CA Spring 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]
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.
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.
The Trail to the Sacred Mountain: A Vision Fast Handbook for Adults, is available through Lost Borders Press
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.