One of the most profound experiences
of your life
2023 Summer Vision Quests Opportunities
Journey into an ancient desert of 1600 year old Junipers also known as the Desert Cedar or Tree of Life.
Aboriginal cultures have long regarded the land as a Dreaming being. When we enter wild landscapes with nothing but what we carry within us, it is said we partake in an ancient tradition called Wild Land Dreaming. We arrive in a receptive state where we "remember" how we're being called to be dreamt into the world.
Join in the footsteps of one of the oldest traditions found across the world
Throughout the world, this practice of going out into wilderness alone, to fast, drum and pray, and be part of the Land's dreaming has been an essential rites of passage people experienced at various stages of their earth walk. (life)
It's likely one of the oldest traditions in the world. Here you join in the footsteps of all those who've come before you. They may even speak to you through the whisperings of wind through the old juniper, the hooting of owl at night or the curious rabbit who plays hide and seek amongst the sage brush. Through Vision Quest we connect with the other worlds woven within this one.
Is Vision Quest Right For You?
Vision Quest is something we are called to. There's an ancient trembling that begins to stir just beneath the surface of your being... an ancient call that says "it is time."
In other words, it's not something you do to check off on your bucket list. You are either called to it or you're not.
Vision Quest takes physical, mental and spiritual preparation. While guides and other initiates will be nearby, you'll be alone for three days and nights with little or no food. Schedule an interview to assess if you're ready and/or how to prepare.
When To Do a Vision Quest
Vision Quest is something we are called to when we're ready to make a shift in our life and to mark a significant transition. It may be a time of healing, or to gain new vision or clarity. Other times we are called to Vision Quest to reconnect with Nature, the spirits, and the greater movement of how you're being dreamt into the world by the Great Mystery.
Through Vision Quest, you gain a new clarity, a new or renewed sense of direction, of who you are and how you fit into this greater web of life. Other times you get a confirmation of the path you're on.
Each person's experience is unique to them.
Vision Quest requires preparing physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a journey you take both as an individual and as a village.
You will be part of four Virtual Council Fires (zoom) over a period of a month. Through the traditional ways of storytelling, mentoring and soulful dialogue, you'll be guided in preparing your body and mind for the experience.
Spend time alone in nature
Practice heightened sensory skills
How to coax in the vision and experience
Preparing digestion for fasting
How to manage emotions, impulses, anxieties and fears
Traditional ways of doing ritual, "crying for a vision" prayer and meditations
Listening to traditional stories of Vision Quest experiences
How to enter the Mythic mind where you become tuned into the symbols, imagery, and mythic presences during your experience
You will also have one-on-one mentoring available during your month of preparation by a skilled guide.
During Vision Quest
The community of elders, peers, ,family and initiates gather together and they drum as you exist the everyday world and enter the mythic world of wilderness.
It acknowledges the person who enters Wild Land Dreaming will not be the same who returns.
During Vision Quest you will be guided to a secluded spot amongst the 1600 year old Juniper trees. There you'll create a circle.
You stay within that circle for 3 days and 3 nights.
During this time you meditate, drum, pray, dance, be still... You become attuned to the natural world, to the subtle movements and relationships around you and within you. You just may connect with the many worlds woven within this one.
As you fast, and feel into the deep silence of the ancient land... as you feel into the stillness and yet the aliveness of the land and the great canopy of stars at night, you'll go through specific stages mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Watch the Vision Quest Intro Video for details.
You'll have trained guides and volunteers skilled in Wilderness First Aide and mentoring who are at the base camp. We'll have a way for you to check-in daily by a flag system to ensure you have enough water and support any needs that may arise. You'll be fully supported.
As you're doing your Vision Quest, there will be a group of us along with elders and other souls who'll be drumming, doing ritual and in prayer at the base camp to support your experience. It becomes a group ritual supporting you each day of your vigil.
Being Received Back Into The Circle
On the fourth morning, a guide will lead you back to the main camp. You'll be given tasty, nourishing food that is easily digestible. We connect as a group and prepare to return to the village circle.
We'll then drive to another camp where the elders, peers, family and previous initiates will drum you back into the circle. We'll gather around the fire and share our stories, the lessons or new visions we're taking with us. The elders will help draw out deeper reflections and how you may carry your new "Medicine" (vision) into the ordinary world.
The Return To The Ordinary World
You'll spend one more night out amongst the juniper with your fellow initiates. We'll gather around the fire and deepen into your experiences. We focus on how do you now return to the ordinary world. This is often the most challenging part.
We'll provide the stories, practices and ways of integrating back while stepping into and living your new sense of self and vision.
The following morning, we part and return with the medicine we each now carry.
Details, Dates, and How To Apply
Only 6 participants per Vision Quest
July Vision Quest
Pre Council Fires 6pm PST (zoom)
July 16th, 13th, & 20th
Vision Quest 6 days
July 23rd - 29th
We offer 3 levels of Vision Quest
Light Food Vision Quest
Fasting may not be optimal or possible for all people. We'll assess your bodily needs and adjust your vision quest accordingly.
Investment & Application
Payment Plans Available
There's a lot of things and people that go into making this possible. Paying travel expenses for elders, fire wood, trained mentors and so on. Vision Quest is a Village effort where a lot of time, effort and energy is invested into your journey.
How To Join Us:
If this calls to you… email us at learning@TreeOfTotems.com and share why this resonates, why you’re ready and committed and what you hope to get from this.
We’ll then schedule a free 30 minute phone interview to connect, share further details and answer any questions you have. We'll assess your physical ability and intentions.
Only 6 spaces available.