CA Two Week Training (one space available again)

Sep 30th, 2018 - Oct 13th, 2018

This training gives the student an immersion in the vision fast ceremony, including the skills involved in leading the vision fast and an understanding of how the principles of the vision fast can be applied to a profession, community, or client. Trainees are encouraged to learn the form, the process, and then to give it their own unique expression within life and work. Throughout the two weeks, the trainee will be challenged to wear two hats: one is the hat of the person training in the ways of the vision fast guide and the other is the hat of the person learning experientially what it is like to actually go out on the land as a participant. 

The first five days are given over to preparation (severance). Morning and afternoon meetings are the norm. Instruction includes: the mirroring dynamics of story councils; screening and preparation of candidates in four areas: physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual; the four shields of human-nature; the sacred and the profane; the dynamics of fasting; self-generated ceremony; the power of taboos, death lodge;purpose circle; the mirror of nature; and the shaping and confirmation of intent.

On the sixth day, Trainees go out into the wilds of the high desert, find a place to fast and set up communication stone piles with their buddies. On the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth days, the trainee lives alone and fasts in a wilderness place (Threshold). Sometimes, trainees will choose to remain in basecamp as support persons during the fast. 

On the morning of the eleventh day, the fasters return to basecamp (Incorporation). That evening the group will go out for a celebratory feast in Bishop, CA. On the twelfth and thirteenth days, each story is told in the council of elders. The elders witness, mirror meaning, and empower intent. On the fourteenth day, we look at the process that has just unfolded from a training perspective and prepare ourselves to reenter our lives. 

Prerequisite: at least one vision fast 

Preparing ahead of time: Every trainee must ask:What am I going out to mark, celebrate, or confirm? What is my intent? Who will benefit from my training (Who are my people)?

Practical preparation: The School makes no provisions for meals or equipment. We ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently. You will need to bring shelter and clothing suitable for a full range of inclement weather. We request all participants to purchase the vision fast handbook, “The Trail to the Sacred Mountain” and highly recommend “The Roaring of the Sacred River” both available from  Lost Borders Press Consult this resource for a detailed equipment list to help with preparation.


A Rite of Passage has always been seen as death, in-between, and re-birth; our modern way of  seeing life is there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. When we in the modern world are afraid of the pain of dying, whether that is symbolic death or physical death, it holds us back from taking the risk and having the courage to step into the unknown of a Rite of Passage. 


~Meredith Little





The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its fast and trainings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.

Tuition: $1000 - $1750

Deposit: $300
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: $65 Camping Fee


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