CA Two Week Training

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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]

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TUITION: $1,000 - $1,750
DEPOSIT: $300

We have a sliding scale for our programs in an effort to make them accessible. Please pay what you are able and know that your generosity supports the affordability of all our programs. If you need financial support or a payment plan check out our scholarship fund.

Pay program deposit

This deposit signifies your commitment to the program and is deducted from the tuition balance. This is a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit that is required for enrollment.

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Once you have paid the program deposit, please fill out and submit the enrollment form below. After your enrollment form is complete, please submit all health and liability forms.

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

Additional course details & Materials

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Please plan to arrive in Big Pine on the afternoon of October 9th. We will complete the training mid afternoon on October 23rd. More logistical information will be sent once you register.

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.

All participants must submit the required health and liability forms.

Following enrollment, please submit the Letter of Intent. We ask that you write a letter of intent at least a month before the program, stating your reasons for enrolling and what is calling you to attend.

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 Handbook, 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.