Who is the Rites of Passage Project for?

The Rites of Passage Project is space of healing & reclamation specifically for cis and trans women,

and also includes space for non-binary and gender fluid people who are oriented toward the Feminine energy,

and who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.

In the future we would love to see other collectives create a House that truly celebrates the initiations of non-binary people.


*Our live events are open to audiences of all genders. 

Is this a live event? Is it open to the public?

The Rites of Passage Project uses live performance, art, writing, photography & film to educate and inspire women + femmes of all ages to claim their rites of passage. The first live event happened over 3 nights in June of 2013. The NEXT LIVE EVENT "Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision"will take place over 8 days + nights in August of 2021.  20/20 Vision includes *a living museum of performance, ritual and multimedia art, * daytime workshops, *discussion panels + special nightly music performances.

How much does it cost?

Yes! Tickets to the live performance are sliding scale $25-50 sliding scale general admission. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. We also offer discounted tickets to local BIPOC communities, youth and single mothers.

Does it take place in a real house? Or is that a metaphor?

Yes! The live event takes place in a real house. Rites of Passage places a deliberate emphasis on using an actual house, as opposed to another formal institution or gallery space. A house speaks to the interiority of our private lives; we invite audiences to literally walk through the intimate places of our life experience, one room at a time.

Where does it take place?

Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision will take place in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. (Exact Location TBA.)

When is it?

Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision is slated to take place over 8 days and nights from AUGUST 13th -21st, 2021.

How many artists are involved?

From start to finish, we anticipate that Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision will involve around 90 local + national artists and collaborators.

Currently the project involves 55 women + femmes. Learn more about us here. 

Is it just for women? 

Rites of Passage is a project designed specifically by and for women + femmes to  explore the concept of initiation. We believe that all people - including cis and trans men - also need to see, hear and honor women's stories.

Does this project have space for trans & non-binary folks?

Rites of Passage is dedicated to offering a safe and fertile space of co-creation for cis + trans people who identify as either women or femmes, or two-spirit folks who resonate with our mission of serving women and feminine beings, and celebrating the Feminine archetype in our world. This project is not for cis or trans men, or those who identify strongly with the Masculine archetype, although we welcome and encourage these folks to experience the public event, and to support us as volunteers.

While we honor the plurality of gender experience, we also believe that women + femmes need and benefit from containers specifically for our healing and expression.

Is it just for women of color?

While the Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision is for women of all backgrounds and ethnicities, the 20/20 Vision live production is focused on centering the voices and art of Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Women of Color in the US, who have been silenced for far too long. We believe these voices specifically have the medicine we need collectively, to create a more just, viable and empowered future for all beings.

Can kids come?

Yes for sure! The project is best viewed by children ages 5 and up. Babies in arms welcome.

Can I be involved? How?

Besides coming to see the live event or participate in our workshops, we welcome volunteers of all genders and ages from now till September of 2021. Please fill out a Volunteer Application here and share your interests and skill sets with us.  We are also fundraising $300K this year to fund the live production of 20/20 Vision. We welcome tax-deductible donations of all sizes.  We are also weaving a virtual community through The Rites of Passage Resilience Collective on Patreon. 

If you are BIPOC woman or femme artist and would like to contribute work, cure-ate a room, perform with us, or if you are a professional interested in joining our Production Team, please learn more here and fill out an Collaborator Application. If you are a young person interested in interning with us, fill out an Intern Application here.




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Artwork Credits:
Initiation: Cynthia Atwood + Sarah Nicholson, The Re-Birth Canal 
Ritual Art + Performance: Krysia Kurzyca, After All is Said & Done
Healing Justice: Cathy Fisch, The Web
Embodying The Feminine: Cindy Parrish (still of film), Animus

Photos courtesy of Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Peggy Reeves, Krysia Kurzyca, and David Benson

All photos and text © 2020 The Rites of Passage Project