Circles of Air and Stone offers vision quests, workshops, and trainings in Vermont, the American Southwest, the mountains of North Carolina, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. These programs are intensive, offering a deep encounter with nature — both inner and outer — and the often shifting boundary between the two. They provide powerful tools for those wanting to access deeper levels of awareness and live with passion, purpose, and authenticity. They’re particularly useful for anyone facing change, looking for direction or insight, or seeking skills and ways to help themselves or others. If this is you, take a look at the programs and courses found below:
Those were the best 11 days of my life. When I drove away I became very emotional and cried for at least half of the trip home. How would I incorporate everything I had learned on my quest into my everyday world?
I am feeling better and better… fully alive for the first time in my life.”L. G. — “Whispering Wind” — New York
Since time immemorial, people have gone to the wilderness to seek guidance and renewal, to let their old lives and old selves die, to find the conditions where spirit may be rekindled, reborn within them.
Christ went to the desert and fasted… Buddha went without food and entered the forest. Mohammed, Moses, Black Elk… Over a billion people worldwide follow religious traditions where an original, iconic figure experienced profound realizations through undertaking a vision quest. This process of solitude and fasting — far away from the roles and routines of civilized life — produces deep transformation and powerful insight. And it’s a process that you can still experience today.
At Circles of Air and Stone, we guide people to find their true nature in nature. Our vision quest programs last 11 days, during which the participant spends 4 days and nights alone, fasting, finding deep communion with the Earth which sustains all living beings.
The first 4 days are spent preparing in a small group — limited to 8 to allow for individual attention and feedback. This time includes instruction in rites of passage and initiation; how to enact a heroic journey; medicine wheel teachings that create a wholistic model of Self and psyche; and physical plane issues, such as emergency and survival procedures, and what to expect from fasting. We’ll share a full array of teachings about ritual and ceremony, both traditional and self-created, that will help you find forms that speak to where you are in your life and journey at this moment.
Participants are then brought to the wilderness, crossing a threshold and living alone for four days and nights on the earth. Upon returning, the group spends an additional three days sharing their stories, giving and receiving feedback, and learning rituals of incorporation. The emphasis here is on realizing — seeing, grounding, and claiming — the lessons learned in the solo period, as well as finding ways to bring those gifts and lessons back into daily life… planting the seeds of our “vision” in the fertile soil of work, relationships, and community.
Going on a vision quest is profound and often life-changing. Over and over we’ve heard participants say, “Doing this was among the best decisions I’ve ever made.” If you feel ready to explore a process that can bring you face-to-face with your power, purpose, and deepest truths, we invite you to click Vision Quest.
Adventures of the Spirit Retreats and Workshops
At Circles of Air and Stone, we assist and train individuals to face themselves and create meaningful and successful passages through the transitions and crises in their lives.
An Adventures of the Spirit workshop will emphasize having your own authentic experience. We must discover, face, and know ourselves in order to live from our strengths rather then our wounds. We must find our ground, claim our truth, and determine our place; whether alone, in relationship, or in community.
These programs create a fertile context for people to claim their own authenticity and authority, tell their own stories, determine their own myths and face their pain and monsters… to fully participate in their own heroic journey. Individuals are supported in finding their “medicine,” their unique path to wholeness — and in bringing their gifts forth for the benefit of their people. Each Adventure of the Spirit contains a rich toolkit of supportive and provocative processes that can help you discover your passion, purpose, and power… open new doors of perception… create your own meaning, define your own success, make your own decisions… take your next step on the path to becoming whole.