Vision Quest to Mono Lake Basin2012 Vision Quest
August 1 - 9
Mono Lake Basin, California
JULY 15th : MANDATORY PRE-QUEST MEETING, MARIN COUNTY
Join us for a free info night!
Ask your questions, meet our guides, see a slideshow,
share your stories.
Sunday, May 6, 5 - 6:30pm
Santa Rosa - Call for directions
Sunday, May 20, 5 - 6:30pm
310 3rd St., between Clement & Geary
Please e-mail us and let us know that you're coming.
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The Power of Rites of Passage Rituals
At different times in our lives we go through transformations that can encompass and affect every part of our being. What happens when we donít slow down to mark these passages consciously, allowing not only our cognitive mind to grasp how weíre growing, but also making space for our emotional, psychological and physical bodiesí to integrate? Indigenous peoples the world over knew the power of Rites of Passage rituals to mark these major life transitions, and help not only the individual, but the whole community to make the shift gracefully.
To decide to Vision Quest is a choice to sacrifice something of yourself to benefit others. On the quest you will have an opportunity to spend three days and nights alone, at a sacred place on the Earth, fasting. We give up our comforts for this short amount of time, to pray for our people and cry for a vision. When we move into the silence of nature, away from the distractions of every day life, our minds can quiet and we have an opportunity to reconnect with the Earth and our Souls, and perhaps experience ourselves in a way we have never known before. The weaker we become from fasting, the stronger we become in Spirit. All the ways we kept ourselves small and out of harmony with nature become blatantly obvious to us. This is the time to face your fears - whether youíre afraid of animals, the dark, not eating, or your own chattering mind, this is your time to be present with what is and not run away; to make a commitment to live differently.
The real work comes after the Vision Quest is over and the quester begins to incorporate the various teachings and experiences back into their lives. It takes focus and courage to integrate and implement the visions received while questing; and it also takes patience and respect for the process, as this could take years.
Maria Owl Gutierrez is the founder and director of Ancient Path Vision Quests. She has her Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology, as well as certifications in hypnotherapy, herbalism and intuition medicine. She currently sees clients in Sebastopol, CA, as a Spiritual counselor, teacher and healer. Maria went on her first Vision Quest at 19, and has quested five times since with native and non-native guides. She has been leading wilderness quests since 2004, holding questers in a container of deep Indigenous roots and a vision of planetary awakening. www.mariaowl.com
Rob Schene is a practicing psychotherapist intern at Holos Institute in San Francisco and received his M.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is passionate about the power and wisdom wilderness offers and loves assisting others in creating the space to listen. He has experience as a wilderness field guide in the mountains of Southern Utah, men's group facilitation, and was on the Guide Team of the 2011 Ancient Path quest. Rob's wisdom comes from seeing deep meaning through metaphor, mindfulness and physical expression. www.robschene.com
Martha McCabe is a licensed Spiritual Counselor with United Centers for Spiritual Living and received her MA in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community at New College of California in 2005 (with a concentration in Consciousness, Healing and Ecology). Martha has quested 3 times, most recently with Maria as guide. She has also assisted on 8 quests, the three most recent with Maria at Mono Basin. Martha is passionate about deepening our connection with Spirit through a relationship with wild nature.
Mike Shea is an Initiated man from the Men of Spirit community in Sonoma County led by Francis Weller of Wisdom Bridge. In February 2012 he completed his second Menís Initiation through Shift Network, Inc., an international organization that helps to heal men and women globally to make this a better world for us to live. He has Vision Quested in the Inyo National Forest in 2000 and has been assisting with Ancient Path Vision Quests since 2009. Mike will be bringing his gifts of holding community in deep reverence, dream and heart medicine. Mike is a retired chef and will be preparing gourmet meals for the quest.