“Rites-of-passage is more important than ever for youth to satisfy a need for meaning and to do something symbolic to represent a coming of age.”
Hilo, HI (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Pacific Quest, an outdoor therapeutic program in Hawaii, is very pleased to welcome Darcy Ottey as the new Rites of Passage Supervisor. In this role, Darcy will develop and assist students in conducting an individualized ceremonial experience, initiating adolescents into the roles and responsibilities of early adulthood. As Darcy states, “Rites-of-passage is more important than ever for youth to satisfy a need for meaning and to do something symbolic to represent a coming of age.” PQ’s rites-of-passage experience is provided In the context of a top notch experiential treatment program combining aspects of horticultural therapy, wilderness therapy, and residential treatment for at-risk youth. Darcy’s states, “My goal in this position is to work towards lengthening and intensifying the rite of passage experience for students, in ways that are individualized to mark their personal transition, integrated in the program’s curriculum and philosophy, and deeply impactful.”
Since her Coming of Age experience at age thirteen, Darcy Ottey has been passionate about the importance of intentional rites of passage in the lives of young people. She has guided and mentored young people for more than fifteen years in programs such as Outward Bound and Aspen Youth Alternatives. Most recently, Darcy served as Executive Director of Rite of Passage Journeys. Darcy is a member of both national and international affiliations striving to bring rites of passage into the lives of all young people, adults, and elders in our communities, and speaks and teaches widely. Additionally, she has consulted with outdoor programs regarding risk management, staff training, and rite of passage programs development. She holds an MA in Environment & Community from Antioch University Seattle, with an emphasis on leadership development. Darcy is thrilled to be part of the Pacific Quest team, helping to deepen students' experience through this transformative component of the program. When she's not at work, Darcy enjoys yoga, dancing, being outside, and is hard at work on her first book.
About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their wilderness programs offer a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, going beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills. Pacific Quest’s proprietary therapeutic model is a groundbreaking approach that uses organic gardening to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness. Pacific Quest provides an environment that allows for a true discovery process for its students, a place that is safe, structured, experiential and natural. Owned and operated by a veteran team of professionals with hundreds of years of combined wilderness program experience, Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to treatment that is individualized for each student.