Effective development work takes place within safe and contained spaces, where we can experiment with new ways of being, without becoming overwhelmed by social pressures. In this chapter we will explore the central principles of the ‘rites of passage’ those threshold or liminal experiences that enable the transition between roles in traditional societies and will consider the consider the implications for Jungian coaching, particularly in the context of modern leadership development programmes. We will examine the archetypal nature of these experiences and the way in which they may enable the individuation of both individuals and their societies.