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.
We are honoured to walk this sacred journey with you & welcome you to be in touch.
Vision Quest Dates: 20th - 27th May, 2017 - Glenreagh, Northern NSW
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 stuckness of your life which is 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 and occasionally in the USA for over 12 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. Under Malcolm's mentorship Kate Rydge and Sam Roberston have trained as Vision Quest Protectors and Trainers of Quest Protectors.
All Nature Philosophy Quest Protectors 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 embody in the silence of the natural world.
Program info…Nature Philosophy Vision Quest programs are held on the North Coast of NSW and run over 8 days. 4 days of which are the Vision Quest ceremony. 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 Contribution: $980*
*Please note that the course contribution covers the costs of running the program which houses the Vision Quest ceremony. At no time do we charge for the ceremony or the teachings of the Vision Quest. Your financial contribution reflects your commitment and respect for this ancient practice, and is an offering of exchange with the people who will facilitate and protect you.
Testimonials..."Listening to the whisper within myself that lead me to Vision Quest, has been the biggest gift of my life. Never before have I had the stillness, pure joy, deep healing and commitment to look deep within my soul and have it reflected back by this precious earth we live on. The depth of honor for myself and the earth has changed my life, this imprint will stay with me forever. The whispers of vision and the gratitude I feel for life is so strong. Old layers of pain, grief and suffering have moved and made space for the true essence of me. This Vision Quest for me is healing and truth at it's most powerful, the disintegration of old ways of being making way for your soul to shine in the light that is it's birthright. Words cannot thank Kate and Sam enough for their guidance and love through this process. Their Humilty, integrity and huge hearts have inspired me deeply. Thank you for holding space for people like me to step into my life and vision with courage and a deeper honor for this earth." Jessie Cadden
"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."