Our vision quest, a unique cross-cultural rite of passage, is undertaken with other participants
under the guidance of experienced wilderness facilitators.
At the Seventh Quest, there are three essential phases of
This is the time of preparing
for your vision quest. It involves severing yourself from your
personal responsibilities and current way of being. Through
recommended readings, journaling, and walks in nature, you
will begin to discern your “Intent”
for your upcoming solo adventure. The Seventh Quest guides
will assist you in clarifying your Intent – your purpose
for engaging in this rites of passage ceremony. They also
instruct you in wilderness safety, leave-no-trace camping
techniques, and self-generated ceremonies.
is the heart of the vision quest. From one to four days
(depending on the length of the quest), you will be alone
in the wilderness on a fasting retreat, accompanied only
by your emotions, thoughts, dreams, and your Intent. Without
food (this is a water-only fast), shelter or companionship,
you enter the threshold of the wilderness and discover what
nature wants to reveal. As you perform your own ceremonies,
the natural world will mirror back to you, guiding you toward
a personal vision. This is your sacred time, your spiritual
retreat – a time and space for healing emotions, unearthing
gifts and rediscovering your true nature. The threshold
time invites you to embrace a new vision of a meaningful,
The incorporation phase of the vision quest
welcomes you back into the “body” of
the group and into your new life. Each person shares his
or her story, while the guides honor each one, mirroring
back the insights and reclaimed gifts. The guides also facilitate
questers in integrating their new visions and stepping forth
to share that with their communities.
vision quest offered by Seventh Quest allowed my mind
to quiet down so I could hear my own inner guidance
about issues in my life. I was able to release things
that were holding me back, and that process is ongoing.
Letting go of old baggage and negative thoughts has
made me much more powerful."
~ Peggy T., Staff Accountant Omaha, NE