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Vision Fast

“The work we have to do can be seen as a kind of coming alive...an awakening into our true nature, a releasing of our gifts.”

- Joanna Macy

In the world today, we often live connected to screens and disconnected from the land. The initiation and rites of passage ceremonies practiced for centuries by our ancestors have almost been forgotten. The vision fast ceremony is a modern-day rite of passage that helps navigate the complexity of these times and mark, honor, and celebrate life transitions. This involves time out alone in nature, with minimal or no food, and leaving behind distractions and daily routines. 

When we take the time to honor life's changing seasons and thoughtfully respond to the question "Who am I?" and "What do I have to offer?" we step into our true nature and a sense of belonging amongst the land and our communities. The results can be profound. Meaning and purpose can return, and life can become richer, clearer, and more full.

The vision fast ceremony has three archetypal phases that have been identified by anthropologists in rites of passage around the world:

SEVERANCE

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Severance begins when you decide to commit to this ceremony. It is preparation for the vision fast, and the time to ask: "Who am I now? And what do I need to leave behind to move forward?" This process of "letting go" can be difficult, but it is the first step in marking the truth of who you are and the gifts you bring to the world.

THRESHOLD

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During the threshold, you will cross alone into the natural world for 3-4 days and nights. Throughout your solo you will find yourself in a liminal time, a realm between your old life, and the life that has yet to come. You will create your own ceremony that reflects your background, intention, value, and what you are honoring in your life.

INCORPORATION

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Incorporation begins when you return from your solo and are reunited with your group and guides. They will listen deeply to your story and mirror it back to you. You will be supported to bring back the learning and gifts from your ceremony to your people. Incorporation is a year long process and an opportunity to show up in your life in new ways.

Check out these pages for more information about rites of passage and our cultural relations.

Upcoming Vision Fast Programs

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CA Spring Vision Fast

Apr 3 - Apr 14, 2023 Big Pine & Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Scot Deily

Life transitions, like entering adulthood, midlife or elderhood are always "DNA invitations" to go out on the land. The need to become anew is planted deeply into our ancestral bones because it was ...

NM Women’s Vision Fast

May 10 - May 21, 2023 Cochiti Lake and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico Emerald North, Petra Lentz-Snow

A woman's journey is both vigorous and introspective as she covers ground outwardly, so she ventures deep within herself. Stirred by nature's calling to be creative and complete, and beckoned by an ...

CA Men’s Vision Fast

May 20 - Jun 1, 2023 Big Pine, California Sam DeBoskey, Scott Davidson

The world is changing fast… and we must do our best to keep up. We now face unprecedented waves of transformation. The blossoming and decay of our modern ways is calling attention to fundamental ...

CO June Queer Quest

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors ...

Young Adults Nature Based Rite of Passage

Jun 17 - Jun 28, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Siri Gunnarson, Nick LaHaise

Every summer the School of Lost Borders offers nature based rites of passage for young people age 18-28 ready to confirm their entry into adulthood in the eastern mountains of Payahuunadü (also ...

Young Women+ Nature Based Rite of Passage

Jul 17 - Jul 29, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Siri Gunnarson, Kim Belair

This is a call for young women+ (trans women, cis women and non-binary people who see themselves as fully, partially or sometimes female-identified) age 20-32 seeking affinity space to liberate and ...

CO Summer Vision Fast

Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2023 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Emerald North, Colleen Bishop, tbird (Thompson) Bishop

In your bones you hear the singing of your sacred ancestors. You follow in their footsteps. You go alone, with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment, into the heart of the wilderness, for ...

CA Summer Vision Fast

Jul 31 - Aug 12, 2023 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera

The modern day vision quest is a border crossing practice, an opportunity to reclaim our true place in the natural world. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, ...

Intergenerational Women’s Fast

Aug 10 - Aug 19, 2023 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

Intergenerational Women’s Vision Fast - Remembering Ourselves Home -   To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than ...

CO Fall Vision Fast

As the leaves change, a different way of life is tugging at your heart. A new story is begging to be told. And your gifts are longing to be shared with the world. Marking life passages allows you ...

CA Fall Vision Fast

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2023 Death Valley, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair

Life transitions, like entering adulthood, midlife or elderhood are always "DNA invitations" to go out on the land. The need to become anew is planted deeply into our ancestral bones because it was ...

CA Women’s Vision Fast

Nov 7 - Nov 19, 2023 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Kelly McClelland

Like the waxing and waning of the moon, our inner essence is reflected in the creative forces of nature, in the continual movement of light and dark. Throughout the stages of our lives, we flow ...

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