This pan-cultural rite of passage ceremony has supported men become and remain generative for millennia offered here as a 12-day programme incorporating a 4 day solo fast in nature.
"A vision quest, when adequately prepared for and sincerely approached, (with reverence, humility and a good handful of mischief), will grant us a glimpse of our true self as seen through the eyes of the wild and natural world. As it mirrors back the essential images awaiting in our soul, it reveals to us both in sensation and story the unique desires, gifts and purpose that belong to us and which are ours alone to steward.
As an extra bonus, undergoing the ordeal of a vision fast enlarges our fundamental sense of belonging, often way beyond our rational capacities and leaves us with a splinter of awe buried deep inside our hearts.
It is the best way we are able to blend the archaic archetypal images with our personal images and allow them to be woven through and encapsulated within the deep wisdom of nature.
Initially, this is often seen as a burden and a blessing. A burden as in we need to cultivate our own way to carry it, effectively apprenticing ourselves to our soul's wisdom, and a blessing because we can, without guilt or regret, set aside all that isn’t ours to carry." - Paul Howell
It is the most direct way to remember what it means to 'Know Thyself'.
"This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." Shakespeare.
Gathering on land first inhabited by the Picts 5000 years ago, near ancient middens, a short distance from Macbeth’s castle and the battleground of Culloden, amidst abbeys and neolithic stone circles, we will already be walking on the mythical grounds that have shaped the soul of Britain and thus its legacies.
As a community of men our intention will be simple: to witness, bless and celebrate the significant transitions in our lives. In doing so we’ll embrace and embody the inspiration and insight necessary for the fulfilment of our deepest dreams and longings.
Offered in a contemporary form it’s a bio, psycho, social necessity for those wishing to harness the gifts of their deep wise imagination, in authentic relationship with the wild natural world.
In addition to the core 12 day Quest, I’ll be offering an online programme of group mentoring pre and post this event.
All costs will be kept to a minimum.
Your experienced vision quest guides will be Paul J Howell and Marta Maciejewska. Both have decades of experience of working with people in transitional times.
Over the last 20 years I have worked as a coach, psychotherapist, mentor, trainer, facilitator and consultant - the common thread has been change and transformation, personal and organisational. Guiding Vision Quests near my home, a landscape that has been my sanctuary, solace and inspiration for the same amount of time brings all of my skills and experience down to their most essential elements and reminds me, I am still very much a beginner. Being in deep relationship with a community of committed questers, sharing simple food and the beauty of the land whilst shedding what needs shedding and embracing what needs to be claimed; this is the most fulfilling work for me, a deep honour and a profound learning every step of the way. You can read my full bio here.
'Marta grew up in the mountains of Poland where she gained a deep reverence for Nature. Travelling extensively from the vast Siberian tundra to the overcrowded streets of India, she appreciates the inter-connectedness between humanity, the elements and culture. A student of shamanism and the medicine wheel she is a Vision Quest Guide, facilitating safe and powerful transformation with Nature as teacher, witness and guide.
A qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher; she supports people towards achieving their psychological and spiritual potential. She is passionate about dance as sacred movement which she feels initiate us back into the wisdom of our bodies’ dynamic healing powers, vulnerability and strength.
Marta is currently a member of a Sacred Activists Leadership & Spirituality in Action Program, bringing together people from different spiritual backgrounds who want to create a more beautiful world, trained to initiate dynamic social change and create positive transformation in the world.'
To register your interest and request an information pack and application form, please email me at:
Places are limited - Age 18 andup.