CO Two Week Training
The two week training offers the participant an immersion into the vision fast ceremony, including the beginning skills necessary to lead 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.
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)?
Program Overview: 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
Program Questions Contact: Emerald North at [email protected]
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You will be responsible for bringing your own food and equipment, though we can provide some gear if needed. 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.
To address safety concerns during the pandemic, please contact us regarding our current Coronavirus protocols as well as any current travel restrictions. These protocols may affect how you are able to travel to the program. Please note: As of May 2023 there are no longer any vaccination requirements for international travellers seeking entry to the USA.
Dragonback Springs is land of the Tabeguache Ute people and other Indigenous tribes who traveled through this area of the Colorado Rockies. The Ute lived and hunted in this abundant land of elk, buffalo, deer, and bear before white settlers came and forced them onto reservations in southwest Colorado and Utah.
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