CO Women’s Fast


Aug 16th, 2024 - Aug 25th, 2024 | Wild Mountain, Colorado | Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

– 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]


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.

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. 

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.

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.

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