CA Summer Women’s Fast


Jul 8th, 2024 - Jul 19th, 2024 | Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California | Petra Lentz-Snow, Kim Belair

Since time immemorial Rites of Passage Ceremonies have facilitated change, offering a simple but indispensable container to transition from one life stage to another, to let go of (die to) the old and step in (birth) anew, so that life can continue.

What underlies these rites is the understanding of the circular, seasonal, and regenerative nature of life and death.  This knowing runs deep in the female body. Despite the patrilinear impact of the last few thousand years that imposed a culture in which the feminine was largely exiled, we are still informed by the cyclical ebbing and flowing rhythm of circular time, and an innate understanding of the evolutionary necessity of change that lives in our bones.

The experience of brushing up with death and bringing in new life is instinctive in women and braided into the ancestral fabric of our origins. Whether we become mothers of children or birth art, truth, or visions, somehow, somewhere, beneath our domesticated selves, we still know that all pain is birthing something, that light comes from dark, and that change is necessary for life to continue birthing herself forward.

No matter what kind of life change or shift you are marking, finding our medicine as women, finding our voice and way as daughters, mothers, elders, and stewards of this Earth has perhaps never been more essential.

Come as you are.  You are welcome here.  This is an offering to celebrate and hold the broad, and diverse experiences of what it is to be a woman in this moment in time.

Who this offering is for: This invitation is for women. “Woman” and “female” are used as inclusive and expansive definitions.  All are welcome: cis and trans women, genderqueer women, and members of non-binary communities.

Program Questions Contact: [email protected]


The CA Summer Women’s fast is held as a 12-day Immersion Vision fast in the Inyo Mountains of Payahuunadu (Owen’s Valley) where we will gather and camp amongst pinon pine and juniper.  For the first few days of the ceremony we will be honing intentions, and introducing the Four Shields of Human Nature. After the four day solos, we will celebrate the stories that came back from the mountain with you before we close with incorporation.


TUITION: $1,000 - $3,000

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


The CA Summer Women's fast is held as a 12-day immersion program in the wide open expanse of the Inyo Mountains where we will hold camp among piñon pine, juniper and sage brush. We will meet at 9 AM on Jul 8 in Big Pine, CA and then drive out to our base-camp as a group. The program will conclude by 2pm on July 19. ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fee of $75 will 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.

We will gather in the eastern mountains of Payahuunadü (also known as the Inyo Mountains outside of Big Pine, California). These are the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Nüümü and Newe people.

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