There comes a time when you must leave family, friends and work behind and go off alone, looking within to discover your changes in the circle of life. An ancient ceremony, the Vision Quest (also called Vision Fast) enables men, women and youth to engage in a sacred journey: completion of an old life, movement through the threshold of the unknown, and return to the world reborn. People in any life stage or transition will find meaning in this powerful process.
This path has been followed by human beings for thousands of years. You hear these questions calling you– “Who am I?” “What do I have to give?” “How can I heal my wounds?” Despite being afraid, you know this is something you have to do. So you meet with others like yourself, and guided by caring staff you prepare yourself for the journey. You learn about the wilderness terrain, putting together the necessary equipment, about physical safety and survival, and about the inner terrain, going over the story that has brought you to this threshold. You study ancient symbols and teachings that will help illuminate your way. All the while, the small group is becoming a community, offering support and love.
For a more detailed description of the elements and the journey itself, please read The Rites of Passage Wilderness Quest.
The Quest gave room and space for me to visit difficult places in my soul. The guidance you gave and the room and the space I could not have done without.
From start to end the whole experience felt genuine and heartfelt. With a lifetime of knowledge and open hearts Mike and Renee made what seemed daunting and sometimes impossible an amazing life learning moment of growth and exploration.
I thought the whole thing was pretty much perfect – preparation, location, structure, depth, size of group. It was just completely off the scales. The guides insight, generosity and stamina is amazing
This program is so special, so unique, and so powerful. My experience was nothing like I thought it would be. I was able to grieve in a deep way that my heart really needed. I felt so much stronger and clear on the other end. Absolutely unforgettable.
This Quest had a profoundly positive impact on my life and soul journey in the most subtle and beautiful way. It allowed me to open more to my heart’s longing and an intimacy with self and nature. I was finally able to put to rest over 15 years of restlessness and deep pain. The space was held so safely, gracefully and with such wisdom by Mike and Renee. I am eternally grateful for their presence, their work and the journey we all took. I am changed for the better.
Felt contained and safe while exploring new territory. Support felt nurturing, intentional and present. The leadership was exceptional. What a powerful experience.
This has been a wonderful week in Ireland I won't easily forget. The vision quest was one of the best personal growth experiences I've ever done. To be alone with yourself in the wilderness allowed me to really go deep and access hidden feelings that needed to emerge. Being in Ireland was added plus as the unique beauty and Celtic history of the land added to the power of the quest. I highly recommend this adventure to all.
I came with no expectations and actually wasn’t quite sure what I was walking into. Immediately upon arrival I felt welcomed, safe, guided and held which allowed me to let go and be. I slowly shed layers allowing clarity to shine more brightly. I am so grateful for all I received.
A journey of self-discovery, community, connection and heart. Rich and full of depth. I appreciate the presence and transparency provided by the guides.
I was supported and challenged by this Quest in ways that I didn’t expect, and ways that are different to my own long established practices. As was said the wilderness was my primary teacher. I feel clear in body, open of heart and hopeful.
My experience showed me how capable I can be. The program gave me a structured approach of how to look into myself.
I came into the Quest a stranger who felt broken and lost. What I found in the forest was my true self again. I am lighter. There are no words I can use to express my gratitude. I’ve gained so much
The experience was moving, powerful and life changing. Pushing boundaries, awakening connections and providing the idea avenue for growth, healing and self-affirmation. Incredible, guidance, support and overall experience.
It would be hard for me to imagine someone going on this program without experiencing significant spiritual, psychological and emotional growth. On this one program I discovered critical life changing insights about my life and I feel poised and prepared for a new era of significant growth in my life.
This really was a rite of passage for me. I feel re-born and know who I am. My intention for this Quest was to gain clarity – which I did – along with so much more.
It (the Vision Quest) will change your life for the better in ways you’ll never imagine.
I have gone into the wilderness to Vision Quest three times in my life, at age forty four, three years later with my son as he turned thirteen and two years ago as I turned 65, with Mike and Renee from Rites of Passage. Reflecting on the power, the richness, the depth of this experience, how much I have realized my intentions for going to the desert, how much my life has changed in beautiful ways.
It wasn't an easy journey, I had to give up a lot, but the teachings of the desert live for me as guideposts to follow. When I did my first Quest I was given a spirit name. Twenty three years later I feel I am fully living into my name.
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.