Men's Fast

Date: 
May 18th, 2020 - May 29th, 2020
Guides: 
Will Scott, Larry Hobbs
The mystery is 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. Perhaps now more than ever -- or perhaps now just as ever before -- it is critical that men look deeply at our notions of manhood and how they are being called to evolve. 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. To have the courage to ask the “Big” questions: “Who Am I?” “What do I live for?” “Who are my people?” “What does it mean to be a man in the world today?” and “What am I working towards?” Strong, fiercely alive questions that require each of us to make a stand for what we love, serve, and are dedicated to. A dedication grounded in the knowing that what we do is both right for ourselves and good for the world at the same time.
The time we spend in the high desert will be an opportunity to let what is not important fall away. To go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for four days and nights, to feast on what we truly hunger for: beauty, silence, right relationship, the expanse of time and being surrounded by mystery. In this sweet solitude, one can surrender to the mirror of the wilderness, memory and the many roomed mansions of soul.
Severance: The ceremony begins long before you arrive in the high desert. In fact, the twelve days we will spend together as a group is a very small segment of the larger ceremony, which involves generous months (or years!) of preparation beforehand and a lifetime of integration to follow. Our days in the mountains involve four final days of preparation, four days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness place, and four initial days of incorporation, to ready you to return to your lives. You will be readied to physically, psychologically, mentally, and spiritually benefit from the experience of fasting alone in the wilderness. You will be given an ancient means of looking into the mirror of nature (following the archetypal seasons of our lives). Preparation will also include discussion on the importance of initiation, essential information for physical safety, and the deeply personal work to clarifying each man's intentions before going out into the arms of the world. 
Threshold: The time of fasting and aloneness will take place in the Inyo Mountains (weather dependent). Your guides will maintain a safe perimeter around the area while you are alone and make sure you have sufficient water. Another person will fast nearby. The two of you will be “buddies,” each day leaving assurance of your well-being at a stone pile erected along the borders of your respective areas.
Incorporation: You will return to human companionship and a feast. In the council of elders you will confirm the attainment of a new maturity. With the other men you will tell your story, “listening each other’s souls into disclosure and discovery”. The telling of and listening to the stories of fast will help us to understand our relationship to both self and other, and challenge each man to give his vision practical feet -- to live the life he has earned.
Logistics: We encourage people to arrive by late afternoon/ evening of May 17th, the night before we officially start. The group will then come together for its first meeting at 10:00 a.m. on May 18th. We will complete our ceremony on the late afternoon of May 29th. Please do not plan any flights for the 29th. Make all air travel reservations for the 30th at the earliest.
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.
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Every man has to learn the points of compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction. Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations. — Henry David Thoreau 

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: $850 - $1400

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

Extra Fees: $60 Camping Fee

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