What One Man Learns About Fear on a Vision Quest
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After a terrifying night in the forest on a vision quest, a soul seeker learns how to face his fears.
There was no moon when night fell. By the time it was completely dark, I couldn’t see more than 10 inches in front of me. I’d spent a lot of nights in the woods before, but the intensity of this darkness took me completely by surprise. Its soupy blackness absorbed me and my surroundings entirely, and I was trapped inside. I sat less than three miles off California Highway 9, north of Santa Cruz, at the start of a 96-hour vision quest that would last for the next three months. Within a half-mile of me were eight other persons on their own missions, each of whom was seated inside a 10-foot circle, just as I was doing.
Yoga, meditation, jogging in place, and anything else that may cause us to become distracted were also prohibited.
- As I approached the age of 40, I figured a soul-cleansing practice like a vision quest might be beneficial.
- In the opinion of Ringwalt, a psychologist who participated in his first vision quest in 1981, vision quests represent somewhat of a sledgehammer approach to spiritual growth.
- Ringwalt had requested us to come up with questions in advance of our search, and we had done so.
- “Should I sell my car?” is a more effective question than “Where does my soul reside?” During the weeks preceding up to the quest, I set aside a few minutes every day to write down my questions and answers.
- What is it about damsels in distress that I find so appealing?
- While practical in nature, the answers to these questions may also reveal greater truths when viewed as a whole.
- For me, though, those early hours in the dark provided no definitive answers; rather, the questions themselves became uninteresting as the hours passed.
As the thing came to a halt around 15 yards distant and began to pace, my heart was pounding in my chest.
The beast came to a complete stop.then began pacing again.
Anything that was not harmful would have fled.
After a while, the thing scurried away, but another approached from behind me.
Is it possible that I was camping on the outskirts of an animal freeway?
Almost immediately, any romantic conceptions I’d had about the journey were dashed.
When I awakened the next morning, I was startled by the unmistakable slither of a snake moving toward me.
Despite the fact that I couldn’t see anything, I was more fascinated than terrified for some reason.
I felt safe for the first time that night, and I knew I’d be able to make it through.
In order to keep myself occupied throughout my 96-hour period, I developed new habits: preparing for bed, taking off my socks or shirt, and drinking a glass of water.
On day two, I went out and collected sticks for the next nights, which turned out to be a good thing because I ended up hurling them at all kinds of critters.
By the time I went out of my circle at the crack of dawn after the fourth night, I had completely forgotten about my objectives.
The feeling I’d had in the first few hours of my search that all of my burning questions didn’t actually mattered that much had lingered with me throughout the rest of the journey.
In a strange twist of fate, the visceral terror I’d felt had left me feeling more at ease with the anxiety-inducing concerns I’d taken along with me on the search.
I eventually found out that the beast that had visited me on that first night was most likely a large—and harmless—buck, according to Ringwalt.
Once I worked out how I’d made it, I learned I could also turn it off by following the instructions.
Something inside of me changed as a result of that revelation, and it was a shift that was really for the better. For further information, see 4 Secrets for Overcoming Fear and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone.
Modern life moves at a breakneck pace that is frantic and disjointed. We are all too easily disassociated and removed from the living planet, from our Soul, from the Source, from God, or from Spirit, and ultimately from our entire mission. Vision questing has been practiced for millennia by indigenous peoples, mystics, and seekers of spiritual truth in order to gain wisdom and direction, to have authentic and profound encounters with God or Spirit, and to receive spiritual guidance to help them navigate through life’s many challenges and transitions.
The solo experience at the core of a vision quest includes three elements:
1Fasting 2Aloneness, and 3Anonymity Nature, frequently in the form of wildness. A quest is intended to bring about profound transformation in the participants. in their bodies, emotions, brains, and imaginations. This is accomplished by preparation before the quest, education during the quest, and integration afterwards. 1. Fasting causes a shift in one’s state of mind. Our attention becomes more broad-based, more dream-like, and less fixed on rational thought as we progress through the stages of the journey.
- We suddenly find ourselves thinking about individuals or things that we haven’t thought about in years.
- Understanding and expressing your genuine self and voice.
- If “my house is my castle,” then going outside of that castle takes me from my sense of power and self-centeredness, which is a good thing.
- We will not be able to “meet our Maker” if we remain in the world that we (humans) have created.
- Throughout millions of years of interactions with the living Earth, we’ve developed as a species.
- The only way to rediscover our wild, true, and natural selves is to reconnect with Mother Nature herself.
- In 500 B.C., Buddha walked into the forest and fasted beneath the Bodhi Tree, which is still standing today.
- Moses ascended Mt.
In addition to these and other spiritual seekers, there have been a large number of Native Americans, mystics, ascetics, and seekers of spiritual truth who have embarked on quests in order to discover their direction and purpose; come closer to God or Spirit; or have an authentic and profound encounter with the Source of life in order to guide them through the challenges of their times.
Enrollment, Costs, and Cancellations
Participants who register at least 30 days in advance will pay $1395 for the program; those who register after that will pay $1595 for it. Registration is needed in advance, with a non-refundable deposit of $400, with the remaining total due 30 days prior to the commencement of the program, as noted on the registration form. Following receipt of your registration and money, you will be sent a preparation packet that will include a guidebook on vision questing as well as additional information about transportation, equipment, recommended readings, and other topics relating to the experience.
- Take time to consider if you are prepared to accomplish this before making a commitment.
- If you are unable to participate in your planned program due to unforeseen circumstances and you tell us at least one month before your scheduled beginning date, your registration deposit may be applied to another program taking place within one year of your registration.
- A full refund will be issued if Circles of Air and Stone cancels any of its courses for any reason, which happens only in rare cases.
- This can be accomplished by calling or emailing the office.
- We provide this option to a maximum of two participants on each of our programs.
It is possible that the experience of a vision quest may be life-changing, and that it will serve as a watershed moment in key life transformations. We strongly advise that you declare your desire as soon as possible to allow for full planning. Early enrolment makes scheduling easier since courses are frequently oversubscribed; it makes travel preparations simpler and more cost-effective; and it helps to avoid any needless cancellations of programs. It is also possible to arrange vision quests or other programs to fit the demands of organizations that are currently in existence.
A quest or other program can be undertaken by existing groups — such as friends, work colleagues, support groups, and so on — in order to deepen their relationships with Spirit and with one another, to focus on their visions, missions, or core desires, to accelerate a healing process, or to do any of the above.
Between the parties involved, it is possible to work out the costs and logistics. Requests for information are always welcome.
Wilderness Quest & Vision Quest · Rites of Passage · Guiding Wilderness Quests Since 1977
There will be time for participants to share their experiences with one another and with the staff, as well as for just sitting quietly. For the first part of the day, you’ll be exploring the planet in search of your true location, heading in the direction you feel compelled to travel. When you go to the field, safety issues will be addressed again, and you will be assigned a buddy from the group who will be sworn to assist you if the need arises–but you will not see each other unless there is an emergency.
- This will be your final evening together in base camp, when the entire group will gather in council circle, where you will have one final opportunity to express yourself honestly about your hopes and anxieties.
- You will reenact the Wilderness Quest for the following three days and nights, surviving on your own in the midst of nature’s untamed beauty.
- When you are awake, you are caught between two worlds: the inner world of thoughts, sensations, fantasies and the exterior world of chilly night air, warm sun, the sound of a coyote howling, the sight of a lizard doing pushups, and the broad vista of a desert plateau.
- You engage them with your heart and spirit, acknowledging that they are worthy adversaries to be engaged with.
- On a Wilderness Quest, time might seem to stand still, and the quiet of the desert can be quite compelling.
- In that place, the divine dimension is present, and you may access it in a natural way.
- On the final evening, you will construct a circle of stones to symbolise your life, entering it at nightfall and remaining awake until the sunrise free you from your imprisonment.
- You are bearing witness to the death and rebirth of your own body.
- You beg the Spirit to guide you in the right direction.
- It is now necessary to descend off the mountain and begin the trek back to civilization.
- Anna Akhmatova is a Russian actress and writer.
Following the return of participants to base camp, we’ll share a delicious breakfast and then spend the remainder of the day and the following two days exploring the teachings of the Quest, reflecting on the beauty and meaning of each story, as well as the challenges posed by the journey back to civilization.
“How am I supposed to live?” Mirabai wonders, referring to the force that raises mountains.
How can I bring my vision into my reality, into the realm of work, relationships, and everyday life? What steps do I need to take? The energy of the woods has been channeled into us as healing, and it is now flowing out into the world.
The Men’s Wilderness Quest · Rites of Passage · Guiding Wilderness Quests Since 1977
Man’s experience of the Wilderness Quest may be described in a few words: purpose, passion, courage, strength, and heart. These are just a few examples of the emotions that men feel when they choose to participate in this traditional initiation ceremony. During the solitary period, there are three restrictions* that must be adhered to: no food, no people, and no four-wall shelter. (*Please keep in mind that the solo can be tailored to match individual requirements, particularly in cases of medical issues.) It is possible that the Rites of Passage Wilderness Quest will be a great fit for guys who are already involved in a regular men’s group or team.
- Naturalism informs and inspires this program, which considers nature to be the ultimate teacher. This is a nine-day intensive that includes a complete three days of solo fasting in a wilderness setting. You will be guided to your innermost depths by our extensive spiritual framework, which is founded on holy traditions and our more than three decades of experience in this field
- Our program has a maximum of 10 participants
- This is not a collective initiation, but rather an individual journey of confirmation that will be unique to each guy. In order to establish a safe and strong container for the work, however, we employ methods such as Council.
This work follows the ancient pattern of the hero’s journey, where the hero goes to a wild place and faces the many challenges that await him there, with the support of the spirits that know his true purpose.The journey can be looked at in three stages:
Starting as soon as you register, you will be immersed in the Severancestage, which will last for the first three days of the program. While we’re here, we’ll work with each guy to identify his intentions: what are you searching for, what changes are you marking, what do you want to receive, what difficulties do you anticipate to encounter, what needs to die, and what is ready to be born? During this session, we’ll learn about Council and its five objectives, so that we can sit together and express our hearts; and other vital instruments like as the Medicine Wheel, the Purpose Circle, and the Death Lodge.
The program begins on the fourth morning, when you cross the Threshold, and you begin three full days of isolation in a wilderness location of your choosing.
During this period, you will have all of the forces and spirits of nature, as well as your own spiritual guidance, ancestors, and the voice of your own soul, as possible friends in your battle.
You will begin the process of re-entering the world that you left behind at this point.
The Men’s Wilderness QuestBy Munro Sickafoose
At the age of 40, I participated in a ceremonial fast for the first time. Despite the fact that I was well past my physical adolescence, there remained a part of me that felt like I had not yet fully matured. I was terrified of spending those days and nights alone on the mountain, and I was much more terrified that I would be unable to complete the task, that I would fail in some way. When I returned to my room that evening, I was awakened by a strong desert thunderstorm, with rain and lightning that kept me up for much of the night.
- The four days went by far more quickly than I could have anticipated.
- That was about 15 years ago, and I’ve fasted on several occasions since then.
- “In order for the people to live,” I fast on occasion as a form of offering.
- And there are times when I fast only for the sake of satisfying an almost primal craving for powerful ritual in my life.
- Men have needs that are difficult to meet in a deep, soulful way in our culture.
- This is improving, owing to the efforts of many guys over a long period of time, but we still have a long road ahead of us.
- This type of challenge allows us to discover the boundaries of what we are capable of, as well as the possibilities of who we may become as individuals when we are young men.
Men have an intense need to be initiated.
While not all questers desire initiation, if being an initiated man is a goal of yours, you should consider participating in a men’s vision quest to achieve your goal.
In our adult lives, the responsibilities of love and friendship, job and family place us under pressure, and we lose sight of the fact that we can care for and nurture not just ourselves, but also other guys.
When it comes to nourishing ourselves, the most difficult element is finding the time and the appropriate sustenance for our souls in order to make them rich and full.
In being present for our children and families, we take great delight in our work.
These are the things that give us significance.
Not surprisingly, it is only with other guys that we are able to discuss these issues in a way that makes us feel fully understood and accepted.
Moreover, we require isolation in equal measure as our urge for fraternity.
You could say that it is deliberately attempting to keep us from doing so.
I know from personal experience that it takes a day or two of alone for those other sounds to recede.
If for no other reason, this should be the one cause that motivates you to visit the mountain range.
The inner voice that can only be heard when the sky is clear and the sun is shining and the wind is blowing.
Taking time for ourselves to fast fulfills our desire for magnificent isolation and introspective meditation.
We have the ability to become initiated as brothers.
As brothers, we may respect the elder voices, learn from their experiences, and pass on their knowledge to the next generation. We can do it because we are brothers. It’s one of those things that you have to personally feel in order to completely comprehend.
Some Thoughts on Men’s InitiationBy Mike Bodkin
When I was in South Africa a few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak with a Khosa man about the rites that mark the transition from boyhood to manhood in his culture. A young woman named Mark, who was around 30 years old and had gone through the ceremony at puberty, expressed worry about the shortage of suitable seniors who could carry on the practice. As he explained, the ceremony was intended to lay them up in their youth for approximately one month, so that they would be more receptive to receiving important instructions from the elders, such as how to behave as a man and treat women, how to contribute to the community, and how to conduct oneself humbly.
- There is another type of men’s initiation that I have been researching for a long period of time.
- This type of voyage allows each man to discover his own unique and particular gifts, which he then brings back to the community for the benefit of the entire community.
- Knowledge why you were sent on this planet, and having the fortitude to act on that understanding, are key components of the process.
- We are embarking on the Men’s Wilderness Quest because I think that the Rites of Passage Vision Quest is a vehicle for soul initiation, and I welcome men who are hearing that inner summons to join us on this journey.
- Having the opportunity to spend time in the jungle helped me to establish a connection with the ground and, as a result of that connection, ascend to a higher level of awareness.
- Thank you to Mike and Rob for sharing their knowledge and experience.
- Even with all of the activities such as job, family, friends, and community interests, there is still time to relax.
- After completing the journey, I have found a sense of peace inside myself, my self-confidence has been restored, and my love of life has been confirmed in a way that is meaningful to me personally.
- Chuck Reimal is the author of this piece.
This seminar was a beautiful, profoundly transformational adventure that I thoroughly loved and would recommend it to everyone. I strongly suggest it to everyone who is interested in self-knowledge, acceptance, and clarity about the path ahead. -David Mallad, author Postal Service of Australia
Vision Quest – Free From Fear: Lot’s Wife vs. Lydia
*Some refer to it as “silent time.” It’s referred to as a Vision Quest. This is a straightforward Bible study that will assist you in your quest to understand God’s plan for your life. The sort of legacy we leave can be determined by whether or not we choose to listen to fear or listen to God. Lydia, Lot’s wife, was terrified to leave her familiar surroundings, yet she allowed God to have a positive impact on her life. The two angels arrived in Sodom in the evening, just as Lot was about to enter the city via the city gate.
- “Sirs, please come to my place and spend the night with me,” Lot requested.
- When they refused to come, Lot persuaded them to come anyhow, and they consented and went to his house.
- He cooked bread without the use of yeast, and they devoured the loaf.
- “Where are the two gentlemen who came to see you tonight?” they inquired of Lot.
- “No, my brothers!” he said.
- I will hand them over to you, and you are free to do anything you want with them.
They have come to my home, and I am responsible for protecting them.” To this the males in the neighborhood responded, “Move out of the way!” After that, they murmured to one other, “This man is.” The alien Lot came to our city, and now he wants to tell us what we should do!” They threatened Lot, saying, “We will do harsher things to you than we did to those people.” They began pushing him back and were about to bust through the door with their bare hands.
- However, the two men who were staying with Lot unlocked the door, dragged him back inside the home, and then shut the door behind them.
- Genesis 19:1–11 is a book about the life of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- Would you consider it to be a location where God was physically present?
- “Do you have any more relations in this city?” the two gentlemen inquired of Lot.
- If you do, tell them to get out of here immediately since we are ready to annihilate this whole city.
- “It is soon to be destroyed by the Lord!” They, on the other hand, assumed Lot was kidding.
- “Go!” they exclaimed.
As a result, the two men seized the hands of Lot, his wife, and his two daughters and led them safely out of the city into the wilderness.
“Run for your life!” one of the guys said as they led them away from the city.
You must go to the mountains or you will be annihilated.” Genesis 19:12-17 (NASB) According to this scripture, the angels were persistent in their recommendation that Lot’s family leave town in order to keep them safe, but they were hesitant.
Fear causes us to hesitatingly proceed.
What aspects of your life are you hesitant to accomplish because of your fear?
At that time, Lot’s wife turned to face him.
Genesis 19:26 (NIV) Lot’s wife was advised not to look back, but she did, and as a result, she will be remembered for her role in turning into a pillar of salt for all time.
What do you suppose she was still clinging to at the time? Because of her fear, she did not pay attention to God’s instructions. Instead, she was concerned about losing the security of her immoral existence. Is there any vice in your life that you accept and are content with not changing?
Let’s Compare Lot’s Wife to Lydia…
We sailed directly from Troas to the island of Samothrace after leaving Troas. The following day, we set ship towards Neapolis. Then we traveled by land to Philippi, which was once a Roman colony and is now the most important city in that area of Macedonia. We stayed for a few days and enjoyed ourselves. When we traveled beyond the city gate to the river on Sabbath day, we hoped to discover a specific area for prayer. We were wrong. We sat down with a group of ladies who had congregated there, and we chatted with them.
- The Lord opened her eyes while she adored him, and he helped her pay attention to what Paul was saying.
- We were then welcomed into her home, with the invitation saying: “If you believe that I am a true believer in the Lord, then please come and stay in my house.” And she managed to persuade us to remain with her.
- Do you have any idea what it means when it says “the Lord opened her heart”?
- What happened to her and her family as a result of her decision to follow God’s guidance?
- Choose between living in luxury and leaving no legacy, or listening and accepting the word, which will alter your life as well as the lives of others around you for the better forever.
- Pray about what those sins are and ask God to assist you in changing your behavior.
-Vision Quests — Nature Link
In today’s world, more and more people are questioning themselves, “Who am I?” They are also on the lookout for a “better way” to live their lives. The majority of people are seeking for a solution outside of themselves when the solution is already inside themselves. So, allow us to pose the following question to you.
- Have you ever felt a little lost or out of alignment in your career, relationship, or inner-self
- If so, this article is for you.
- Do you lack a sense of belonging and belonging to a community? Do you find it difficult to adjust to new circumstances?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you are most likely wandering around without a sense of purposemeaning and are in need of community based ritual and ceremony. a Vision Fast.n, url:, width:854, height:480, providerName: YouTube, thumbnailUrl:, resolvedBy: youtube n, url:, width:854, height:480, providerName: YouTube, thumbnailUrl:, resolvedBy: youtube Watch the video above to find out more about Vision Quests and how they work. “The Vision Fast Ceremony liberates us from our isolation and truly returns us to our most authentic and spiritual selves,” says the author.
The ancient human experience of receiving spiritual vision, the open acknowledgement that we live in a world of deep mystery, the sharing and celebration of our stories with one another, and the ability to celebrate the fact that even the most ordinary person can be shaped by the most extraordinary encounters are all ways in which we can break the silence of an age that sits in front of a screen and waits for digital data and real people to tell us who we are.” Bishop Steven Charleston is a Catholic priest who lives in Charleston, South Carolina (Choctaw CitizenEpiscopal Priest)
What is a Vision Fast?
It is possible to participate in a Vision Quest or Vision Fast, an ancient rite of passage ceremony that allows youth, young adults, adults, and even elders to participate in an age-old ceremonial pattern: the completion of an old life, movement through the threshold of the unknown, and return to the world as a reborn being. Since then, people at every point of their lives or in transition have found significance in this powerful process. This is a road that has been traveled by humans for many thousands of years and has proven successful.
This is accomplished through the provision of a holy container in which the individual’s personal transition and transformation process may be acknowledged and respected by his or her social network.
Using indigenous wisdom and contemporary structure, we can help participants find direction in life, gain knowledge on how to deal with challenges, mark a significant life stage, event, or change, and continue to be supportive within their own communities, all while embodying their spiritual growth in their life journey.
When should you do a Vision Fast?
It is possible to participate in a Vision Quest or Vision Fast, an ancient rite of passage ceremony that allows youth, young adults, adults, and even elders to participate in an age-old ceremonial pattern: the completion of an old life, movement through the threshold of the unknown, and return to the world as if they had been born again. Individuals at any point of their lives or in transition will find significance in this transformative process. People have been along this road for thousands of years, and it is one that they are familiar with.
By providing a holy container in which the individual’s personal transition and transformation process may be acknowledged and respected by his or her community, this is accomplished.
By combining indigenous wisdom with contemporary structure, we can assist participants in finding direction in life, gaining knowledge on how to deal with challenges, marking a significant life stage/event/change, and continuing to be supportive within their own community, all while embodying their spiritual growth in their own life journey.
- What am I
- What do I have to offer
- Who am I
- What do I want to be
- So, what can I do to heal my wounds and get rid of the behaviors that are no longer beneficial to me?
Who is a Vision Fast For?
Our one-of-a-kind cross-cultural approach is extremely effective with people of different origins and religious beliefs. It will appeal to women, men, leaders, seniors, veterans, and young people who are going through a life transition or shift; to those who wish to rely on their spiritual path and sense of purpose; and, finally, to those who want to live a complete honest life in the present now. Vision Quests have been around for millennia and continue to be a powerful tool for both children and adults to recognise, lament, release, accept, and celebrate significant life transitions of any type, regardless of their age.
It may also be a very therapeutic way to get away from it all and refresh your batteries.
What will happen during a Vision Fast?
Even though the structure and length of our Vision Fasts vary depending on the unique offering, most of our ceremonies include several days of preparation, followed by 3-4 days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness location, and a few days of incorporating what you’ve learned. 1. Teachings from the Community and Pan-Cultural Perspectives During this stage, you are preparing to benefit physically, psychologically, intellectually, and spiritually from the experience of fasting alone in the woods on a physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual level.
- We’ll go through the basics of flora and fauna, first aid, and safety protocols, and we’ll get started on cross-cultural lessons that will help us develop a strong bridge between the environment that surrounds us and our own human nature.
- There will be time for participants to share their experiences with one another and with the staff, as well as for just sitting quietly.
- In the course of your solo exploration, the guides will keep a safe perimeter around the location and make certain that you have enough food and water.
- As a result of the weakness of fasting (or eating sparingly, for those who are unable to fast), you become more transparent and open.
- You will be tested by this event, but you will come out on the other side with favorable consequences.
- The Return to the Community/Incorporation Stage – The Incorporation Stage (also known as the Return) is the day on which you return to your community to share your tale (the group).
- Next the return of participants to base camp, we’ll enjoy a great breakfast together and then spend the rest of the day and the following day examining the Quest’s lessons, reflecting on the beauty and importance of each story–as well as the difficulties that await them upon their return.
The contemporary quester then returns to society, having been profoundly impacted by his or her experience of being near to the healing force of nature and to the vital spirit of oneself.
Discover Our Vision Fasts
The Day Quest is our shortest kind of ceremonial offering, lasting only a single day. Taking part in the Day Quest provides a chance for someone with a hectic weekend schedule to step back and get deeper insight into Nature with the goal of finding healing, rejuvenation, and clarity in their present stage of life. This adventure will lead you back to yourself and to the wisdom you require in order to succeed in life. It is a very powerful experience to go back and relive a previous quest experience or to prepare for a life transformation that is about to occur.
Where is it?
Sharpsburg, Georgia is a town in the state of Georgia.
When is it?
Because to COVID regulations, we are not able to provide face-to-face sessions at this time.
** This service is not available at this time ** For additional information, please contact ushere.
What to Bring?
Following your pre-registration, we will give you a packing list as well as a welcome letter.
*Pre-registration deadline is due 1-week before each Day Quest*
The 5-Day Vision Fast is a unique experience that is best suited for first-time “Questers” and even those who have returned. This particular Fast draws on knowledge from traditional rites of passage from throughout the world, which we adapt to a contemporary setting and context. This Fast is easy to follow, enjoyable, and helpful for the mind, body, and spirit of modern-day individuals. Ultimately, it is intended that you integrate the gifts you have received into your daily life and that you are assisted in developing a profound, reciprocal relationship with Nature.
Where is it?
Sharpsburg, GA and Tiger, GA are two cities in Georgia.
When is it?
** Due to COVID regulations, we are unable to provide face-to-face sessions at this time.
** This service is not available at this time ** For additional information, please contact ushere.
What to Bring?
Following your pre-registration, we will give you a packing list as well as a welcome letter.
*Pre-Registration Deadline is due 2-weeks before the start of The Vision Fast*
This is an old and cross-cultural method of emptying one’s mind in order to hear and talk with one’s own soul. There are a variety of reasons why people choose to participate in this unique Vision Fast. There is a good chance that you are in or about to go through a big life transition, such as a job shift or the birth of a kid. It’s possible that you’re hearing the ringing of a yearning whose shape you can’t yet discern. In other words, you may be looking for initiation into your mythological position and role in the numerous transitions that are taking place in our society now.
Where is it?
The Chattahoochee National Forest is located in Georgia.
When is it?
**Due to COVID regulations, we are unable to provide face-to-face sessions at this time**
* This service is not available at this time. For additional information, please contact ushere.
What to Bring?
Following your pre-registration, we will give you a packing list as well as a welcome letter.
*Pre-registration is closed*
In preparation for your 48-hour Solo Fast adventure, come backpack in the gorgeous highlands of north Georgia and summit your vision Peak. Once you have completed your Solo, you will rejoin your group and spend the next day in contemplation and recovery at basecamp. Three more days on the trek back down the mountain will offer you with several opportunity to comprehend and integrate the information you have received about your vision as quickly as possible after you have got it. There will be a final welcome back ceremony following the journey, which will feature a community of council, elders, and fellow seekers who will help you go forward into your life with a strong anchor point.
It is through this community and council that you will get the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to take what you have learnt and to develop into for the rest of your life.
Where is it?
Cohutta Wilderness Area, Georgia
When is it?
** Due to COVID regulations, we are unable to provide face-to-face sessions at this time.
At this time, we are unable to provide face-to-face training due to COVID regulations.
The Adult Mountain Quest is a backpacking expedition that includes a Vision Fast. It is suitable for adults. Participants will be required to carry everything they will need for the 11-day trip up into the mountains on their backs. This ritual highlights both the difficulties of navigating the terrain as well as the difficulties of working together and relying on one another in an expedition environment. On the route, some participants will discover enlivenment by dancing with the nature, while others will flourish in a setting of sharing in council.
*Pre-Registration is closed*
Do you have any questions regarding any of this? It’s not an issue. Contact us now to schedule a complimentary consultation! In addition, neither our Vision Fasts nor Wilderness Therapy programs are meant to give therapeutic support or counseling to people who are in need of psychological assistance. Our guides are well trained in the art of Initiation and soul inquiry via Rites of Passage practice, and they have vast experience in this field. This is also true in the processes of Life Coaching and Mentoring, as well as Transformational Wilderness Guidance.
Even individuals with professional training as therapists or mental health experts are not recruited to participate in such treatment on the route because of the high risk involved.
Individuals who are battling with underlying difficulties may discover that a trip like this raises their underlying issues beyond their capacity to control them.
We want to make absolutely certain that this trip is a suitable match for your present circumstances and skills, and that you get the most out of your experience as a result of participating.
Vision Quest — Rites of Passage Council
Marriage, divorce, conception, professional changes, job loss, the death of a loved one, as well as psychological and spiritual crises, are all common occurrences in contemporary life. Our Rites of Passage, those ancient traditions meant to assist us in crossing these boundaries and entering the next part of our lives, have been lost to us. Rites of Passage ceremonies have been used by cultures throughout history and throughout the world to facilitate the transformation of consciousness necessary for each of us to step into the next phase of our lives with a personal vision, a sense of community responsibility, and a deep connection to Earth and Spirit.
This frequently leaves us feeling unsure of our direction, as well as lacking a clear picture of our own personal medicine that we carry.
The loss of these Initiatory Rites of Passage, combined with an increasingly technologically based lifestyle, has diverted our attention away from our connection with the Earth and Spirit, leaving us wandering, searching for ways to connect and find our place in the world, as well as where we belong.
What’s Holding You Back from Crossing the Threshold?
Are you experiencing fear, self-doubt, or a sense of detachment from your community and Spirit? Thresholds are, by their very nature, frightening. If we are to progress into the next version of ourselves, we must allow a bit of ourselves to die, a piece of ourselves to be released. Even if we attempt to convince ourselves that we are independent, humans are social beings that are inextricably linked to other people, animals, and plants as well as the earth that provides us with our existence.
Ceremony for Rites of Passage is intended to assist us in navigating through difficult moments in our lives, letting us to emerge on the other side with a new understanding of ourselves, our role in community, and our connection to the Earth and Spirit.
What is a Vision Quest Ceremony?
The Vision Quest ceremony has been practiced in many ways by people from all over the world for thousands of years in diverse forms. The modern version of the Vision Quest, also known as the Woods Fast, often consists of four days and four nights of fasting (no food) in the wilderness, performed alone. We will aid you in releasing suppressed emotions and outdated belief systems that are no longer serving you through an eco-spiritual approach. This will help you to clearly identify the passage of your life that you are ready to commemorate as you reach the threshold phase of your initiation, and to do so with a clear and deliberate intention.
Attending has the following advantages:
- Overcome your apprehensions about what is ahead in your life
- Get a clear picture of what you want to do next
- Increase your sense of connectedness to the natural world and to Spirit. Allow yourself to let rid of bad habits, compulsions, and obsessions that are holding you back. Let go of bottled-up anguish
- Find your happiness and learn about the numerous health advantages of fasting for more than 72 hours.
The “threshold phase” of the rite of passage takes place during this eleven-day village encampment, which lasts four days and nights. A strong sense of connection and community is created in nature during your time at base camp, both before and after your trek, thanks to the guidance of a Council of Elders who have traveled this route before you. Your ceremonial midwives are devoted to supporting you as you negotiate the terrain of your personal crossing. It is an ancient pan-cultural rite of passage that fosters and supports the awakening of one’s own indigenous knowledge, unique vision, and reason for existing on this planet.” ‘Walk nude’ into the womb of Mother Earth and pray for vision has been the method of all our ancient ancestors as they tried to unlock the mysteries of their own sacred medicine and return to their people with vision and purpose.
— Kedar S.
Why do a Vision Quest with Rites of Passage Council?
Having guided individuals through their own barriers for more than 25 years, we are experts in our field. Our facilitators and ceremonial midwives have all received their training under the supervision of Kedar S. Brown, M.Ed., a certified educational specialist. Each member of our team has a diverse range of experience in psychotherapy, wilderness rites of passage, somatic therapy, professional counseling, Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, depth psychology, marriage and family therapy, ecotherapy, shamanism, and sound healing, among other things.
You will be assisted by highly qualified advisors through the many aspects of a rite of passage throughout your four-day and four-night solo, which will take place during an eleven-day holy encampment.
- Identification and release of items that are essential before to going out on the “holy mountain” are discussed here. As soon as you decide to quest, this task begins and continues in-depth throughout the first several days of your encampment
- It involves providing safety and energy support while you are out on your solitary journey. Your first morning of solo, our expert staff guides you through the threshold ceremony and then holds space for you for the next four days and nights of your solitary journey. During your solo, one of us will always be there by the holy fire in case you need to check in physically or energetically. As soon as you cross the holy threshold back into the village after your solitary time, you will be embraced by the Council of Elders and welcomed into the fold of their community. They will assist you in discovering the tale of your experience and establishing your own unique mythology, which will serve as a guide for you as you transition into your new life.
Our guides have all had extensive training via the Rites of Passage Guide training program, which lasts 18 months and is certified in Wilderness First Aid. It was a really significant event for me. It was an otherworldly breath that re-energized me and gave me fresh life. It brought to light a slew of murmurs from within my own psyche. A cleansing immersion in the waters of my own consciousness as well as in the waters alive with Spirit” was the experience. — 54-year-old musician
Bring your camping gear and make your way to the meeting location – everything else will be provided, including the following:
- Three meals a day (unless when you are fasting! )
- A snack between meals
- Vision quest ceremony lasting four days and four nights
- A magnificent private property where you may camp, roam, and swim (depending on where you want to go swimming). Our committed and highly-trained personnel will give you their undivided attention. We typically have four staff members and eight questers on hand. A sweat lodge ritual might assist you in preparing for your journey. Poetry and dancing accompanied with drumming
- Teachings on how to use the Four Seasonal Shields of Initiation
- Making up personal myths and narrating stories
- Ceremonies created by individuals and groups
- Ritual process healing, body-centered psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy are all options.
We will give you with a complete equipment list as well as several other details regarding the activities of the eleven-day camping. “ “I was apprehensive about embarking on this Vision Quest. I wasn’t afraid of spending the night in the woods with the creepers and crawlers, and I wasn’t afraid of lasting a few days without food. My greatest concern was that nothing would happen, that all of the areas where I was trapped would remain stuck despite all of my attempts to free myself. Something unexpected happened!
There have been huge movements, monumental shifts within me, and I believe I have finally transcended or transformed so much festering stuck-ness and can finally breathe a sigh of relief, stepping so much lighter and with greater confidence, moving in the direction I need to be moving in order to fulfill my soul-work, my purpose.” “There have been huge movements, monumental shifts within me, and I believe I have finally transcended or transformed so much festering stuck-ness and can finally breathe a Cannon, B., percussionist/naturalist/educator B.
First and foremost, your safety is our top priority. For more than 25 years, we have been securely escorting people through outdoor rites of passage in the United States and the United Kingdom. We are familiar with a wide variety of habitats, including mountains, forests, deserts, and coastlines, among others. All of our guides are qualified in Wilderness First Aid and have logged hundreds of hours in the region in which you will be searching for your treasure. In order to ensure that the amount of challenge you face is right for you, we are very trained in this area.
When and Where can I Participate in a Vision Quest?
From April 19-29, Asheville, North Carolina, and May 17-27, Charlotte, North Carolina Souther Spain at the middle of March 2023 in Europe (Inquire) “The Seasons of Womanhood” are a collection of short stories.
First, there will be a six-week online investigation of Feminine Archetypes starting on February 1st; second, there will be a five-day Ritual Immersion for women. Part Three: Forest Prayer Fast from September 29 to October 7 (Part Two: Forest Prayer Fast from September 13-17);
What’s the Cost?
- “Seasons of Womanhood” program in April (currently full with a waiting list)
- May program (currently full with a waiting list)
- August program (registration is now open)
- The online pre-requisite will be available starting on February 1st. This program has a different pricing structure than the previous one.
Early Registration: $2,485 if paid in full prior to 8 weeks before start date – save $300 on the total cost of the course. Paid 6-8 weeks before start date, late registration is $2,785 if paid in full. Fee: A $500 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in this program. Payment in full is needed six weeks prior to the start date. Kedar Brown (April, May, and August) and other members of the ROPC team will assist you with this quest.
Europe – Vision Quest Ceremony Southern Spain ~ Mid. March 2023(Inquire)
Early Registration: $2,485 if paid in full prior to 8 weeks before start date – save $300 on the total cost of the course. Paid 6-8 weeks before start date, late registration is $2,785 if paid in full. Fee: A $500 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in this program. Payment in full is needed six weeks prior to the start date. Kedar, as well as other members of the Rites of Passage Council, will assist you with this quest.
Have more questions about the Vision Quest?
In therapy for more than two years, this was the most significant work I’d done to date, and it was the culmination of my efforts. “My life has been irreversibly altered!” — Vison Quest participant, 40 years of age It is possible that, rather than having to heroically save the entire globe, the true mission of mankind at this time is to awaken the unique spark and inner resilience of brilliance that exists inside each individual. Michael Meade is the author of