The Vision Quest is a solo bush experience in which you spend 4 days and nights within nature seeking personal truths, emotional release and spiritual clarity. The simplicity and powerful universality of this Quest format means it works for people of all belief systems and religions, including any Australian seeking a deeper empowerment of their life’s purpose through this ancient rite of passage.
Traditionally Vision Quests are undertaken by people seeking to deepen their understanding of their life’s purpose (Vision) and as a rite of passage marking significant stages in life. The ceremony of the Vision Quest has the power to fundamentally transform and release you from long held frozen emotional experience and mental patterning. Often, if you are called to the Vision Quest you are ready to embrace the challenges in your life which are currently blocking your personal growth and the fulfilment of your unique Vision.
During a 4 day Vision Quest participants stay within a small circle, free to respond to the moment as guided by their inner wisdom, while being held within the Earth's and Creator's presence. In essence the Vision Quest is a fast from all things that are familiar in our normal life and includes fasting on water during the time spent in the Vision Quest circle. When we enter into this 4 day process we have the opportunity to transcend the disempowerment of our day to day distractions and become open to embodying our essential truth.
Nature Philosophy has been offering Vision Quest in Australia for the past 8 years. Time and time again we have been blessed to see participants powerfully transform their lives through the beauty and wisdom of this spiritual technique.
The Vision Quest Nature Philosophy offers is a traditional sacred ceremony, passed down in America from a Southern Lipan Apache called Stalking Wolf. Stalking Wolf’s vision included preserving the common truths that ran through many cultures in North and South America. He sought beliefs, spiritual practices and ceremonies that worked for all people regardless of their race or skin colour. As a result the Vision Quest he passed down has been stripped bare of Apache rituals and symbolism – leaving only the common elements and essential truths Stalking Wolf observed lay at the heart of many Vision Quest ceremonies.
In order to offer this program in Australia our team of Quest Protectors have all received extensive training in this lineage with Malcolm Ring-walt from the Earth-Heart Institute in the USA. Our team of Quest Protectors also have extensive experience in their own questing journey and will be able to offer you safe and supportive counsel during this sacred and powerful time.
While the words “vision quest” are representative of this program’s distinctive North American heritage it is worth remembering that solo wilderness retreats have been found across all cultures since time began. We are all encoded with a Vision for our life’s purpose which we can seek out and empower in the silence of the natural world.
Nature Philosophy Vision Quest programs are held on the North Coast of NSW and run over 9 days. Accommodation is tent camping, previous experience with spiritual retreats and camping is not essential. All meals and water are provided for around a communal camp fire and each meal is prepared with beautiful whole foods. An essential element to questing is preparation, so we ask all who are called to participate in the Vision Quest are in touch with Kate 2-3 months before the Quest dates.
Vision Quest Donation: $980*
*Please note that the course fee is a suggested donation only. This money covers the costs of running the course. At no time do we charge for the ceremony or the teachings of the Vision Quest. Your donation reflects your commitment and respect for this ancient practice, and for the people who will guide and protect you.
"The Vision Quest is a most precious and enriching experience. It has brought me in contact with myself and the magic and mystery all around me. I am in awe of the strength and clarity that continues to unfold inside of me. PH."
"Absolutely amazing!!!! Such a deep and powerful way to get in contact with The Creator, Mother Earth and your true self. Words can not properly express the gratitude I feel for the Vision Quest. Thank you, D Hajinikitas."