CO Two Week Training

Date: 
Jul 1st, 2021 - Jul 14th, 2021
Contact: 
[email protected]

 

Clearing
Do not try to save the whole world
or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there patiently,
until the song that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue.
~ Martha Postlewaite

 

This training gives the participant an immersion into the vision fast ceremony, including the skills in leading it 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 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 taboo; the mirror of nature; and the shaping and confirmation of intent.

On the sixth day, Trainees go out into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains, find a place to fast and set up stone piles with their buddies. On the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth days, the trainee lives alone and fasts. (Threshold).

On the morning of the eleventh day, the fasters return to basecamp (Incorporation). The return day is one of gentleness and relaxation. On the twelfth and thirteenth days, each story is told in council. The guides witness, mirror meaning, and empower the intent and story. 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 sever from, mark, celebrate, and/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.


It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey..

~Wendell Berry

 

The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its programs 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.

Scholarships are available.

Tuition: $1000 - $1750

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

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