We live in a world marked by borders. We have borders between continents, between people, even between our own hearts and minds. Perhaps one of the most pervasive borders is the one we have placed between ourselves and nature, and the ensuing belief that the natural world is both deaf and mute. Thus, we live as if we were no longer informed by the seasons of change, the ebb and flow of the river, the movement of stars, or the waxing and waning of the moon. We have also lost touch with our natural transitions, ceremonial rites of passage, mirrored by nature, that move us from one stage of life to the next. Like the seasons, we too change and need to create ceremonies to mark and celebrate our movement. As Steven Foster would put it, the Big Lie is that humans are not a part of nature. Or even more so, that humans are not nature. When borders get old and worn out, they bind us to a life that is half-hearted and incomplete.
The modern day vision quest is a border crossing practice. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, boundaries begin to dissolve and our vision begins to expand. The threshold place is a dreamscape, where everything is pregnant with meaning, and nature, once again, speaks to us in the voices of rock, tree, and wind. Following the ancient pathway of this rite of passage, we step into our true nature and remember our home among the wild. We become who we were born to be.
This ceremony involves several days of preparation, 3-4 days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness
place, and a few days of incorporation.
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
(the Four Shields). Preparation will also include the study of symbols, archetypes and ways common to vision fasts and rites of passage.
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.
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.
The School makes no provisions for meals or equipment. You will need to bring shelter and come prepared
for the possibility of weather.
The Trail to the Sacred Mountain: A Vision Fast Handbook for Adults, is available through Lost Borders Press.