Ep 63: Rites of Passage

How did you celebrate graduating from school? What about getting your first job?

As a society, do we honour and celebrate important life transitions appropriately? Whereas many cultures recognise and honour rites of passage, it’s believed that western culture has lost the essence of these critical transitions, leading to stunted developmental growth in all stages of life.

In this heartfelt conversation, Meg Durham and adolescent development expert Dr Arne Rubinstein discuss the importance of rites of passage in our lives and the positive transformation that can occur when we celebrate and honour them appropriately.

Walk away from this conversation with ideas for how you can help honour rites of passage for yourself and the young people in your life.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ The importance of rites of passage in our lives, and how they can transform us from one stage of life to the next.

▫️ The challenges we face in our society to appropriately manage these transitions.

▫️ The positive transformation that can occur when we celebrate and honour the transitions of life.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“​​We live in a community that, instead of honoring and respecting elders, worships youth.”

Dr Arne Rubinstein

“We could be creating healthy rites of passage in our schools and in our adult years, and it would make a huge difference.”

Dr Arne Rubinstein

“Story sharing is the most simple, beautiful and powerful way of creating community and sense of belonging.”

Dr Arne Rubinstein


Dr Arne Rubinstein – Website | Instagram | Linkedin

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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