Sources of Inspiration

We want to build a platform that can be embraced by and will allow for many different ways, traditions and approaches. Please see the list below therefore as our starting point, showing some of the people and stories that have inspired us to start The Journey Network. We’re looking forward to keep adding to this list as TJN grows.

Joseph Campbell‘s work on the ‘monomyth’ or ‘the hero’s journey’ layed out in his book ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces

C.G. Jung‘s and his follower’s work on individuation.

Meredith Little and Steven Foster’s work on nature based rites of passage. The School of Lost Borders is the organization they founded for this work.

Bill Plotkin‘s work on the journey through adolescence into true authentic adulthood. Animas Valley Institute is the organization he founded to be a vehicle for his work.

Michael Meade‘s work on initiation and rites of passage. See Mosaic Multicultural Foundation.



One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

– from 'The Journey' by Mary Oliver