CO Women’s Fast
Intergenerational Women’s Vision Fast
– Remembering Ourselves Home –
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 —
Since time immemorial, women have gathered to celebrate, honor and support life. In doing so
we form a sisterhood deeply rooted in our own authentic nature. As we join together to share
our stories across a spectrum of years, we hear echoes of our own wisdom and intuitive
knowing, and we remind each other that we are enough; we are beautiful; we are powerfully
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. We
take notice of what is emerging through that body-sensing way of our feminine nature.
Welcome to our intergenerational village! We do not go out to be tested, to prove our
worthiness or strength, but rather to return to our natural rhythms and rootedness. We
remember our essential nature as the wild humans we are, empowered to trust our instincts, unearthing the essence in our bones. In our blood we feel the yearning to trust our innate
attunement and body wisdom, letting go of the familiar habits of struggle and striving so we
can respond with relaxed strength and awareness.
As women, we come together to renew our connection to the more than human world and to
better understand our current life passage and stage of growth. 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
potential and aliveness. As we nourish the inner well, we discover our beauty.
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 women’s 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.
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
Program Questions Contact: Bettina Straub at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
Participants arrive by 11:00am on Aug 16th. The program will finish by 11am 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.
To learn more about our commitment to regenerative relationships please visit Cultural Relations.