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our intent

"Beyond the Threshold is a group of men and women who aim to create an embodied practice of courageous communication that supports our own growth. We celebrate as we guide ourselves and others into a deeper relationship with nature, one which is empowering, life-affirming and sustainable"

beyond the threshold

We offer nature based rites of passage in the form of intentional day walks and vision fasts in Western Australia and Victoria. Subject to community response, we also offer training of rite of passage guides.

We acknowledge that the arc of a human life includes an accumulation of initiatory experiences - some large, others less so. The interplay of growth and decay of these experiences form, in part, the essence of our life.

And so it is that we have chosen to offer nature based programs as a time-honored way for individuals to mark and make meaning of their own transitions.

guides

Simeon Ayres

Simeon Ayres

After a lifetime of self-discovery, through contemplation and meditation, Simeon was content with the quiet life of a baker, a miller and a farmer, until he discovered Beyond the Threshold and the vision fast in 2012... and was floored by its potency as a transformational tool. He returned from the west a different man, intent on the discovery of his own indigenous soul and the myriad pathways back to a direct and visionary meeting with nature.

He completed the guide's training in 2013 and commenced working with BTT to bring the vision fast and day walk back home to Victoria. These are now firmly established in the great forested granite hills of the Strathbogie Ranges where he lives with his family.

These days, you will find Sim wandering the hills and valleys, a pathfinder, a mapmaker, a story-teller, and a lover of wild places. Sim is a man committed to ceremony and the place where nature and psyche meet.

Richard Beavitt

Richard Beavitt

Since finishing a music degree as a young man, Richard has pursued a life discovering what it is that makes him 'tick'... the last 30 years have seen him involved in menswork, maintaining a commitment to the art of aikido, somatic work, several periods of roaming the inner landscapes of Jungian therapy, as well as negotiating the learning curves of parenthood. It was (is) this latter 'education' that led to an involvement in rites of passage work with teenage boys and thence, under the auspices of Beyond the Threshold, also with adults.

As his gaze moved out into the world he has sought answers to questions about what it is that allows people to form 'community'. How can this be made a resilient process for those involved? A recent honours degree explored the nature of community and proposed ways that we may usefully negotiate the demands of liminal space it periodically contains. This particular enquiry grew, in part, from his own embodied experiences of liminality working as a rites of passage facilitator and vision fast guide.

He was a participant on the first vision fast that Beyond the Threshold ran in WA. He regularly attended subsequent fasts as an assistant, and completed a training as a vision fast guide with Betsy Perluss in 2013. He co-led the inaugural men's vision fast in WA with Gary Williams in 2014.

Reijer Groenveld

Reijer Groenveld

Family man, father, colleague, and friendship, are some of the ways Reijer engages with life. Passionately drawn to the nurturing of community, Reijer has been immersed in Rites of Passage work for over a decade. By daily incorporating practices such as mindfulness, clarity and openness, Reijer brings a sense of nurture, 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 Beyond the Threshold. Reijer cares deeply about his family relationships. His gratitude for his own rite-of-passage experiences stems from a fascination with circle and council work.

He is now preparing for his next rite-of-passage into eldership and has recently become a grandfather. In 2011 he went on his own vision fast, engaged with Betsy Perluss in the April 2013 guide training, assisted on a number of subsequent fasts and in 2014 Reijer explored Incorporation of Practices through a month-long training with The School of Lost Borders in the Owens Valley, California.

Annie Robinson

Annie Robinson

Annie has had a 30 year career as a singer, performer, singing teacher and choral director. She has taught at secondary school, TAFE, University and in the community, and has run a private studio for the last twenty years. She is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique having completed her Alexander training in Melbourne in 1992. She currently teaches singing in the Instrumental and Vocal program in State secondary schools.

Annie trained to be a Pathways into Womanhood leader in 2009 and worked on the three subsequent camps for young women that were offered in Perth. In 2011 she was a participant on the second Vision Fast run by Beyond the Threshold. This was so inspirational that she volunteered as an assistant on two subsequent fasts and undertook the training in 2013 to be a Vision Fast guide.

Annie has a lifelong interest in writing, particularly poetry, and has a strong belief in the power of creativity to transform life. She has also been involved in Jungian therapy for over twenty years on and off. Vision fast work has enabled Annie to bring together many different strands of her life and begin weaving them into a coherent whole.

Allan Rudner

Allan Rudner

Allan's passion and commitment is to support people of all ages to navigate significant life transitions. It has been said that Allan's highly tuned reflective mindset is demonstrated when he creates the space for others to grow. He brings wisdom to his facilitation, counselling, and coaching.

For over two decades he has used this capability as a Rites-of-Passage wilderness guide. In 2012 Allan extended his experience by engaging in his own Vision Fast with Beyond The Threshold followed by completing his Vision Fast guides training in 2013 in Western Australia.

Allan is the founder and designer of a number of nature based ventures and programs. Amongst these is The Fire Circle, a very successful regular event on the East Coast of Australia through 2011 and 2012.

Allan's Masters Degree in Cultural Psychology has added considerable value to his work with individuals, groups and organisations.

Glenis Taylor

Glenis Taylor

Through the discovery and nurturing of her own wild, creative spirit, Glenis brings the gifts of joy, warmth and sensitivity into conscious community. As an experienced rite of passage guide she walks beside those who seek to bring aspects of their whole self more alive.

Since 1987, Glenis has largely been teaching English as a Second Language in the secondary and tertiary sectors and she continues to draw upon this broad cultural experience gained in a number of countries. Passion for rites of passage grew stronger through several years of facilitating nature based programs with teens and families, encouraging the growth of healthy communities. Completing her wilderness guide training with Rites of Passage Inc in 2008 led to the establishment of Beyond the Threshold in 2009 in partnership with her husband Gary Williams.

Her regular personal practice of the vision fast, both in the Australian landscape and with the School of Lost Borders in the USA, supports Glenis in the embodiment of this work in her life.

Gary Williams

Gary Williams

Through his continuing life journey of internal reconciliation and self-acceptance, Gary offers the gifts of new growth potential, gratitude and the celebration of being alive. He has been actively involved with men's health and wellbeing initiatives for over 20 years and specifically with mixed gender nature based rite of passage work since 2005. He completed his training as a wilderness guide with The School of Lost Borders in 2007.

Gary's previous 20-year work history was as CEO of two organizations within the NGO sector, specializing in alcohol and drug rehabilitation and more recently in mental health and recovery. He retains strong and committed relationships within both fields and is an accredited, national facilitator trainer predominately with mental health.

As a result of the profound yet subtle influences this form of nature based rites of passage offers, Gary together with his wife and partner, Glenis Taylor founded Beyond the Threshold in 2009.

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