The Vision Quest 

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. There is a growing desire among Western populations to experience meaningful ritual and holistic personal growth. 

People have always used rituals to derive meaning through life’s diverse and sometimes challenging transitions. 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 perceived 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 personal borders are risked.


The Exchange

The fee for the Vision Quest is $1125 - $1500 (including the preparation phase which begins prior to the Quest).  We have established a sliding scale in order to make this program accessible to a wide range of people. We have set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.  

The exchange is for instruction, teachings, and guidance before and after your time of solitude. There is no charge for ceremony. The exchange also covers expenses such as food, land rental, supplies, and travel expenses. It is what enables us to continue to offer this program to those who are called to it.

Deposit

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

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 ceremony and guides.

Minimum age: 19 years

Maximum number of participants: 9

An outline of the 2017 program: Preparation for your Windwalker Dragonfly Quest begins the moment you make the decision. Pay attention to things that seem to be getting in the way, especially all the reasonable reasons for not going.

  • May to August: You prepare yourself through ceremony, conversations, getting equipment and supplies together, and journaling. We guide you through all of these activities. Please Note: We recommend at least 3 months for the preparation phase and ask that you register by early May if possible. If you register after May, please be prepared to give priority to the tasks of preparation.
  • August 5-6: We prepare you for your four days of solitude: the Quest itself. This preparation time includes sharing teachings; physical, emotional and ceremonial preparation; selection and preparation of your Quest circle. You will be invited to participate in a sweatlodge ceremony at separation and return. We will start early on the first day and strongly recommend you arrive the day prior (August 4). It is important that you give yourself ample time to arrive and settle in.
  • August 7-10:The Quest. During your Quest you will be watched over by guides and protectors who keep a vigil at a ceremonial fire that burns for you, day and night, until you return.
  • August 11-13: Return, welcoming, honouring, integration, teachings, and preparation to depart.

Questions? Send an e-mail to dragonflyprograms@gmail.com