CO Fall Vision Fast


Sep 28th, 2024 - Oct 11th, 2024 | Wild Mountain, Colorado | Pedro McMillan, Kelly McClelland

Fall is a potent season, the leaves change, the nights lengthen, and the composting of all that is overripe begins. It is a time of harvest and a time of shedding. We begin to draw inward, to listen, and to be with the seeds of change. 

We begin to ask what is our responsibility as true, whole, initiated adults and elders to tend to the collective unraveling within us and around us. What is this time asking of us? How can we tend our communities, cultures, planet, and more than human kin? What inherited stories, structures, and systems are overripe and ready to decompose? 

As we surrender into the natural rhythms of the cycles and seasons – something new emerges. It is time to nurture your aliveness, and to know and live your place in the web of life. 

Marking life passages allows you to shed old stories and versions of self and fully embrace all of who you are now. Spending time alone, in a wild place on the earth, something deep in your bones is revived – a call you have been longing to answer. 

This initiatory time can transform your life and allow you to emerge with a new story. You will have the opportunity to share this story and to be witnessed by community amongst the stunning Fall aspen leaves in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This experience can cultivate belonging and meaning in your life and invite you to show up as the invaluable human being you are and give your gifts in true service and reciprocity. 

“I don’t fully have the words to articulate how deeply meaningful and impactful this program has been and how skillful the guide team has been in supporting us! This work is so transformative and needed in the world. To be witnessed lovingly in this process, in community, and with the land is the medicine I, and we, need!” – L.R.

“I felt like part of an open, caring family, every day. There was an enormous amount of respect for listening to everyone, especially on the part of the guides, Kelly and Pedro, who held space for everyone’s story. There were many tears and laughs. I felt truly heard, seen, and part of something beautiful.” – T.B.

I don’t think I’ve ever shown up so raw and angry and vulnerable for the ceremony. It was a huge, desperate leap to trust enough and let go of any attempts to pretty up so many rough edges and broken places.  So much gratitude to you for holding that, and for taking on the extra work of creating accessibility and support for my physical needs.  I am still incorporating all that happened, but please know that I continue to feel deeply in my soul that this Fast, more than met the needs that I brought to it, and continues to be a source of healing for the wounds that were brought into the circle.” – W.M.

If you are feeling the need to be in community and do deep, personal work for yourself, your community and the earth, then this program is right and the time is now. To secure your place, the first steps are to enroll by clicking the enroll button below and sending a deposit or sending a check to the School of Lost Borders. You will then receive more information about the next steps in the process. Scholarships and payment plans are available and we have additional funds for BIPOC participants if needed. Please contact the guides for more information.

Program Overview:  This thirteen-day initiatory program is divided into three sections; severance, threshold time, and incorporation.  

Once you commit to coming, the severance process begins where you sever from the life you have lived in order to step into the life of who you truly are now. You physically leave home, but the psyche also severs from the old during this time. The first days of the program are a time of physical separation from your daily life, psychological preparation, and setting the intention for your solo time. 

The threshold time is your solo time of four days and nights on the land to mark your own life passage(s). This is the liminal space for you to deal with the past, let go of what no longer serves, and celebrate all of who you are now. Base camp will be held not far from your solo spot and you will have a ‘buddy’ to ensure both your and their wellbeing each day.

The days spent after your solo time are the beginning part of the incorporation process. You are invited to share the story of your solo and be witnessed in the community of the group. The guides will reflect or ‘mirror’ your story back to you and the gifts you bring to this new phase of life. Finally, we will prepare you to carry your story, your gifts and yourself back into the world where your incorporation process will continue to unfold over the year ahead.

Program Questions Contact: Pedro McMillan at [email protected] or Kelly McClelland at [email protected]


TUITION: $1000 - $3,000

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.

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We encourage people to arrive on the late afternoon/evening of the day before we officially start which means you will arrive at 4:00 pm on the afternoon of Saturday, September 28th. The ceremony will end by mid-afternoon on Friday, October 11th. Before making travel plans, please communicate with Pedro so you won’t miss any important time on the land or with the group.

ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fee $120. All 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. 

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.

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Wild Mountain is land of the Tabeguache Ute people and other Indigenous tribes who traveled through this area of the Colorado Rockies. The Ute lived and hunted in this abundant land of elk, buffalo, deer, and bear before white settlers came and forced them onto reservations in southwest Colorado and Utah.

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