CO Women’s Fast
– Remembering Ourselves Home –
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
– Mary Oliver
What is calling you?
Do you wish to claim and mark a change in your life stage? Have the time and community, both nature and human, to listen more deeply to your heart-song that is on the edge of emergence? Hunger for solitude and the whispers of wild nature?
In this program we create a clearing in our lives to restore what has been forgotten, fragmented or diminished. Ceremony invites us to take time to slow down and to find what we may have lost in the frenetic pace and challenges of our daily lives. We pause. We listen. As we renew our connection to the more than human world, we notice what is emerging through that body-sensing way of our sensual nature.
We go out not to prove our worthiness or strength, but rather to return to our natural rhythms and our rootedness. Through immersion in wild nature, the teachings of the Four Shields, ritual, and community, we gain clarity on what is ripening within us and ready to be revealed, so that we may step more confidently into our gifts and aliveness. As we nourish the inner well, we uncover our radiance.
The vision fast is a ceremony of empowerment and renewal, as we remember that we are an intrinsic part of the natural world. During our time you will gain profound insights into your current life passage, come into deep relationship with your longing and belonging, and discover clarity about your unique offerings to the world.
This 10-day vision fast ceremony, led by two experienced guides, involves four days of preparation, three days of solo, and three days of reincorporation, to support and hold your emergence. Following a pan-cultural model of transitions, this ceremony moves through the three stages of severance (preparation) – threshold (solo) – reincorporation (return).
Living nature is your mirror and source of transformation, and we will dive deep into this exploration of inner and outer communion. Our community is witness to the layers you shed and the new identity you may find.
Who this serves: We invite a village of women of all ages to gather and join. We celebrate the diversity of all expressions of sexuality and female-identified humans.
To be whole. To be complete.
Wildness reminds us what it means to be human,
what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.
— Terry Tempest Williams —
Contact Guide: Bettina Straub [email protected]
Co-guide: Nancy Jane [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
Participants arrive by 10:00am on Aug 16th. The program will finish by noon on Aug. 25th. More logistical info will be sent when you register for the program. ADDITIONAL FEES: Land Use Fee $120 to be collected at or before 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. Please note: As of May 2023 there are no longer any vaccination requirements for international travellers seeking entry to the USA.
The Trail to the Sacred Mountain: A Vision Fast Handbook for Adults is available through Lost Borders Press How to Prepare for Your Vision Fast Ceremony An additional recommended reading list will be provided.
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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