“The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and power to serve others.” Joseph Campbell
Location: Pine Barrens, NJ
Cost: suggested donation (see below)
This year’s Vision Quest is called the “Temples Vision Quest” and, while it is a full 4-day Quest, there are a few changes that will enhance the experience and make it more easily translated into your life. Practices will be added to the Quest in such a way as to make the Quest more focused on the inner sacred which will yield considerably clearer spiritual insight and breakthroughs. This is a dramatic shift of the understanding of the Quest and will allow us to take the Quest to the next level of focus on the spiritual, far beyond the psychological that has often kept Quester’s bogged down in the superficial.
Generally, the Vision Quest is an ancient rite of passage used for thousands of years by indigenous cultures and mystical societies for spiritual growth and expansion. The tradition passed to us consists of 4 days and 4 nights immersed in the beauty and healing energy of nature, alone in a Quest circle, no distractions, fasting from all things familiar. You come face to face with yourself, and get to know more deeply who you are (and who you are not). With all distractions and the noise of daily life removed, and the voices of those around you silenced, you are more able to hear the whisperings of your soul reminding you why you came here in this life. 4 days and 4 nights — just you alone with the Creator.
Find a greater sense of joy that comes from creating a life that has meaning when you realize your unique gifts and begin to live them and share them in the world at large. You will also be able to find the gifts and power in what you have perceived as your weaknesses, obstacles, or shadow. Why is the Vision Quest still used to this day? Because it works and it works powerfully!
We are passing along the Vision Quest teachings of Lipan Apache elder and shaman Stalking Wolf (though this is not a Lipan Apache Quest). The program is 8 days. Prior to your Quest, we will help you prepare for this life-changing experience and we will provide the structure and support you will need. We will also provide security and protection from outside interruptions. After the Quest, we will give you the tools to help you process and understand all the gifts and insights you have received, so that your spiritual growth can be integrated into your daily life.
The Vision Quest is a challenging and powerful opportunity for growth, regardless of your background, station in life, or belief system. It is free of any dogma or religious affiliation. The only requirement is a commitment to yourself, your spiritual growth, and a willingness to be transformed. Prior outdoor experience is not required, and past participants in this rite of passage have ranged in age from 15 to 82. Please call to discuss any questions or concerns about dietary or medical needs.
You will need camping equipment for the base camp during the days you are not Questing. A full “To Bring” list will be included in your acceptance letter. We provide all meals during the 4 days you are not Questing, and we provide all bottled water used during the Quest.
Suggested Donation; $775.00 by cash/money order or check made out to Malcolm Ringwalt.
$800 if paid through PayPal to “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
This donation is not payment for the Vision Quest teachings, but covers the many expenses incurred in running this program, such as the meals for the 4 days you are not Questing, land rental, supplies, travel expenses, insurance, etc., that enables us to continue to offer this program to those who are called to it. Further, it is a measure of your commitment to what you are undertaking and a measure of respect for your guides and protectors in the experience.