Animas Valley Institute
Animas Valley Institute — founded in 1980 — offers multi-day, nature-based, experiential explorations into the depths and wilds of soul for the purpose of discovering the unique, mysterious identity at the heart of each life.
The Institute is one of North America’s longest-standing organizations offering contemporary wilderness rites.
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Who We Are
Animas is a nonprofit, team-led organization of over 20 guides, many volunteers, and three staff with offices in Durango, Colorado, USA. Since 2008, we have structured ourselves as a non-hierarchical, team-led, service organization…
What We Do
Founded in 1980, the institute offers a rich assortment of journeys into the mysteries of nature and psyche, including soulcraft intensives, contemporary vision fasts, and training programs for nature-based soul guides.
Learn more about Bill Plotkin, the founder of Animas Valley Institute.