CO Two Week Training
This training gives students an immersion in a rite of passage ceremony, including the skills involved in leading the vision fast and an understanding of how the principles of rites of passage can be applied to a profession, community, or client. Trainees are encouraged to learn the form, the process, and then to give it their own unique expression within life and work. Throughout the two weeks, the trainee 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.
The first five days are given over to preparation (severance). Morning and afternoon meetings are the norm. Instruction includes: council; screening and preparation; cultural appropriation; intention process; the four shields of human-nature; self-generated ceremony; and mirroring.
Trainees go out into the wild mountains, find a place for their solo and set up communication stone piles with their buddies. For 4 days and nights, the trainee lives alone with an option to fast (Threshold). Sometimes, trainees will choose to remain in basecamp as support for others instead of doing their own ceremony.
The final days of the training are focused on incorporation where each story is told and trainees practice mirroring for empowerment. We also look at the process that has just unfolded from a training perspective and prepare ourselves to reenter our lives.
Prerequisite: at least one facilitated solo experience
Program Questions Contact: Roo Wharton at [email protected]
***A negative Covid test from all participants will be required within 48 hours of arrival at Wild Mountain.
Additional course details & Materials
We encourage people to arrive at 4pm on September 2nd. The group will then come together for its first meeting the next morning on September 3rd. We will complete the training mid-afternoon on September 17th. More logistical info will be sent when you register for the program. ADDITIONAL FEES: Land Use Fee $100 paid in cash or check made out to 'Wild Mountain Retreats'. This will be collected at 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.
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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