CA Spring Vision Fast


Apr 5th, 2021 - Apr 16th, 2021 | Big Pine and Eureka Valley, California | Petra Lentz-Snow, Angelo Joseph Lazenka | Vision Fast

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 (and is!) crucial for the survival of the community that we let go of what no longer serves and enter the calling of our new becoming.

Sometimes traumatic events or drastic changes will beckon loudly, calling us to enter a deeper conversation with our lives and thus lead the way to the ceremony.

Other times, the longing for change may be harder to name but is equally important. It may be an unnamed sense of separateness from one’s inner nature while our outward life seems picture perfect, or a feeling of disconnect with one’s life purpose or heart’s desire.

So you go alone with an empty belly and a bare minimum of equipment into the heart of the wilderness for four days and nights. There you live with yourself in perfect solitude. You surrender to the mirror of your wild environment and to memory, the looks-within-place. You enter the mansions of nature’s soul, perhaps to find some of the big questions waiting: “Who am I?” “Who are my people?” and “What is my intent?” You wander the precincts of loneliness, where vision lies waiting. You drink at the springs of your soul and are filled with self-recognition. What is not important falls away so that you can become anew.

Program Overview: The twelve day ceremony involves four days of preparation (severance), four days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness place (threshold), and four days of incorporation (return).

Program Questions Contact: Petra Lentz-Snow at [email protected]


TUITION: $850 - $1,500

Sliding Scale: To honor the vast difference of financial resources among us, all of our program tuition is based on a sliding scale. We set forth no criteria and ask that you pay what is appropriate for your circumstances and access to financial resources. You can see recommendations on using the sliding scale here. If the low end of the sliding scale is still too much, scholarship assistance is available , please reach out to the office for more info.

Cancellations: Cancellations are hard on the participant, the School, and the guides. We respect the unpredictability of life, and we are diligent about running an organization sustainably.

-If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start date of your program, you will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, minus any deposits.

-If you cancel 59 days or less prior to the start date of your program, and we can fill your spot, then you will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, minus any deposits.

-If we cannot fill your spot, and you cancel within 59 days of the start of your program, then we hold you accountable for paying the tuition at the lowest end of the sliding scale.

Submit enrollment form

 Please fill out and submit the enrollment form and then pay the program deposit below. Before you pay the deposit, please read deposit section below, all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. After your enrollment form is complete, please submit all health and liability forms.

Pay program deposit

Deposits: This deposit signifies your commitment to the program and is deducted from the tuition balance. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. They cover the work of the specific course you signed up for, including all communication involved as well as the fee that guides pay to the school administration for the course accounting. 

Additional Deposit: Some programs require a second deposit to help us affirm commitments. Last minute cancellations make it hard to fill openings and incur a loss of income to the School and the guides.

Tuition Balance: Balance of tuition can be paid before or upon arrival. Simply deduct any deposits made from the amount you’ve chosen on the sliding scale.

Submit Waitlist form

This program is full; however, you may add your name to the Waitlist by clicking the Waitlist button below.

Additional course details & Materials


Four days of solo preparation and four days of return incorporation will be at Baker Creek Campground, outside of Big Pine, CA. The solo, threshold phase, of the ceremony will take place in Eureka Valley.

We encourage people to arrive on April 5th, the night before we officially start. The group will come together for its first meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6th. We will complete our ceremony on the afternoon of April 17th.

ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fee of $65 and $30 Park entrance fee to be collected at the time of the program.

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. 

All participants must submit the required health questionnaire and liability form.

If you have questions about the enrollment process contact us at [email protected] or call 760-938-3333.

Big Pine is located in what is known today as the Owens Valley of California, but its true name is Payahuunadü meaning “Land of the Flowing Water”. This valley is the ancestral and contemporary land of the Nüümü and Newe people. We will travel out to the Eureka Valley for the vision fast, land of the Nüümü Tümpisattsi who were forced by white settlers onto reservations in the area.

To learn more about our commitment to regenerative relationships please visit Cultural Relations.