today 09 to 16 Aug
account_circle Guides: Claudia Goncalves and Adele Clarke
today 23 to 30 Aug
account_circle Guides: Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday
place Community Woodland in Balerno
maximum 3 participants
The Vision Quest as Rites of Passage has been used throughout the world, for thousands of years, as the most direct and powerful way to contact guidance, inspiration, renewal and the sacred view. When a person is ready, he or she will go on a personal, spiritual quest under the guidance of a Vision Quest guide. He/she will then stay alone in the wilderness fasting. While in there, his/her intent is to commune with nature, find oneself and the intended life direction.
There are many variations of wilderness fasting quests. We use a form which has been drawn from ancient times and adapted to meet the needs of people of our times.
On quest, a person can receive deep and powerful insights into their true nature, contact the purpose of their lives, receive their spiritual name and mark the transition into a new phase of life with a deep understanding and respect for the interconnectedness of all life.
For thousands of years people have been going into the Wilderness to seek solace and wisdom for themselves and their people. Many cultures share a traditional Rite of Passage, a period in which the individual is tested alone in a wilderness place, emerging as a changed and stronger person.
In early times, among more traditional or tribal cultures, the transitions of life were clearly defined. Birth, childhood, adulthood, marriage, old age and death were formalized with rites of passage. In modern culture, life transitions are not so clearly defined. In the process of technological development, our culture has lost this system of meaningful ritual.
The structure we use for the Yuth Vision Quest includes pre-counselling, connecting with nature, fasting and "mirrowing" back to you the spiritual significance of your story on your return.
Participants are encouraged to apply their own values, beliefs or faiths to their experience.
I feel really honoured to have had the old ways of Rites of Passage passed down to me and I feel blessed to be able to serve my community in this way. As well as going through my own Vision Quest for a few times, I have over two years of formal training as a Vision Quest facilitator trained with David Wendl-Berry, one of the foremost Vision Quest guides in the UK. I have years of experience facilitating vision quest for young people at Youth Vision, another charity I co-founded. I am also co-founder and managing director of Planetary Healing Centre and the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre since 2003. I have a wide range of experience facilitating work, training people and facilitating Rites of Passage for people of all ages and background.
In order to secure your place, the deposit of £300 is required and the rest paid before your quest. Please contact Claudia for more information on how to apply.