NM Fall Vision Fast
The land knows you, even when you are lost.
~ Robin Wall Kimmerer
In increasing times of unrest and uncertainty it can be a common human experience to gravitate towards more “certainty” rather than less. Yet, in the Zen tradition “not knowing” is most intimate. The natural world reminds us of this intimacy and offers us refuge. There is something waiting to find us but in order to be found…we sometimes must first admit we are “lost”.
No matter our ancestry, we are all a part of the lineage of this living planet. And because of this it is in our marrow to be called to the land and into ceremony especially during personal and collective transitions. Courageously we surrender to the mirror of our wild environment, and to memory, the looks-within-place. We enter into the mansions of nature’s soul, pondering the questions: “who am I?” “Who and where is my community?” And “what is my intent?” We wander the precincts of loneliness, where vision lies waiting. We drink at the springs of our own soul and quenched with Self-recognition.
This can be a different kind of humbling – one rooted in the humus of belonging to those that are still here and those that came before. In our aloneness we shed off the “should’s” of modernity revealing something much bigger. However small amongst the company of stars, now may be the risky business of truly taking our place, claiming the brightness of our gifts and more fully committing to that which we are called to tend and be tended by. We are embraced by place and re-membered amongst the communities of red mesas, coyote and cliff swallows. Retrieved: a bone-knowing clarity. What is not important falls away. The work needing to be done lies ahead.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
– John O’Donohue
Program Overview: The twelve day ceremony involves four days of preparation, four days and nights of fasting alone in a wilderness place, and four days of incorporation. You will be readied to physically, psychologically, mentally, and spiritually benefit from the experience of fasting alone in the wilderness. You will be given an ancient means of looking into the mirror of nature (the Four Shields).
Program Questions Contact: Emerald North at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
We will meet at 10 AM on Sept. 19th. The program will conclude by 2 PM on Sept. 30th. Additional logistical information will be provided once you register for 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.
All participants must submit the required health and liability forms.
Following enrollment, please submit the Letter of Intent. We ask that you write a letter of intent at least a month before the program, stating your reasons for enrolling and what is calling you to attend.
If you have questions about the enrollment process contact us at [email protected] or call 760-938-3333.
Cochiti Lake is ancestral and contemporary lands of the Cochiti Pueblo people. The Cochiti people are thought to be descended from the Ancestral Puebloans. They settled in this area around 1250AD. Life under Spanish rule was harsh with endless mandatory tributes, the banning of traditional religious practices, slavery, and false imprisonment. The Cochiti participated in the Pueblo revolts of 1680. Afterward, they fled to their present-day village. In 1696, the Spanish came back and completely destroyed the pueblo. The Ghost Ranch was once Ancestral Puebloan territory. The Tewa Pueblo, Apache, Navajo and Ute peoples lived on and traveled through these lands for thousands of years. In 1766, the land was granted to a Spanish conquistador. Spanish rule in these lands consisted of unspeakable horrors and loss for Native Peoples. They were forced onto reservations by the US army as it took control of New Mexico in the mid 1800's.
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