vision quest 2014

Vision Quest

 

Vision Quest

Date:: Sat 5 July 10am- Sunday 6 Jul 2pm

Booking : Peter Devlin 086-3663276 or [email protected]

Cost : 90 euro) – excluding accommodation

Meeting point: Benwiskin centre, Ballintrillick, North Sligo

CPD: 16 hours

 

“To enact a vision quest is to clear a space. To quest is to honor a fallow time in our spiritual lives, an emptiness into which something utterly new and generative might enter. It is to create an open vessel capable of being filled to overflowing by the sacred Other”

 Bill Plotkin

 

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn. Normally it involves at least three day, three night fast, alone, in a place of natural power. What I am offering is a shorter version of this with an opportunity for men and women to spend at least eight hours of silence on the mountainside.

 

It will involve a period of preparation which will be conducted with personal contact with me by phone before the event, completion of a form indicating your reasons for taking part and suggested reading material will be given.

 

The group will spend Saturday morning 5 July together preparing for the solo time, then they will be invited to go out on the mountain and choose a place to spend the next 8 hours in silence and fasting until 9pm. They will then meet briefly before retiring for the night in silence and fasting.  The fast will end with breakfast at 8am on Sunday. Participants can pitch a tent or stay in the local hostel.

 

 

Sunday will be taken up helping people to integrate their learning and experience. This can be a powerful time of celebrating the achievement of doing a Vision Quest , being really listened to and receiving guidance on ways of incorporating the vision into everyday life. This will take place in a different environment.

 

Reasons for doing a vision quest include the following: seeking advice on a major life decision, to celebrate or confirm a path already chosen, seeking direction, seeking courage to forgive oneself or forgive another. Perhaps something is dying in your life and a new phase is waiting to be born. Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Fasting helps us see the role that food plays in our life and helps us appreciate that there are other forms of food. Being in one place for a considerable period invites one to stay with one’s pain and thus find a way through it.

 

Those who took part last June expressed the following reasons for taking part in the quest:  “ a desire to continue on my spiritual journey,”  “availing of something which came from another tradition and yet is local,”   “the feeling that I have lost touch with God and myself,” and “ time to figure out my life purpose”.

Feedback included the following:  “really valued the guidance and the sense of companionship on the journey” “I feel fed and nourished”  “Being able to re-cognise God as the Almighty and resume my place as a human being” “was so good to take the time and trust the experience”.

 

Participants would need to be comfortable with being outdoors for a considerable period, be reasonably comfortable with silence and aloneness, have a moderate level of fitness and be willing to spend some time preparing for the event. Past participants can profitably repeat the event.

 

Please note that the the final date for booking is Friday June 27th. To secure a place please contact Peter and send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo

 

 

 

Date:: Sat 5 July 10am- Sunday 6 Jul 2pm

Booking : Peter Devlin 086-3663276 or [email protected]

Cost : 90 euro) – excluding accommodation

Meeting point: Benwiskin centre, Ballintrillick, North Sligo

CPD: 16 hours

 

“To enact a vision quest is to clear a space. To quest is to honor a fallow time in our spiritual lives, an emptiness into which something utterly new and generative might enter. It is to create an open vessel capable of being filled to overflowing by the sacred Other”

 Bill Plotkin

 

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn. Normally it involves at least three day, three night fast, alone, in a place of natural power. What I am offering is a shorter version of this with an opportunity for men and women to spend at least eight hours of silence on the mountainside.

 

It will involve a period of preparation which will be conducted with personal contact with me by phone before the event, completion of a form indicating your reasons for taking part and suggested reading material will be given.

 

The group will spend Saturday morning 5 July together preparing for the solo time, then they will be invited to go out on the mountain and choose a place to spend the next 8 hours in silence and fasting until 9pm. They will then meet briefly before retiring for the night in silence and fasting.  The fast will end with breakfast at 8am on Sunday. Participants can pitch a tent or stay in the local hostel.

 

 

Sunday will be taken up helping people to integrate their learning and experience. This can be a powerful time of celebrating the achievement of doing a Vision Quest , being really listened to and receiving guidance on ways of incorporating the vision into everyday life. This will take place in a different environment.

 

Reasons for doing a vision quest include the following: seeking advice on a major life decision, to celebrate or confirm a path already chosen, seeking direction, seeking courage to forgive oneself or forgive another. Perhaps something is dying in your life and a new phase is waiting to be born. Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Fasting helps us see the role that food plays in our life and helps us appreciate that there are other forms of food. Being in one place for a considerable period invites one to stay with one’s pain and thus find a way through it.

 

Those who took part last June expressed the following reasons for taking part in the quest:  “ a desire to continue on my spiritual journey,”  “availing of something which came from another tradition and yet is local,”   “the feeling that I have lost touch with God and myself,” and “ time to figure out my life purpose”.

Feedback included the following:  “really valued the guidance and the sense of companionship on the journey” “I feel fed and nourished”  “Being able to re-cognise God as the Almighty and resume my place as a human being” “was so good to take the time and trust the experience”.

 

Participants would need to be comfortable with being outdoors for a considerable period, be reasonably comfortable with silence and aloneness, have a moderate level of fitness and be willing to spend some time preparing for the event. Past participants can profitably repeat the event.

 

Please note that the the final date for booking is Friday June 27th. To secure a place please contact Peter and send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo

 

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