Summer Quest 2019: August 29 – September 2
Open to Women and Men
“Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.” (Debbie Ford)
- Do you feel a longing for deeper connection with your soul, your spirit and nature?
- Do you feel lost, confused, unsure of your next steps or current direction?
- Are you yearning to slow down, sort things out, feel a sense of wholeness?
Experience the profound quality of silence and solitude by spending 3 days and nights alone in the oak and pine forests, open meadows and vistas on land held in trust by Sacred Earth Foundation. (located 20 minutes out of Goldendale, WA)
A Spirit Quest can support you to….
- Discover Inner Peace
- Deepen Your Sense of Being Connected Spiritually
- Deepen Your relationship with Mother Earth & the natural world
- Gain Clarity, Insight, Direction
- Encounter Your True Self
- Cultivate Grounded Health and Happiness
- Fall in Love with Mother Earth!
Invitation to Quest: Learn more about Quest, have your questions answered and begin your preparations by joining us for some or all of these monthly video-conferences via zoom, starting in April. DATES:
- Friday April 5, 5:30pm
- Sunday May 5, 10:30am
- Monday, June 3, 5:30pm
- Tuesday July 2, 7:30pm
- Thursday Aug 4,7:30pm
- (Note: times can be adjusted if necessary)
What is a Quest?
In traditional Native American culture, a Vision Quest includes setting up a sacred circle in the wilderness and spending a number of days in solitude and prayer, fasting from food and water, opening to guidance from spirit, with only a blanket for protection. People in a base camp prayerfully anchor the person with a continuous sacred fire, deep prayer and a supportive energetic container. Our Quests are inspired by traditional Vision Quest, but they are ‘gentle-way Quests.’ Our intention is for questers to feel nurtured, connected, held-in-love by Mother Earth.
The Spirit Quests we offer are shorter, simpler and less costly than many other Quests offered outside of native traditions. Our commitment is to make this experience accessible to anyone who yearns for more depth of connection to self, spirit and to nature. We deeply believe in the restorative and healing powers of time outdoors, in prayer and quietude. We see that modern lifestyles often result in disconnection from Mother Earth’s natural rhythms, our inner guidance, and Great Mystery. Thus, we provide a beautiful place and potent framework to support solo time in a wilderness setting, but no fancy frills. Seekers are expected to do their own advance preparations and integration afterward.
It is important for participants to prepare spiritually, mentally and logistically for this experience, so we are offering monthly video-conferences (January through May) for anyone interested to hear more about our Quests, ask questions, deepen understandings and stay on track with personal preparations. See the calendar for dates of these.
FEES and CONDITIONS
The fee for this Quest is $400.
To Register: Register by paying $100 deposit using the “donate” button below. Please register prior to 2 weeks before the Quest begins, so we know we have a minimum number of participants to hold the Quest. (Deadlines: 2 weeks prior to the Quest.) Note: if we cancel the quest we will refund any deposits paid.
The Quest was an amazing experience. The land at Ekone ranch is beautiful and benevolent- the waving grasses, the endless views looking out over the canyon, the groves of shrub oak and pine, the colored rock, the wild flowers, the big sky, the bright stars. Therese and Tere’s facilitation was brilliant: grounded, loving, playful, sensitive, and encouraging. And the offering is really unique. I loved that it was a gentle quest, where you could feel nourished and renewed by time to just be. There was nothing harsh or arduous about it, nothing you had to overcome or endure. We had plenty of water and could bring food if we wanted, someone was nearby if we needed something, and we were “checked on” from afar, but not interrupted. It was comforting. I could sink down into the moment and enjoy the endless flow of hours. The time to be and not do was such a gift and I learned so much about my mind, my habits and my tendencies. This learning was huge and helpful as I recognized how much I distract myself in my day to day life and how much I need the practice of mindfulness to help me be more present to what is alive in me. I could feel spirit all around in the animals, plants, and the very place itself. It was a rich and rewarding experience to surrender and allow, to just be and to give up all the striving that comes with everyday life. I am so grateful, I am forever changed.” Maria C. June 2017
“Sacred Groves Quest is pure unconditional love for your soul. Guided by the dynamic duo, you feel deeply supported and held as you ceremonially set out to be one with the earth. As your mind goes still you are able to reconnect with a part of you that has been patiently and lovingly waiting. And it is there, you see not only the beauty of your surroundings but the beauty of your soul. I highly recommend this journey to everyone.” “Trina G., Seattle WA”
About Spirit and Soul …… (adapted from Bill Plotkin’s book Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth) Quests are an opportunity to listen for guidance about your soul’s calling, i.e. the role each is born for, the singular way that s/he can serve and nurture the web of life. Soul is one’s place, a vibrant space of shimmering potential waiting to be discovered, claimed….occupied. The human soul is both psychological (mythopoetic) and ecological; it is one’s individual psycho-ecological niche. Your soul is your true home. Sitting in silence, within the beauty of the natural world, awakens our understanding and connection with our “soul.” On the other hand, Spirit is the universal consciousness, intelligence, psyche, or vast imagination that animates the cosmos and everything in it –including ourselves–and in which the psyche of each person participates. Spirit has many names. We choose to call it “Great Mystery.”
Join us for Questing to nurture your Soul and connect with ‘Spirit’ by listening to the many voices of Mother Earth, your own heart and body!