CA Two Week Training
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: Ruth “Roo” Wharton at [email protected]
As of 1st November 2023 there is just one remaining spot left for this program.
Additional course details & Materials
Please plan to arrive in Big Pine on the late afternoon of September 21st, our first meeting will be at 9:30am on Sept 22. We will end by mid-afternoon on October 5th. 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.
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.
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.
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