Call of the Wild - Resources

Call of the Wild >> Invitations to Adventure & Rites of Passage

A library of resources relating to: rites of passage, ecology, belonging, trauma, the underworld, illness, romanticism, myth, psyche, culture-tending, cosmology.

*All articles contain a link to their original source on the web. I have taken the time to transfer many of the articles onto custom Google Docs for the purposes of this library, after experiencing the disappearance of some valuable resource links from the web.

All rights reserved to original owners.

Rites of Passage Resources

Articles & Documents

Great Quotes

Illness Quotes

Vigil as Devotional Watching - by Angharad Wynne

Rites of Alignment in a New Global World - by Meredith Little

Joseph Campbell and the Grail Myth - Jules Cashford

Living in the Borderland - Jerome Bernstein

Mara, Buddha & Belonging - Joanna Macy

Dialoguing with Mara - Joanna Macy

Healing Our Split: Participation Mystique and C.G. Jung - Jerome Bernstein

The Fantasy of Safety through Power: The psycho-political philosophy of The Lord of the Rings - by Rupert Read

Avatar: A call to save the future - by Rupert Read

Avatar: A transformed cinema; a transformation of self, (and then) a transformation of world - by Rupert Read, Oct 2013

The Sword and the Grail - by John Adcox

The Medicine Wheel as a Symbol of Native American Psychology - by Timothy c. Thomason

Rapunzel: Myths, Dreams, Symbols - by Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.

Cancer as a Rite of Passage - by Petra Lentz Snow, 2013

Keepers of the Earth - by Jeannette Armstrong

Rites of Passage and the Story of Our Times - by Will Scott

Thomas Berry Interview - by Peter Reason

On Soul, Character and Calling: A Conversation with James Hillman - by Scott London

Ecopsychology - by John Seed

The Inner Reaches of Outer Space - by Joseph Campbell

Thomas Berry 101 - by Drew Dellinger

Excerpts from Consolations: : The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words - by David Whyte

Maps of Meaning - by Jordan Peterson

Precis of Maps of Meaning - by Jordan Peterson

Donald Kalsched Interview: Trauma and the Soul - by Van Waddy

The Unconscious - by Raymond Lloyd Richmond

Are We Possessed? - by Paul Levy

Is There Another Way of Looking at So-Called Mental Illness? - by Jonathan Davis

Descending to the transcendent: Reversing the direction of an upside down life in a both/and world

Discharging Your Loyal Soldier - by Fr. Richard Rohr

Origins of Life - by Tim Requarth

The Power of Symbols - by Alex Warren

Modern Mythology - by Sabine Leitner

Change the Worldview, Change the World - by Drew Dellinger

Seeing Wetiko: On Capitalism, Mind Viruses, & Antidotes for a World in Transition - by Alnoor Ladha, Martin Kirk

The Moral Threat of Compartmentalisation - by Cécile Rozuel

Unlocking the Secrets of the Wounded Psyche - Donald Kalsched interviewed by Daniela Seiff

Keeping the Smoke Hole Open - by Martin Shaw

Rough Initiations - by Francis Weller

Mike Stevenson and the Owl

Treasures from the Underworld (incl. the Underworld of Illness)

The Descent into the Underworld - two stories - Inanna, and Orpheus & Eurodice

INTO THE DARK LIGHT: Depression and the Spiritual Journey By Elizabeth Rabia Roberts

Orpheus and Eurydice

Esoteric/Initiatory Interpretation of Pinocchio - by The Vigilant Citizen, 2009

8 Books for Summer Reading List if You Have Chronic Illness

The Poetry of Illness - by Julianna S. Parker

Poetry of Illness 2

Inanna Descent into the Underworld

Inanna’s Descent - A Depth Psychological Perspective - by D. Scott Stanley

Descent Inanna: Journey Through Ancient Sumerian Goddess Myth, by Jalaja Bonheim, with Gwen Jones and Rover (audio CD, worth finding)

The Earth Gnome - by Dr Martin Shaw

The Alchemy of Illness - by Kat Duff (book)

A Friend Who Cares - by Jeff Foster

Romanticism, Mysticism, & Psyche, and the inherent activism within & between them, aka Falling (back) In Love with the World

A Partnership Larger Than Marriage: The Stunning Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell - by Maria Papova

Frida Kahlo’s Passionate Hand-Written Love Letters to Diego Rivera - by Maria Papova

Falling in Love and Loving - by Francesco Alberoni

Divine Madness: Archetypes of Romantic Love - book by John R. Haule

Transmutation - allegorically of lead to gold

Why Good People Do Bad Things - by James Hollis

The Moral Threat of Compartmentalisation: Self, Roles and Responsibility - by Cécile Rozuel

Links to Related Wellsprings

The Fireside Studio - soulful beauty and tonic for the suffering

Regenco - Devon-based organisation committed to furthering the regeneration and reintegration of Land, People and Spirit

Martin Shaw - teacher of the mythic imagination, Martin Shaw is a mythologist, rites of passage guide, master storyteller and author (site is a gateway to Martin's books, and some of his interviews, recordings, and essays)

Martin Shaw blog - mythteller, author, rites of passage guide

Wilderness Guides Network UK - directory of UK based wilderness / rites of passage / vision quest / vigil guides (not comprehensive, but useful)

School of Lost Borders - US-based organisation, a leading pioneer of contemporary rites of passage. Great site for articles.

Animas Valley Institute - US-based, founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980, Animas Valley Institute offers a rich assortment of guided immersions into the mysteries of nature and psyche, as well as training programmes for guides. (Site is also a gateway to Bill Plotkin's books, podcasts and articles etc)


The Book of the Vision Quest - by Steven Foster with Meredith Little

The Roaring of the Sacred River - by Steven Foster with Meredith Little

The Alchemy of Illness - by Kat Duff

A Branch from the Lightning Tree - Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness - by Martin Shaw

Sunship Earth: An Acclimatization Program for Outdoor Learning - by Steve Van Matre

Divine Madness - by John R. Haule

Braiding Sweetgrass - by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche - by Bill Plotkin

Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts) - by James Hollis

Divine Madness: Archetypes of Romantic Love - by John R. Haule

The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defences of the Personal Spirit - by Donald Kalsched

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine - by Robert L. Moore, Douglas Gillette

Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong - by John O'Donohue

A film-philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment - by Rupert Read

Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home - by Toko-Pa Turner

The Wild Edge of Sorrow - by Frances Weller

Children's Books

Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien (of course!)

I Talk Like A River, words by Jordan Scott, pictures by Sydney Smith - theme; relationship with language (stutter) / a natural place for diverse ways of being

The Other Way to Listen, words by Byrd Baylor, pictures by Peter Parnall - theme; relating with the land

Badger's Parting Gifts, words and pictures by Susan Varley - theme; coming to terms with death

Old Hu-Hu, words by Kyle Mewburn, pictures by Rachel Driscoll - theme; coming to terms with death

Where The Wild Things Are, words and pictures by Maurice Sendak - theme; wildness, imagination, and home

The Little Prince, words and pictures by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - theme: what matters most in this life

Frog and Toad

The Boy with Two Eyes

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Bunyip of Berkley's Creek

No Matter What

The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, edited by William J. Bennett - theme; wisdom & inspiration around life's virtues, including self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty and faith

On Wings of Words, The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson - theme; the inspirational richness of a poet's relationship with life


The Smokehole Sessions - podcast conversations with inspirational people, hosted by author and master storyteller, Dr Martin Shaw

This Mythic Life - podcast conversations about cultivating the mythic imagination, hosted by author and teacher, Dr Sharon Blackie

The Mythic Masculine - podcast conversations with storytellers, artists, activists, indigenous leaders, and wisdom keepers, hosted by Ian MacKenzie

The Future is Beautiful - podcast conversations with people whose work and lives are challenging the dominant story, hosted by Amisha Ghadiali

The Emerald - currents and trends through a mythic lens, hosted by Joshua Schrei

Iron John, read by Robert Bly (part 1) -

Clarissa Pinkola Estés - Sounds True interviews with author & mythologist, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, hosted by Tami Simon

Descent Inanna: Journey Through Ancient Sumerian Goddess Myth, by Jalaja Bonheim, with Gwen Jones and Rover (audio CD, worth finding)

Robert Bly

Moving Image

Joseph Campbell

Coming of Age in the Wilderness - with Steven Foster and Meredith Little. Nine youths perform a ten-day initiation ceremony, at the heart of which is a three day and night solo fast in the high desert of the Inyo Mountains in eastern California. On their return the initiates are greeted by teachers and family who listen as they attempt to come to terms with death, torn families, the deep frustration of adolescence, and with powerful resolve to make the transition to adulthood.

Meredith Little Video Interview 2013

Academy of Ideas video library of content (much of it free), examining and explaining ideas put forth by some of humanity's greatest philosophers, psychologists and economists

Eowyn's Sword - a six-part video series dedicated to exploring how a deeper understanding of Lord of the Rings could restore the best of Western civilization. Created by Canada-based Loralee Scaife.

Jordan Peterson on Pinocchio as a Rite of Passage, Jan 2017

Depth Insight into Pinocchio

Practical Access to Wilderness Quests and Related Work

Regenco - Devon/UK-based organisation committed to furthering the regeneration and reintegration of Land, People and Spirit

The Wisdom in Nature Network, UK - A directory of Rites of Passage guides, Wilderness Quest guides & Soul in Nature practitioners in the UK and beyond within Europe, for whom English is the common language

Schumacher College, Devon, UK - Elmhurst Programme

Earth Education UK

School of Lost Borders - US-based organisation that co-pioneered contemporary rites of passage

Embercombe - a beautiful 50 acre rewilding estate on the edge of Dartmoor, UK; host to rites of passage programmes, courses, events, land-based apprenticeships, and also to regular online offerings including talks & workshops

Wild Wise - Devon/UK-based organisation offering a rich programme of nature-based courses and events for adults, children and families