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Cultivating ecosophy: a dialog with the contemporary vision fast company

by Charles Carlin

This story begins in the Inyo mountains, an ancient range that rises up out of California’s Owens valley, marking the beginning of the seemingly endless undulations of basins and moun- tain ranges that extend all the way to the Colorado Plateau and Utah’s Wasatch Range, hundreds of miles to the east. The basins are covered in sage. As the ranges rise up, the sage gives way to pinyon-juniper forest, then white pine and bristlecones at the highest elevations. Basin, range, repeat.

Writer Mary Austin called this place the land of lost borders, a name she learned from Paiute friends. She wrote, it is a place ‘where the boundary of soul and sense is as faint as a trail in a sand-storm ... where the names mean something’ (Austin 1987, 3). For the Paiute who lived prior to white colonization, lost borders referred to how territorial boundaries between groups grew fuzzy in the desert, determined more by access to ephemeral water sources than hard territorial demarcations. Austin added another layer of psychic significance to the name as she chronicled the lives of white miners and settlers along with Paiute people adapting to life under colonization. (Read full article)

CA Spring Vision Fast (FULL with waitlist)

Apr 9th, 2018 - Apr 20th, 2018

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.

Walking Into That Good Night: Exploring Our Relationship with Dying and Death (Full with waiting list)

Apr 14th, 2018 - Apr 20th, 2018
Eureka Valley
Meredith Little
A place to stay untouched by death
Does not exist.
It does not exist in space, it does not exist in the ocean,
Nor if you stay in the middle of a mountain.
-- The Buddha

NM women's Vision Fast

May 14th, 2018 - May 25th, 2018
Cochiti Lake, NM

 A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective. As she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature’s calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an irresistible urge to cross personal boundaries, she travels the path of her unique destiny. Her passions and gifts are her map. Psyche is her guide. Dreams are her nourishment.

An Offering from Spain: Red Nose Voyage - A Clown Journey in the Wilderness

Jul 21st, 2018 - Jul 26th, 2018

Since 2014, our founder Meredith has been inviting one set of guest teachers/guides each year, from outside our country, to come to the Owen's Valley and offer a seminar that they have developed from their own cultural and personal perspective.  These international teachers are people who have trained at the school and then taken what they've learned back to their own land and integrated it into their respective work there.