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Wilderness Fast at High Meadow Farm
August 18, 2018 - August 27, 2018
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around a lake.”
— Wallace Stevens
Are you one who knows the natural world to be a touchstone? Would you like to learn more about how it can offer perspective and insight on any given day?
Have you ever wanted to do something like a vision quest – but thought that you weren’t ready to be alone, or to fast, or to sleep on the ground for four days and nights?
Have you actually done a vision quest or wilderness-fast before and wanted to do one again, making it a deeper practice or ceremony that you return to in a way that is alive and unfolding in your life?
About The Wilderness Fast
This August, High Meadow Farm will offer a 10-day retreat led by experienced wilderness-fast guides. Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Use time-honored practices that have proven to be helpful in solitary inquiry. These include, but are not limited to, living in very close relationship with the natural world, mediation and otherwise being still and observing what arises and arrives, the Four Shields teachings, and self-generated ceremonies.
- Spend four solo days and nights on the land at the farm. The guides help each participant design the experience in a way that is appropriate for his/her physical and spiritual circumstances.
- Come together (after the solos) to bear witness to the raw, honest information that each participant brings back. The guides will “mirror” each story, reflecting upon what they see in ways that can help ground and affirm your experiences.
During this program, you will learn about ceremony – turning to and invoking insights from a larger reality including the natural world. Spending time alone in the natural world, and separating from the things we create, can return us to our senses and the world. The contemplative skills you will practice (both individually and with the group) can enrich your life by strengthening your connections to the natural world, to yourself, and to your larger community.
About Our Guides
Marty Peale: Marty is an environmental educator and advocate, field naturalist (M.S.), artist and backcountry guide, with 40 years of experience in Vermont, Alaska, Washington DC, Wyoming, Puget Sound and northern New Mexico. She has training and experience in permaculture and riparian restoration. She has profound respect for the insights that come and bonds that form in the spaces between words. She has supported wilderness fasts and other contemplative wilderness retreats for more than 20 years with Upaya Zen Center, Prajna Mountain Forest Refuge, and with Emerald North (School of Lost Borders).
Scot Deily: Scot has been personally involved in rites of passage work for the past two decades, learning from and later co-guiding, most recently with The School of Lost Borders. Scot draws from past incarnations including his time on a wildlife sanctuary and retreat center, traveling and performing in a nomadic horse caravan, working with youth as a wilderness field instructor, and farming. As a Licensed Master Social Worker, Scot has served as a therapist working with equine, sand tray, art and play therapy in rural New Mexico. Scot believes in our innate capacity to partner with the natural world to find and follow our own soulful sound tracks. He approaches his vocations and avocations alike with care-filled levity and listening.
Tuition & Application Process: Get Started Today!
To apply, we ask you to send us a letter of intention about your interest in the program and to fill out a basic health history. Within 10 days of receiving your application, we will contact you to confirm whether you’ll be able to participate.
Tuition includes all accommodations, meals, and payment to our guides. To encourage participation across the widest possible spectrum, we offer three different levels:
- Sustaining: $1,400 (reflects the actual cost of the program)
- Mid-level: $1,100
- Supported: $850
A deposit of at least 50% of the full tuition fee is due by April 1st, 2018, in order to hold your place in the program. The balance is due by August 1st. Payments will be refundable in full up to June 1st, 2018. You’ll be responsible for your own transportation to and from High Meadow Farm.
Please note: There is a process of personal preparation that is recommended for this program. As a result, early registration will enhance your experience.
To learn more and to begin the registration process, please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.