This year we are stepping back from teaching and guiding and focusing primarily on the Vision Quest.
The Quest is an ancient traditional practice of self spirituality and deeper connection to life, physical and non-physical. It is a highly personal time in which the individual delves into themselves, in such a way as to surrender all they are conditioned to think they are to themselves. It is there that they literally face their core.
There were and still are many variations of the Quest. This is highly dependent to the location and unique traditions of select tribes of people. Water Quests, Vision Quests, Darkness Quests, Night of Solitude, Sweats, and on and on the list goes. All have the same purpose and intent behind the practices- self exploration, connection and above all else- VISION. Pre-technological people believed highly in the Vision. They felt that everyone needed a Vision to guide them through life in order to align them with their purpose and balance. The Vision is a sacred thing that is unique to everybody. There are many types of visions, but the highest vision for the self is the Life Vision; the Vision that shows the path we have created for ourselves and the purpose we have set before ourselves in order to evolve into higher states of being.
In this tradition there are many months of requirements and tasks necessary to properly prepare the body, mind and spirit for the Vision Quest. You cannot just jump right in and expect results. Life does not work like that. There must be full commitment, dedication and patience in order to have a chance at gaining a vision during a quest. Not every quest yields vision. And most visions are not grand and fantastical like some people claim. Visions are mostly subtle and slow, like rich sap running slowly up from the roots of an ancient tree in spring, eventually filling and feeding the tree for its sacred growing season.
Before the actual Vision Quest there are numerous meetings and 4 main tasks that must be partaken that will lend an individual perspective, insight, alignment and proper mindset for the 4 days and 4 nights, or whatever amount of time is agreed upon. (the time period of the actual quest can be geared to individual needs and desires) Each meeting will reveal more details of the entirety of the Vision Quest and prayer offerings’ for the individual’s sacred journey. Each task starts with a prayer offering and after there is usually a meeting to fully discuss the experiences found within the task and answer any questions.
Only once all of that is completed and the body, mind and spirit are ready will the actual 4 day, 4 nights Vision Quest begin. However, the fullness of the Quest starts once the individual has committed to the journey.
For more information and details please see the Vision Quest Page.