“I see the Feminine defined as a reconnection to the Self, a commitment to the wildness within our instincts, our capacity to create and destroy; our hunger for connection as well as sovereignty, interdependence and independence, at once.”
– Terry Tempest Williams
One of a woman’s deepest longing is to be seen in her most natural, wild, and authentic self. Innately, she is stirred by an inner wisdom to reconnect to the sacredness embodied in nature, moved by a stirring desire to leave the safety of her personal and familiar borders as she travels her unique path. Perhaps the intensity of her yearning guides her to a hidden place where she discovers ways to break the chains of self- judgment that have held her back for so long, bringing her full circle to her true Self through the age-old practice of rites of passage.
She goes out alone, with an empty belly and bare essentials, into the expansive wilderness, for four days and four nights. There she will live in perfect solitude where she can clear away the distractions of her busy life and tune her ears to the voices of nature around her and to her own inner nature; the truth of her being.
Perhaps you are one of the many women who have been called to this ceremony. Perhaps it is time to move deeper into the questions: What is being asked of you? How do you begin to recognize the myth that guides your life? What is drawing you toward the threshold?
This ceremony involves several days of preparation, 4 days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness place, and a few days of incorporation:
PREPARATION: You will be readied physically, psychologically, mentally, and spiritually, that you might fully benefit from this experience of fasting alone in the wilderness. You will be given an ancient means of looking into the mirror of nature (“The Four Shields”). Preparation will also include the study of symbols, archetypes and ways common to vision fasts and rites of passage.
SOLO FAST: You will cross the threshold and enter into your ceremony, making it your own. You will fast alone in the wilderness as so many have done before. Your teachers will maintain a safe perimeter around the area and make sure you have sufficient provisions. Safety is our utmost concern and you will be given the tools necessary to support your well-being.
INCORPORATION: During the final days, we will join together for the sharing of stories. The guides will listen, help you to understand, and challenge you to give your vision practical feet—to live the life you have rightfully claimed as your own! When all the stories have been told, we will celebrate together before you return to your community with new understanding.
Pursue the authentic—decide first
what is authentic,
then go after it with all your heart.
Your heart, that place
you don't even think of cleaning out.
- Louise Erdrich
Time & Location: We will hold camp among the creosote bushes and open expanse of the desert of Death Valley National Park. Our first days will begin at a campground within the park (TBA). Solo time will take place in a more remote location. We encourage people to arrive on Tuesday Octobers 30th, the night before we officially start. The group will then come together for its first meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st. We will complete our ceremony on Sunday afternoon, November 11th.
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” available from Lost Borders Press(www.lostborderspress.com). Consult this resource for a detailed equipment list to help with preparation.
The School makes no provisions for meals or equipment. If you are camping out, bring a tent and come prepared for possible thunder showers. For specific equipment needs, consult the handbook.
The Trail to the Sacred Mountain: A Vision Fast Handbook for Adults, is available through Lost Borders Press