Enrollment in a Vision Quest Program
Enrolling in a vision quest involves choosing dates for participation, filling out the registration form, and placing a deposit to secure your space. Programs are kept small — a maximum of 8 — to guarantee personal attention and feedback, and they are filled on a first-come, first served basis.
Registration, Costs, and Cancellations
The cost of a vision quest program is $1295 if a participant registers 30 days or more in advance, $1495 thereafter. The fee for the all-apprentice training quest is $1200. Advance registration with a non-refundable deposit of $400 is required, with the balance due 30 days prior to the start of the program.
Upon receipt of your registration and deposit, you will be sent a preparation packet containing a guidebook on vision questing, as well as other information related to transportation, equipment, recommended readings, etc. In addition, you will be expected to write a letter of intent and return a health questionnaire and liability release form.
Think seriously about whether you are ready to do this before you commit. Indecision and anxiety — especially as the quest dates approach — are a common experience, and the choice to act from our purposes and intentions rather than our fears is an important and empowering decision. Should unavoidable circumstances make your participation impossible, your deposit — if you notify us at least a month prior to your scheduled starting date — may be applied toward another program taking place within a year of your registration. You will receive a full refund for any courses canceled by Circles of Air and Stone, although this happens rarely.
If your intent to undertake a quest is sincere and you cannot currently afford the full cost of the program, payment plans and/or scholarship assistance can sometimes be worked out depending on need, circumstances, and available funds — through calling or emailing the office. The world we live in has huge disparities of wealth and income, and people have very different perspectives on what is inexpensive, affordable, or extravagant. We offer this option for up to two participants on each program.
The experience of a vision quest is profound, and it has the potential to be a pivotal point in major life transitions. We highly recommend declaring your intention early to allow for a thorough preparation. Early enrollment facilitates scheduling, since courses often fill up; makes travel arrangements simpler and more economical; and it prevents any unnecessary cancellation of programs.
Vision quests or other programs may also be scheduled to meet the needs of already-existing organizations. These may range from a weekend to extended stays or pilgrimages into the wilderness, and they can be focused around various purposes. Existing groups — friends, work companions, support groups, etc. — may choose to undertake a quest or other program together to deepen their relationships to Spirit and each other; focus on their vision, mission, or core desires; or accelerate a healing process. Costs and logistics can be worked out between the parties involved. Inquiries are welcome.
2017 Vision Quests
To register for a Vision Quest, please send a $400 deposit via PayPal or postal mail. (See below)
|March 16-26: Death Valley||
|May 11-21: Aldo Leopold Wilderness||
|July 20-30: Chama River Wilderness
|September 21 – October 2: All-Apprentice Quest||
|October 19-29: Gila Wilderness||
|April 13-23: Valley of the Gods||
|August 10-20: Somerset Lake, Vermont
|August 27 – September 3: Elders’
Transition Quest, Putney, Vermont
|(To be determined): Green Mountains, Vermont||
MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM
Please send the completed form with a check to the address below:
P.O. Box 48
Putney, VT 05346