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A village with unique gifts to be shared, appreciated and honored

Courage is needed to slow down, re-member, and express our love for humanity through building an eco-village as our pathway to do this healing work collectively with the human and more than human worlds.

Adult Apprenticeship for Wilderness & Montessori Erdkinder Farm Mentorship Program - April 8-June 3, 2024

SOL Gratitude Village is learning village through the experience of building an eco-village and intentional community with the learning community, Through this integrative experience, the SOL eco-village invites community of families, adults, youth and elders  to join us in this journey of experiential learning prioritizes sustainability, ecological responsibility, and social harmony.


SOL village's intention is to minimize the environmental impact while promoting a high quality of life for the villagers. SOL village embraced the principles of sustainable architecture and urban planning. This includes energy-efficient buildings, use of renewable energy sources like solar or wind power, water conservation measures, and waste reduction and recycling systems.


Permaculture and organic farming are also incorporated through permaculture principles and design to create sustainable food systems. This can include community gardens, orchards, and livestock management that prioritize ecological health and food sovereignty.


Tribal living emphasizes strong community bonds and cooperative living arrangements. Our villagers often share resources such as tools, vehicles, and communal spaces like kitchens or recreational areas. Our village rotates cooking duties and enjoy our communal dinner daily as a family. 


In addition to environmental sustainability, SOL Village focuses on social and cultural well-being. This can include activities such as community events, educational programs, skill-sharing workshops, and fostering a sense of belonging and inclusivity among villagers and outside community.

SOL village is located on a 101-acre pristine wilderness land which allows the villagers to have a close connection to nature. This proximity to natural environments encourages outdoor activities, environmental stewardship, and appreciation for biodiversity.


At this building stage of development of SOL Gratitude Village, one of our emphases is to focus on education as our pillar and engage in outreach efforts to promote sustainability principles to the wider community. We are currently hosting a series of wilderness skills and farm building and engineering workshops to youth and adults, offering tours, works-stay and apprenticeships, and collaborating with schools and colleges on sustainability initiatives.


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One of the village traditions came to our attention and fascination, it is the Dagara Tribe in West Africa.


The Dagara people, an ethnic group primarily found in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and parts of Côte d'Ivoire, have a rich cultural and spiritual tradition. The wisdom of the Dagara tradition is deeply rooted in their spiritual beliefs, rituals, and practices.


The Dagara people believe in the presence and influence of ancestors in their daily lives. They venerate their ancestors, seeking guidance, protection, and wisdom from the spirits of their departed loved ones. Ancestor rituals and ceremonies play a significant role in maintaining ancestral connections and seeking blessings for the community.


Dagara cosmology revolves around the belief in a profound interconnectedness between humans, the natural world, and the spiritual realm. They view all of creation as part of a living, dynamic system, and their rituals often honor natural elements, such as trees, rivers, and animals.


Rituals are essential in Dagara tradition. They mark various life stages, such as birth, initiation, marriage, and death. Rituals are also performed to seek guidance, healing, and protection from spiritual forces. Rituals often involve dance, drumming, and trance-like states to connect with the spirit world.


The Dagara have diviners or shamans who act as intermediaries between the spirit world and the living. Divination is used to diagnose illnesses, solve problems, and gain insights into the causes of individual or community issues. Spiritual healing practices involve restoring harmony and balance to individuals or communities through rituals and remedies.


The wisdom of the Dagara tradition emphasizes the importance of community life. The well-being of the individual is closely tied to the well-being of the community, and they value cooperation, mutual support, and shared responsibilities.


Dagara wisdom is passed down through oral tradition and storytelling. Elders play a crucial role in preserving and transmitting cultural knowledge, history, and spiritual teachings to younger generations.


Dreams hold significant meaning in Dagara culture. They believe that dreams are messages from the spirit world and can offer insights, guidance, and warnings. Dreamwork is an important practice for understanding and interpreting these messages.


Dagara society places a high value on respecting elders and their accumulated wisdom. The knowledge and experience of the older generation are considered vital resources for the community's well-being.


The wisdom of the Dagara tradition is deeply embedded in their spiritual worldview, guiding their way of life, social structure, and relationships. It is essential to approach their cultural practices with respect and sensitivity, recognizing that their beliefs and traditions have evolved over generations and continue to be relevant in their lives today.

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Sol Wilderness Rites of Passage

Rites of passage are ceremonial events or rituals that mark significant transitions in an individual's life, signifying a change in social or personal status. These rites are found in various cultures and societies around the world and typically serve to acknowledge and celebrate key life transitions. Rites of passage often involve a series of activities, rituals, or tests that symbolize the individual's journey from one life stage to another.

The concept of rites of passage was first introduced by anthropologist Arnold van Gennep in the early 20th century. He identified three distinct phases within a rite of passage:

  1. Separation: The first phase involves the individual's detachment from their previous status or social role. This may involve physical seclusion from the community or symbolic actions that represent leaving behind the old identity.

  2. Transition (or liminality): During this phase, the individual exists in an in-between or liminal state, not fully belonging to their previous status but not yet integrated into the new role. It is a period of transition and transformation.

  3. Incorporation: In the final phase, the individual is reintegrated into the community with their new status and role recognized and celebrated. This phase represents the completion of the rite of passage and the individual's acceptance into their new social position.

Common examples of rites of passage include:

  1. Birth and Naming Ceremonies: Celebrations that welcome a newborn into the family and community, often accompanied by the giving of a name.

  2. Coming-of-Age Ceremonies: Marking the transition from childhood to adulthood, such as bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, or indigenous initiation ceremonies.

  3. Marriage Ceremonies: Formalizing the union between two individuals and symbolizing their new status as a married couple.

  4. Graduation Ceremonies: Celebrating the completion of an educational stage and the transition to the next level of education or the workforce.

  5. Funerals and Memorial Services: Acknowledging the passing of an individual and their transition into the afterlife or spiritual realm.

Rites of passage play a crucial role in reinforcing cultural norms, values, and beliefs. They provide a sense of identity, continuity, and social cohesion within a community. Additionally, these rituals offer individuals a sense of purpose and guidance during significant life changes, helping them navigate new roles and responsibilities with the support of their community.

Sol Wilderness 

Fridays wilderness immersion & nature apprenticeship for homeschoolers

ages 9-11 | ages 12-14 | ages 15-18

Time: Fridays 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sol Wild Within

Monthly teens weekend wilderness immersion & nature apprenticeship

ages 12-14 | ages 15-18

Time: Saturday - Sunday 

Sol Earth & Sol Water Journeys

Early Childhood & Elementary Forest Montessori Village

ages 3-12

Time: Mondays - Thursdays 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Please email solgratitudevillage@gmail.com for more information, tours and registration.

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Ritual . Community . Healing

"A ritual is a tribute to the human capacity to create, remember, and imagine, and to apply that imagination for the benefit of the community. One of the greatest barriers to memory and imagination is the lack of self-trust, for if you don't trust yourself to be involved in transforming that which needs to be changed, then you end up waiting for someone else to come along and do the work for you. This leads to a constant state of dependence on some external authority, when the means to achieving what you want sits within yourself. Ritual, community, and healing, these three are so intertwined in the indigenous world that to speak of one of them is to speak of them all. 

Ritual, communally designed, helps the individual remember his or her purpose, and such remembering brings healing both to the individual and the community.


The community exists, in part, to safeguard the purpose of each person within it and to awaken the memory of that purpose by recognizing the unique gifts each individual brings to this world. 

Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity - the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom and reconnects with the world of Spirit. 

Human beings long for connection, and our sense of usefulness derives from the feeling of connectedness. When we are connected - to our purpose, to community around us, and to our spiritual wisdom - we are able to live and act with authentic effectiveness. 

In order for ritual to manifest its full power, it must be connected to the world of nature, and to this topic we now turn. To attend to Spirit, for indigenous people, is to attend to the geography in which you find yourself. we must try, therefore, to understand the indigenous experiences of nature." Malidoma Patrice Some, The Healing Wisdom of Africa


We honor our ancestors, elders, youth and you. We hold the spirit of listening sacredly and embrace you to enter this courageous and loving space to express your full authentic and vulnerable self. What is your life purpose? Perhaps that has already been agreed between you and your ancestors and all you need is to re-member in a community in which you are held to rise and fall. Perhaps with the re-membering, you discover your true human potential through unwrapping the wounds and trauma gracefully so you can share your unique gifts. This is Sol is here for, to support your healing journey and to walk together fiercely, yet gracefully, to listen, to create, to share, and to serve. 

At Sol, we hold gatherings, ecstatic dance, holistic healing workshops, retreats, ceremonies and rites of passage for youth and adults through the connection between the natural world and the awareness of our body and senses.


We would love to welcome you to be a part of Sol. We look forward to having you! Connect with us and learn more.

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