I absolutely recommend this to others. I had a profound experience, a reinforcing catalyst in support of my journey on the path to living an authentic life.
One of the most unique and precious experiences of my life…This program reveals the depth of who you are, and gifts that take you into your life.
It’s hard to imagine that I would now feel so at home in the wilderness and that such profound experiences of spiritual connection would bless my path. What a unique opportunity to be fully disconnected from all modern distraction and to reconnect to the roots of what it is to be a human being.
I have no words, which is a huge statement about the depth and breadth of my experiences with soul, community and nature.
This Vision Quest experience is life enriching beyond any retreat, conference or seminar I’ve attended. It is a transformation on many levels. What a healthy way to tackle and embrace growth and healing on such a significant level.
As a female combat veteran I had much untapped and this journey allowed me to be in relationship with my experience in Iraq in a way that I cannot put into words. I have clarity and purpose to bring back to the world. We need programs like this. I am changed. I am whole.
I have done a lot of “self-development” programs, both spiritual and on the leadership/talent development side. But I received more from this program than from any other.
It is rare for me to feel safe enough to open deeply with a group. Under Mike and Dana’s facilitation it was almost effortless. It was such a profound honor to be held and witnessed by and with such wisdom, clarity, honesty, humility, ferocity and love. I feel new in my bones.
What I got from this Quest reached out far beyond my expectations. Thanks to the great leadership of Mike and Dana, I have been able to work out important issues in my life. Some of them I didn’t even know I had to go through in order to move forward in my life. I feel now much more grounded, regained confidence and built a strong motivation for my future projects. The group experience was also amazing. It was stunning to see such deep connections form in such a short time.
The consistently masterful framing of the process and of our experiences throughout the Quest facilitated a quick and deep dive into a tradition with enormous power to evoke what needed to arise for each of us.
I understand prayer now and a new and what feels like, right way. It is more of a song. Singing that I am part of the universe, part of the life force moving through. I cannot express my gratitude. Truly I have been moved at a level beyond language.
This work is alive! It's not dead preaching.... I appreciate people who know how to work with that live fire.
I undertook this vision quest seeking to ground myself—as a leader and an elder—more fully in both meaningful purpose and joyful expression. I found the experience to be a powerful process for clarifying my intentions and identifying what really holds heart for me. It was also a journey rich with unexpected gifts of insight and unfiltered experiences of truth and beauty. The high desert became an active and powerful palette for the quest, and my fellow co-questers became a vital community of support and mirrors for my own experience. The guidance was masterful—with just the right combination of experienced wisdom, open invitation, loving support, and gentle challenge.
My vision quest experience gave me a deeper connection to my inner being and brought me closer to nature as a great teacher. Our Rites of Passage guides, Mike and Linda, were both gentle and firm as they expertly facilitated our diverse group through the various stages of the experience. The deep sense of transformation, gratitude and openness I felt right after my vision quest sustains me as I integrate the teachings into my ever unfolding passage through life. I highly recommend a vision quest to anyone who is seeking to bring more meaning and purpose into their lives or feel called to recognize a life passage or transition.
Why was I here? To learn that I could survive alone and not just to survive but to learn how to be happy with my aloneness. I was here to see what being alone might teach me. I was also here to face my other fears—the ending of my relationship, the endings of things and events in general, and the ultimate ending...death.
The Vision Quest experience has allowed me to access a deeper understanding of myself and how I am able to contribute to my own growth as a person and to the growth of those close to me. The time spent in the bush allowed me to connect with the earth and through that connection take me to a higher level of consciousness. The experience will have a lasting imprint on my being. Thank you to Mike and Rob for their insight and wisdom.
Doing a Vision Quest is an enormous help in overcoming one or more mental or emotional blockages or dis-eases. By accessing the infinite healing energy of the Earth, by living with it unencumbered by food and other normal burdens of everyday life, and combining it with one's own resources, you gain virtually infinite healing energy to change one's state of mind. I find to a large extent this is a permanent change for the better, not just a temporary "buzz".
I was feeling a bit lost in my life. Even with all the activity such as work, family, friends and community interests. Something just wasn't quite right. After the quest, I feel settled within myself, my self-confidence has been restored and my love of life has been reaffirmed in a way that really means something to me. I highly recommend the experience to anyone who feels the call.
This program was a wonderful hugely transformative journey that I enjoyed very much. I thoroughly recommend it for those seeking self-knowledge, acceptance and clarifying the way ahead.
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Through this experience, I have found more inside of myself than I ever thought could possibly exist—so much appreciation, so much beauty, so much truth, so much love. I discovered both the darkness of myself and the darkness of the earth. And when the sun rose the next morning, I saw both myself and the world we all live in in a new light.
Just go. It is an experience you cannot get any other way. Everyone should be able to see life in this way. This is a place you can never come back from but would never dream of wanting to. I know it may seem unbelievable but this entire experience has raised every aspect of my life to a new level. It happens to everyone; it brings out what you always had needed to let out but never did. It shows you yourself beyond the purest form you can imagine. Take the plunge for yourself and the world, and go.
I have been scared, in the best way. This experience has allowed me to see myself with new eyes. I found what I was searching for, because it was there all along. There are no words to describe what happened on my vision quest… but if you really want to know, look into my eyes. See the way I hold myself with confidence and strength. Look at anyone of the questers and see how they have grown…how a light radiates from their body. With the support and guidance of our adoptive elders (guides), I have had the opportunity to grow and truly move into adulthood.
This program and experience changed my life. As a friend once said, I now find that the glass is always going to feel half full. I had no expectations for this program, and it exceeded everything I thought it could. I love the comfort and growth it has brought me, and showed inside me. It illuminated a large part of the inside of me that I know will serve me forever.
This has been one of the best experiences of my life. It’s given me a fresh, new perspective on things and a new appreciation for everything and everyone around me. I’m not a religious person by any means, but I imagine that this is the feeling a born-again Christian experiences... I feel so full of vitality and love. Thank you.
Vision Quest is for everyone, especially those that don’t think they need it. I’ve felt things I haven’t felt since I was young, things I thought were buried or lost. I faced them, reincorporated them back into my life. Vision Quest is so many words: clarity and purity and peace, love. It’s so much more personal and so much more spiritual and cultural—tying in all the things in the world and nature that are already there, but that we need to see more clearly so we can see ourselves more clearly. Vision Quest is about connection and synchronicity to all other life. Helping people find themselves and their support so that they can go on helping and supporting other life. Vision Quest has meant gaining Harmony for myself and for others who may not have it yet. Thank you!
There’s nothing like silence, or the time alone that was given. It drives you crazy and sometimes you have trouble understanding, but the guides are wonderful, and the answers are out there. You just have to listen. I would not be the woman I am today without this quest. This is not a lesson one could learn at home or in school. This is a lesson of the heart and of the hearth. Take the time, and let the land teach you.
Originally a skeptic, Vision Quest gave me the opportunity to reflect and gain an understanding about myself and how I want to be in the world.