who we are and who we are growing to become. Together, through storytelling, we uncover the importance and meaning of a life, and we celebrate each it!

The Practice and Process of Rites of Passage

Across different cultures rites of passage practice are used to mark a transition in an individual’s life. Our culture does not offer rite of passage experiences for our youth, leaving young people to create their own experience of moving into adulthood at various stages of their life.  Left to our own devices, people can find themselves involved in risky behaviors such as drug use, promiscuity, unhealthy distractions such as over use of technology, isolation, and defiance, which can lead to depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, and difficult social and family dynamics. These patterns tend to follow us throughout our lives. By offering individuals a container and community while experiencing important life changes, we can be with them through whatever their process looks like. Watching them through the difficult moments as they come through the dark to the other side, we can witness the human experience of resilience as they see their own strengths, gifts, and their ability to find their path and walk it their way.

This model follows a three-stage process that can be said to mirror human nature in contact with Mother Nature. These stages are called severance, threshold, and incorporation.  Severance is the process of letting go, it is to leave everything known behind. At the time of severance, one separates from previous concerns and identities.  Threshold is the process of stepping across limitations of a formed life and beginning the time of testing.  This is where one engages in the process of dying to the old and embracing the new.  It is a time of reflection and creation.  The phase of incorporation is when the hero returns from the journey and takes on being their true selves. With a deeper understanding of who they are and what they offer the world, it is the beginning of living their vision for themselves.  Though Oaks Counsel, participants explore what is being let go of, what is waiting to come in to our lives, and how do we live our new truths.  This process can take place in a number of experiential activities including, solo time in nature, learning and acquiring new skills, storytelling and reflection infused with deep intention and received by the community.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"