The Vision Quest 

May 24- June 2, 2019

For years, copying other people I tried to know myself. From within, I couldn't decide what to do. Unable to see, I heard my name being called. Then I walked outside. 

Rumi

Initiation ceremonies are part of a cycle that helps to find answers to life’s big questions and that encourage meaning and purpose by fostering a deepening of relationships within a larger context. The Vision Quest is a therapeutic nature ritual of confirmation, integration, and initiation that reinforces the awareness of loss, sanctions remembering, facilitates the expression of feelings, provides support, and guides the needed reorganization of life. 

The Vision Quest includes time in solitude in nature during which you seek inner revelation – vision – that will enhance the meaning and direction of your life. You go into nature to fast and deeply contemplate who you most authentically are at this time in your life. You give up physical comforts and the company of other humans while you pursue the discovery of intent and purpose. Those who seek deeply will find ancient mysteries of self transformation: mysteries of clarity, of self-reliance and faith, of dying and rebirth.

There is an element of risk. Four days and nights alone in a natural place (solitude), fasting (emptiness), exposing yourself to the elements (vulnerability), and self-reliance (self-trust), are the earmarks of old ways of learning. You can expect to invest a good deal of time watching yourself and your relationship to the Earth and the rest of humanity.

You will prepare your own circle, take responsibility for your own well-being, and experience a multitude of emotions and feelings as you proceed.


The Exchange

The fee for the Dragonfly Healing Vision Quest is $840 - $1125 (Sliding scale)

The exchange is for instruction, teachings, and guidance before and after your time of solitude. It also covers expenses including facilities and site upkeep/rental, property & liability insurance, supplies, and travel expenses. It is what enables me to continue to offer this experience to those who are called to it. There is no fee for ceremony that takes place during this experience.

A note on gifting for ceremony 

It is customary to offer a gift, above and beyond the monetary exchange for the program, that expresses your respect and gratitude for the ceremonies being shared and for your guide, and that reflects an understanding of the value of the wisdom being shared. If you are unsure about what to gift, ask. I'm always grateful to receive something I need and/or can use. Food that I can freeze and dip into from time-to-time is always appreciated as are items that I need for Ravenwood. Skills or a trade that you can share with some of our projects are a great contribution. People sometimes ask how I feel about an additional cash gift. It is not necessary but if that feels good to you it will be received with gratitude.

Deposit

A $250 deposit will secure your registration. Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Participants are responsible for their own camping gear and we will share responsibility for food.Part of your preparation will include instruction and guidance on what to bring.

Minimum age: 19 years, unless special permission is given.

Maximum number of participants: 6

We will set up a time to meet and discuss your intent. During this meeting you will also formally request my guidance with an offering of cloth and tobacco. If we are unable to meet in person, other arrangements will be made. After this formality, your preparation begins. There will be a number of tasks, practical and ceremonial you will need to complete before you arrive. You will receive regular email communication and instruction/guidance from me regarding these tasks. Please give yourself a minimum of three months to prepare. 

Your 10-day ceremony involves three days of preparation, four days and nights of solitude and fasting in the forest of Ravenwood, and three days of incorporation before you return home. You will be prepared physically, psychologically, mentally, and spiritually for your experience.

If you are interested in participating in this ceremony, please contact me directly: corinna.dragonfly@gmail.com