Fri, Jul 08 | Lūžņa

Vision Quest

A Depth Journey for Opening to Earth's Wild Wisdom
Vision Quest

Time & Location

Jul 08, 12:00 PM – Jul 18, 2:00 PM
Lūžņa, Unnamed Road, Lūžņa, Tārgales pagasts, LV-3601, Latvia

About The Event

Place of event: Beautiful and silent place in the middle of the woods, 400 meters from the Baltic Sea.

Limit: 10 persons

Costs:

2750€ if staying in equipped overnight tents

3000€ if staying in a single room

Description:

Earth, isn't this what you want? To arise in us, invisible?

Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly

there's nothing left outside us to see?

What, if not transformation,

is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,

I want it too. Believe me,

no more of your springtimes are needed

to win me over—even one flower

is more than enough. Before I was named

I belonged to you. I see no other law

but yours, and know I can trust

the death you will bring.

See, I live. On what?

Childhood and future are equally present.

Sheer abundance of being

floods my heart.

From THE NINTH DUINO ELEGY

by Rainer Maria Rilke

(Translated by Anita Burrows & Joanna Macy)

This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is

a dynamic wilderness rite for you who are longing to step off-trail, take leave from

the conventional knowledge of the village, break from the marching step of clocktime

and sink your roots into the deep green expanse of forest consciousness and

the dreaming of earth. Not for a ‘holiday’. But for the holy privilege to respond to

a primordial call from deep inside to break open wide your heart to earth’s wild

wisdom, uncover the passion and wisdom of your soul, and consciously embody

the particular and unique gift that is yours to live into the world in service to life;

inhabit your place of belonging.

As a rite of initiation, the quest is a ceremonial descent to the underworld, in which

you die to your familiar way of belonging to the world. The Animas Quest catalyzes

the encounter with soul by temporarily displacing everyday consciousness through

five primary means: (1) solitude for three or four days and nights while (2) fasting

(i.e., drinking water only), (3) being fully exposed to and enfolded within the forms

and forces of nature, (4) enacting a series of ceremonies, and (5) employing a set

of practices (soulcraft) that support you in crossing into the mysteries of nature and

psyche.

This quest will take place over a total of 11days. Preceding your time of solitude are

five full days of preparation activities to support you to become more permeable

and vulnerable to the touch of the wild world upon you and let yourself be

changed.

During the first five preparation days at the Station in Luzna, we will open to the

mysterious Dreaming that comes through our night dreams, deep imagination and

edge of consciousness. We will work with poetry, ceremonial trance drumming and

dance, dialogues and sacred reciprocity with nature, the way of council, and other

practices to help us slip out of the skins of our everyday lives and access deeper,

wilder currents of nature and psyche.

The heart of the quest consists of the solo: three days and nights without human

companionship in nature, fasting, engaging in personal ceremonies, saying yes to

the mysteries of soul, tending the true mythos of your life, praising and grieving,

and gestating a vision. Upon your return to base camp, there are three days of

reincorporation activities, preparing you to embody among your people what you

received on your fast.

The Guides:

Sage Magdalene is an artist creating experiences that promote radical shifts of consciousness leading to generous, generative, Earth-loving practices of ecological reciprocity. She designs collaborative international gatherings, performances and demonstrations that encourage cross-species communication and initiate quantum shifts in humanity's capacity to respond creatively and compassionately to current planetary crisis situations.

Sage is a guide and trainer for Animas Valley Institute, an organization dedicated to supporting the underworld journey to soul initiation for present and future generations. She has a gift for hearing and reflecting the deep stories of many beings. She invites people to thresholds and opens gates between worlds. She has been an educator, artist, dancer, and gate keeper in many ecosystems. Her greatest joy is to hear and converse with the wild others: moon, spider, frog, human, river and stars. She brings a light touch and embodied wisdom to the serious work of transformation. Sage lives in the Pojoaque River Valley, northern New Mexico, USA.

Sara McFarland is a healer of the Golden Web of Life, an Edgewalker singing the Frequencies of Soul, a ritualist in reciprocal relationship with the Holy in the Wild. As an improvisational singer, SoulStoryteller, and guide, she creates Fire Silk and Dreams Earth’s Web, in order to weave paths of golden threads into the underworld and between the worlds for others to follow. She tracks the Life - Death - Life energy of transformation and serves as a Death Doula to that which is dying- both in the personal as well as the collective. She is a Queer, both/and creature, welcoming of the exquisite multiplicity of Life beyond the Binary. Her capacity as a Gatekeeper allows her to presence the many manifestations of life (seen and unseen) blossoming beyond a human-centric perspective. She is a traveler with, a friend along the path - her work is both trauma-informed and compassionate, in service to healing personal and civilization trauma. She is also unafraid to be fierce, lovingly cutting to the heart of the matter -  in service to ending the current Paradigm of Life-destroying-ways, as well as the dying that presages the renewal of Soul Initiation. Mystery, the Cailleach and the Dream guide her Muse to live a Soul-led life.