CA Women’s Vision Fast

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Nov 8th, 2023 - Nov 19th, 2023 | Death Valley, California | Betsy Perluss, Ruth “Roo” Wharton, Kelly McClelland

A woman longs to be seen and accepted in her most wild and authentic self – a self intimately entwined with the creative forces and cycles of nature. Like the waxing and waning of the moon, her essence is reflected in the continual movement of light into the dark and a return into the silvery light. Birth-death-and rebirth. She knows this in her body as she makes the descent and remerges anew, having sourced herself from an ancient wellspring of wisdom.

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 her back to its source through the age-old practice of rites of passage. She goes 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 nature and her inner nature.

Perhaps you are one of the many women called to this ceremony. Maybe it is time to move deeper into the questions: What is asked of me? How do I source myself? How do I recognize the ancient myths guiding my life? What is drawing me toward the threshold?  A descent, incubation, or 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 Purluss at [email protected]

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TUITION: $1000 - $3,000
DEPOSIT: $300

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.

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 Please fill out and submit the enrollment form and then pay the program deposit below. After your enrollment form is complete, please submit all health and liability forms.

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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.

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

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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.

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 November 2021, unvaccinated international travelers are not currently permitted entry to the USA as per current CDC Guidelines.

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.

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.

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