This ancient practice of Self-discovery, has survived the millennia for one reason: it works! Many cultures have used the Quest as a rite of passage into adulthood, but the transformational power of questing extends well beyond that purpose. Questors are often at a “fork in the road”, seeking clarity as to which path to take next. Questing brings our bodies and minds to a place of acceptance and stillness where we can feel and know the tuggings of our Hearts and the Light within us. We receive insights into our Purpose in Life, ultimately yielding a deeper and more meaningful contribution to society.
The Quest is also a tool for facing and moving through our emotional and psychological blocks. With courage, sacrifice, and acceptance, we move past obstacles that keep in us bounded in false beliefs, judgement and self-doubt. Our life’s journey is re-enlivened with the passions of the heart and we are better able to reflect the peace, perfection, and creativity of the Universe. Mystics from all of the world’s major religions have used questing to connect with their Higher Selves and touch the wisdom of Silence. But this ancient practice is open to every Seeker and remains a powerful tool for bringing Light into the world.
The mechanism of Questing is to break away from the daily moment-to-moment distractions that keep us from looking Within. It is a sacrifice of self, a denial of all the ways we avoid encountering our deepest Truths. It is a fast from eating, reading, speaking, entertainment, relationships, and jobs – all things except water*. It is a commitment to know the Truth, refusing old patterns.
Each questor remains alone in their quest circle in the purity of nature. A traditional Vision Quest lasts four days and nights, an interval that allows for robust exploration of our human experience: body, emotion, mind, and spirit. Our most pressing questions are answered and we are invariably led to a settled place of expanded awareness and stillness. This awareness is a gateway for endless possibilities of the Heart.
Facilitated questing offers guidance, protection, and support before, during, and after the solo experience. We use a communication system each day that ensures each questor’s safety and privacy. To maximize the benefits of questing, our programs include time before the Quest, for preparation, as well as afterwards for reflection and guidance on understanding the experience.
2021 date to be announced (Sunday-Sunday); application deadline TBA; suggested donation $300-900 (deposit $200). Link to application information.
* Consult your physician before attempting the fast. Exceptions to fasting will be made when warranted by medical conditions. Fasting is an important element for questing, one with multiple benefits, but it is not *the* most important element. We would much rather compromise around the fast than deny a quest. Participants will bring a sleeping bag, warm clothing, and rain gear. Meals are provided before and after the 4-day Quest.