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.
Traditionally Vision Quests are undertaken by people seeking to deepen their understanding of their life’s purpose (Vision) and as a rite of passage to mark 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.
The Vision Quest we offer 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.
Kate Rydge and Claire Dunn will be your Vision Quest protectors, and have both received training in this lineage with Malcolm Ringwalt from the Earth-Heart Institute in the USA. We both have extensive experience in our own questing journeys 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.
Nature Philosophy Vision Quest programs are held on the North Coast of NSW and run over 9 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 to be in touch well before the date.