Crossing the threshold
Young people today face one of the most exciting and challenging times of their life – building an independent identity, while moving into the wider world of possible risk and danger. Their physical and mental health depends on the availability of a community that is willing to help navigate the inner and outer changes of the adolescent terrain. Rites of passage can help young people build the confidence they need to make positive life choices.They can also contribute to adolescents finding a sense of belonging, forming strong bonds with multiple generations along the way.
Tides has been running since 2004 and is a ‘sister’ programme to Tracks (Rites of Passage for teenage boys). The early programmes evolved out of men’s and women’s gatherings that had been happening regularly at Tui Community (an intentional residential community at Golden Bay, South Island) for 18 years.