RITES TOGETHER

Supporting our young people on their journey from childhood to responsible adulthood

                                                   Perth, West Australia

Rites Together is run by trained volunteers who, between them, have decades of experience in health, psychology and human development. We are passionate about integrating a Rites of Passage into our modern society for the sake of our children, and their children too.

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Our People

  • Alan has been involved in Rites of Passage camps and administration for 10 years. He took his son on a Pathways Camp in 2006 and has been involved in many camps since as well as undertaking leadership training. Alan brings a variety of skills to Rites Together including organisational and logistical expertise gained through past occupational training and a desire to make things run as efficiently as possible. He is passionate about giving young people a meaningful transition into adulthood as well as supporting fathers and mothers in accepting and encouraging this most significant change in their lives.

  • As a father of 3 daughters and a small business tradesmen, I bring a different slant of boys Rites of Passage. My family life is full of girls growing up to become young women, with all the issues and joys of this journey. My business life is full of working with young apprentices in the very “blokey world” of construction with an emphasis on changing the attitudes of men in the workplace. Being involved in the camps and the Rites of Passage work is very satisfying and makes me feel happy that we are making a difference.

  • Brian has been actively involved as a volunteer leader in rites of passage camps for the last ten years. He did his leadership training in 2007 after his teenage stepson completed the Pathways to Manhood camp and he became a facilitator on subsequent camps. He has a commitment to helping teenage boys and men find their true potential and take what they learn into the next stage of their life. He has undertaken leadership and facilitator training within Rites Together and other organisations conducting Rites of Passage work. He is a musician, father and step parent, with extended family across the world. He brings a passionate approach to Rites of Passage work tempered by an ability to not take himself seriously when he wants to have fun.

  • David has a daughter & son and now 6 grandchildren. David’s passion in volunteering for our community initially ignited when he launched into bob-a-job with air scouts in Kalgoorlie where he grew up. For the past 50 years David has been involved in groups to lift self-esteem & confidence of our youth and the self-awareness of adults. Over his time David has worked as Nightline Counsellor with Graham Mabury on Nightline at 6PR for 10 years, Co-leading self awareness groups with Institute Human Development for 15 years, Co-ordinating & Leading Outdoor Adventure Camps for Youth at Risk. Currently he is actively involved in Rite of Passage Camps for Boys to Young Men, Circle of Men in Aged Hostels, W.A. Men’s Gathering, Activ Recreation and Aboriginal Reconciliation. 

  • Gavin is a health professional and has been exposed to mental health issues within the community in all age groups. He has worked as a volunteer and leader in rites of passage since 2008, having completed leadership training through the Pathways Foundation and more recently in 2015 with Dr Arne Rubenstein. Gavin is passionate about fostering an understanding of rites of passage work in the community and providing a safe experience for young adults and adults who choose to undertake this journey. He also presents the concepts of Rites of Passage to the broader community in schools and organisations such as the WA Football Commission, the Pharmacy Guild and Rotary. He is a father of three young adults all of who have experienced their own rite of passage.

  • Karen found a passion for this work when her eldest son was in his adolescence and attended a rite of passage manhood weekend. She says “there was something tangibly transformational and beautiful that shifted for him (and for his father), and my heart was bursting with joy to witness that on his return”. And so it was that Karen became involved in this work 10yrs ago, she has also had her daughter and her youngest son pass through it, and continues to want to support others in creating healthy transitions into adulthood. In particular, Karen’s role is with the mothers and their vital part in this process. Karen is actively involved in women’s circles, leadership committees and co-gender groups. A nurse by profession, Karen is also taking time to develop skills in facilitation of womens work, vision fasting in nature and shadow work. She thrives on connection to community and nature and beside her family, loves cycling and tending her garden, chickens and bees!

  • Keith first got involved with Rite of Passage camps when he took his son on a Pathways camp in 2007. From that experience he came to the conclusion that the best thing the reputation of his son's school would be if as many children from the school attended a camp as could possibly convinced into attending. In the time he was at that school, some 42 boys and girls went through the Pathways program. He is very passionate about Rites of Passage. Then a few mother's came to him upset because they really wanted their boys to go through the program but their fathers were not involved with the boys or were unable to take them. He has since taken two boys on Pathways camps.
  • Working on a professional level as an Occupational Therapist, Reijer has volunteered as a leader in Rites of Passage work for the past decade, having a prior association with Pathways since 2007 and undertaking leadership training.  Passionately drawn to the nurturing of community, Reijer imparts a sense a courage, love and grace to all he is involved in. Having been a leader of community circles and in men’s work, Reijer brings his love of nature and country to Rites Together. Reijer cares deeply about his family relationships. His gratitude for rites of passage stems from his own experiences with his 4 children and undertaking his own nature based Rites of Passage work.