CA Women’s Vision Fast
One of a woman’s greatest longings is to be seen and known in her most wild and authentic self – a self that is intimately intertwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the waxing and waning of the moon, the feminine is reflected by the continual movement of light into dark, and back into the light. Birth-death-and rebirth. She knows this in her own body as she makes the descent and remerges anew, each time sourcing from an ancient wellspring of wisdom, passed down by a lineage of women who have traveled this route before.
No matter the circumstances, the gains and the losses, the wellspring never dries up. Perhaps, it gets forgotten, or dismissed, but eventually, the waters call a woman back to its source through the age-old, nature-based practice of a rite of passage. She is called to out alone, with an empty belly and bare essentials, into the spacious desert, for four days and four nights where she will find herself in perfect solitude. Here she can clear away the distractions of her busy life and tune her ears to the voices of wild nature around her and to her own inner nature; the truth of her being, a daughter of Earth.
Perhaps you are one of the many women who have been called to this ceremony. Perhaps it is time to move deeper into the questions: What is being asked of you? How do you source yourself? How do you recognize the ancient myth that guides your life? What is drawing you toward the threshold? A descent. A time for incubation? An emergence? Is this a time of letting go, or a time to reclaim?
Program Overview: This ceremony involves several days of preparation, 4 days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness place, and a few days of incorporation. You will be readied physically, psychologically, mentally, and spiritually, that you might fully benefit from this experience of fasting alone in the wilderness. You will cross the threshold and enter into your ceremony, making it your own. During the final days, we will join together for the sharing of stories. The guides will listen, help you to understand, and challenge you to give your vision practical feet-to live the life you have rightfully claimed as your own! When all the stories have been told, we will celebrate together before you return to your community with new understanding.
Program Questions Contact: Betsy Perluss at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
We will hold camp among the creosote bushes and open expanse of the desert of Death Valley National Park. Our first days will begin at campground in Death Valley. Solo time will take place in a more remote location. We encourage people to arrive on Tuesday, November 8th, the evening before we officially start. The group will then come together for its first meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9th. We will complete our ceremony on Sunday afternoon, November 20th. ADDITIONAL FEES:Camping fees are usually between $20-$40 for the entire time depending on group size. Any additional fees 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.
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.
Tüpippüh (also known as Death Valley) is home of the Timbisha people and is the name of their ancestral and contemporary homeland. Miners came to this area in 1849 and the Timbisha’s land was stolen to create Death Valley National Monument in 1933. The Timbisha were allotted a 40 acre reservation in the park and also forced onto other reservations and into towns in the area.
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