CA Two Week Training


Oct 2nd, 2022 - Oct 15th, 2022 | Big Pine & Eureka Valley, California | Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Angelo Joseph Lazenka

In these times of change and uncertainty, it is crucial that we show up for our community in ways that truly serve. The world is calling us to listen in new and old ways to connect with the land and each other for personal and collective healing. We are being called to show up in our communities as initiated, guides, adults, and elders and to remember the value of rites of passage.

This training gives you an experiential immersion in the vision fast ceremony, a modern day rite of passage, including the skills involved in leading the vision fast and an understanding of how the principles of the vision fast can be applied to a profession, community, or client. You will be encouraged to learn the form, the process, and then to give it your own unique expression within life and work.  This training model creates a profound learning and healing experience and includes instruction on the following topics:

  • Council and creating a safe container
  • The four shields of human-nature
  • Screening and preparation of participants
  • Shaping and working with intention
  • Self-generated ceremony
  • 4 day vision fast solo
  • Practice of deep listening and mirroring stories
  • Incorporation and applications into your work and life

Program Overview: During the two weeks, we will meet most mornings and afternoons with personal time on the land interwoven throughout the training. You will also experience your own four day vision fast ceremony. Throughout the two weeks, you 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.

Prerequisite: Participation in at least one facilitated vision fast or solo experience.

Program Questions Contact: Joseph Angelo Lazenka at [email protected]


TUITION: $1000 - $3000

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


Please plan to arrive in Big Pine on the late afternoon of October 1st. We will end by mid-afternoon on October 15th. More logistical information will be sent when you register for the program.
ADDITIONAL FEES: $80 Camping Fee to be collected at or before 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.

Required reading for this training includes The Trail to the Sacred Mountain: A Vision Fast Handbook for Adults, which contains information on flora, fauna, weather, emergency procedures as well as suggestions for preparing for the vision fast. Also, highly recommended is The Roaring of the Sacred River, a training manual for “field eco-therapy”. All publications are available at Lost Borders Press.

Much of this program will take place in Payahuunadü also known as the Owens Valley, land of the Nüümü and Newe people who still live here today. 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.