Vision fast fruits: protect bees from buzz kill!

Fasting in the desert… again! I just returned from a women’s vision fast in California, where I met a fabulous group of women and reconnected with some of the wonderful women guides I have apprenticed with in the past. The reason I chose to fast at this time was to celebrate the sale of Monkey … Continue reading Vision fast fruits: protect bees from buzz kill!

Vision Fast Retreats at BC Wilderness Visions

2012 Dates There are no dates scheduled for 2012. If you are feeling the hunger for solo time and sacred ceremony in nature and the call of the wild is strong within you, we will do our best to fill this need, even if for just a 2-day weekend fast. The location will be in … Continue reading Vision Fast Retreats at BC Wilderness Visions

Starting the vision fast – setting up base camp

Finally, I am ready to continue with the story of my first vision fast, which I started telling you about in February 2011! Last time I wrote of this epic journey, I recounted some of the details of the road trip from BC to Colorado, and the week I spent at Naropa with my ecopsychology … Continue reading Starting the vision fast – setting up base camp

Drumming for the vision fast

I was interviewed this week on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio (CFRO 102.7 FM) about the vision fast. The interview was for a radio show called Conscious Living. Listen to the interview to find out more about this thing called a vision fast. The interview concludes with a song for calling in the four directions, which I … Continue reading Drumming for the vision fast

Sweat lodges, vision fasts, smudging with herbs: whose practices are these?

As I continue to tell you the story of the sacred time in the sweat lodge, I am troubled by a recurring theme that has arisen over the years, about cultural appropriation, or misappropriation. I just came across this article from 1993 in the New York Times, Spiritual Seekers Borrow Indians’ Ways. Clearly, this has … Continue reading Sweat lodges, vision fasts, smudging with herbs: whose practices are these?

Safety and the vision fast

Next vision fast: July 5 – 11, 2009 at Monkey Valley This week I had the great pleasure of giving a presentation on the vision fast to the Vancouver chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.¬†Our March STC¬†program was a Pecha Kucha event, in which speakers each discuss 20 slides for 20 seconds, making the … Continue reading Safety and the vision fast

Cougars: spirit guides on the vision fast

When you are on a vision fast or medicine walk, you enter into a mystical realm where all events and encounters take on a significance that is bigger than what most of us experience in ordinary waking life. During this time, an encounter with an animal is not just a coincidence. (If it ever is!) … Continue reading Cougars: spirit guides on the vision fast

Fasting for a vision: naming my intentions

As I mentioned last time, writing a letter of intention was one of the preparation tasks in the severance phase of the vision fast. I wrote a 6-page letter and sent it to the two guides. Here I include the part where I focused on my hopes for the vision fast: “When considering what I … Continue reading Fasting for a vision: naming my intentions

Fasting for a vision: preparing for the journey

The story of the vision fast I was going to undertake in June 2005 begins with the preparations I made in the threshold phase. The vision fast was a component of the three-week residential portion of the summer semester at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. This would be my fourth trip to Boulder; I’d previously … Continue reading Fasting for a vision: preparing for the journey

Fasting for a vision: the threshold time

The time when we are preparing to undertake a vision fast is the first of the three phases of the vision fast ceremony. It is called the severance phase. The medicine walk I’ve been describing was an important step in preparing for the vision fast, as well as being a ceremony of its own. In … Continue reading Fasting for a vision: the threshold time