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Quote from: We Who Have Gone Before by Steven Foster

Many come to Lost Borders with this item on their agendas.They have been enculturated by the “on demand” values of the material world from childhood, and know nothing else. If we need something, we can go down to the corner store; we can order it over the internet; we can take a pill. 

For many of those who come to Lost Borders, “transformation” is the magic bait. They think, well, if I just go into the wilderness for three or four days to fast alone, I’ll come back transformed. Presto chango. A new man, a new woman. But what actually happens is some-thing else entirely. There is no miraculous transformation. Instead they sit on their mountain top and the days pass uneventfully. The wind blows; the sun shines; the stars twinkle; the crickets sing. This is all very nice, but where are the goodies? 

It takes time to turn water into wine. Jesus could do it with a snap of his fingers. We poor mortals have to kill time, remembering who we are and who we want to be. Then we have to bring all those memories to simmer over a slow fire. The finger snap may take weeks, months, years, even a lifetime. 

But it sure doesn’t hurt to sit alone with an empty belly among the pinyons and junipers and watch the sun go down.

 

 

Mid-Winter Vision Fast

Date: 
Feb 18th, 2015 - Mar 1st, 2015
Location: 
Death Valley

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for four days and nights. There you live with yourself, in perfect solitude. You surrender to the mirror of your wild environment, and to memory, the looks-within-place. You enter the mansions of nature’s soul.

CA Spring Vision Fast

Date: 
Mar 16th, 2015 - Mar 27th, 2015
Location: 
Death Valley

The Vision Fast:  Following the ancient, pan-cultural pathway of fasting alone in the wild, we are called to step into our true nature and remember our home on the earth. In this simple, yet profound way, we can become who we were born to be.

CA Men's Vision Fast (Full with a waiting list)

Date: 
Apr 12th, 2015 - Apr 23rd, 2015
Guides: 
Larry Hobbs, Will Scott

 The Gods are calling! The Sun is rising and illuminating a new and yet very ancient story about the value and worth of what it means to be a man. Joseph Campbell knew about this desire, this seeking. He knew that the life of a man was not only about meaning but also about “…the experience and rapture of being alive”. Each one of us must add to this re-membering by bringing our own story fully alive! We owe it to our ancestors, our selves, our families, and all of life.

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