Rite of Passage Facilitator
Aidoneus Åjjveålmáj, is a Pite Sámi wilderness guide, OneCircle Foundation certified council facilitator, outdoor educator, rite of passage guide, 2nd Founder of WildWise School, and spiritual advisor with focus on his indigenous cultural perspective of the Fennoscandia.
A trauma-informed educator, father of six, former Boy Scout Leader, United States Marine, chef, entrepreneur, restaurateur, Information Technology Executive, and Engineer, Aidoneus now works with organizations throughout the world on social justice issues, sovereignty, treaty rights, indigenous ceremony protection and preservation, cultural appropriation, ancestral studies, entheogenic rituals, indigenous rights and rites, Sámi and Germanic Tribal education and reclamation, and is an environmental and social activist. He is a Swordsman, Wilderness First Responder, certified Northwest Naturalist, and a steward with the Jefferson Land Trust.
Aidoneus has been formally trained and has extensive life experience with survival in the harshest of environments. Underneath all of the quiet and seemingly intimidating and gruff exterior is a big heart and a love for educating, mentoring, and caring for children, to share his experiences with them, inspiring them to never stop learning, and always question the meaning of world they see.
Aidoneus was key in the coordination and founding of a youth Summer meal program in North Kitsap with Rotary, Kiwanis, local food banks, and the NKSD, he founded and operated a mobile meal service focused on providing shelter and meals to homeless youth in North Kitsap, and is a savvy and respected business leader, being recognized as one of the top business leaders in his community under the age of 40, in 2013. Aidoneus has served on the Board of Directors of six non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Pacific Sámi Searvi, Wilderness Guides Council, Youth Passageways, Sons of Norway, and also guides youth and adults with Rite of Passage Journeys.
Aidoneus focuses instruction on Bidumsámegiella (Pite Sámi), Old Norse & Old Germanic languages, medieval weapons and combat techniques, Sámi and Germanic culture, history, orienteering, rites of passage, mountain & wilderness survival, defensive arts, blacksmithing, tracking, ethics, lore, backpacking, edible and medicinal plants, archery, discipline, hand-to-hand techniques, rituals and practices, and ancestral skills