“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”
— Rumi

WHAT IS the wild rites quest?


About the wild rites quest

The Wild Rites Quest is a wilderness intensive which includes a solo fast for 4 day and 4 nights. Sometimes called a vision quest or vision fast, which is associated with Native American culture. The Wild Rites Quest enacts the practice of fasting in the wilderness to commune with your True Self, Life and Nature. It is universal and timeless… Buddha fasted underneath the Bodhi tree, Jesus went to the desert, Moses climbed Mount Sinai and Mohammad fasted in a cave. In myths of the British Isles Merlin and Taliesin experienced deep transformation, profound realisation and a sense of purpose through the vision fast. At Wild Rites we consider this transformative rite to be the birth-right of all people. 

Our quest offers you the opportunity to address and move beyond the limitations that you have created in response to your history, culture and environment. We recognise adaptations may have once been necessary and yet now they may limit you. We invite you to join us on this quest to become who you were born to be.

Like all Wild Rites programmes, we start with the premise that your True Self is constantly seeking greater expression and that suffering is often caused by a misalignment between old adaptations and the emerging Self. 

Our programme spans 11 days. Group size is limited to eight participants to ensure individual needs are met. The programme is designed around the three phase rite of passage structure.


Separation / Preparation

This phase begins before you physically join us and often participants book and begin months in advance. You will be guided through a process of reflection and insight into your current life patterns, identifications and habits, which will include a medicine walk and letter of intent. 

When the time comes you will separate from existing roles, routines and habits to join us in a wild location. We will spend the first few days in a small and soulful community. During this time we will explore and experience teachings from psychosynthesis psychology, the medicine wheels and myth. These will offer a holistic model of Self and what it means to be fully human- there will be plenty of space for discussion and reflection.

There will be empowering guidance on creating ceremonies and rituals, which will enable you to create transformative symbolic acts during your solo time. We will support you to find forms that speak to where you are in your life journey at this time.

Before your solo fast there will be time to spend on the land finding your place and connecting to Nature. We will also teach you all the physical skills necessary for your solo time and what to expect from fasting.


Transition/ Solo in Nature

You will then cross a threshold to live alone on the earth for four days and nights, to fast with only water and minimal shelter. The time is spent in deep communion with nature and your Self. 
Fasting creates a change in consciousness. Our focus becomes broader, our attention more dream-like. The internal dialogue slows down, other thoughts and ways of perceiving bubble up from below the surface. Our highest aspirations and qualities begin to emerge often alongside our wounds that need healing- they are often found together because we tend to split off from these at the same time. We repress our light just as much as our darkness. 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.”
— Marianne Williamson.

As the body empties of food and the mind is no longer distracted by daily pursuits, a space is created from which emerges our True Self, our deepest longings and innate potential. We rediscover the gift we were born to share with the world.

Returning to intimate contact with the living Earth awakens forgotten senses and ways of perceiving. Our wild, authentic, and natural Selves are rediscovered through recognising our connection with Nature Herself. 

As the fasting causes our mind to open we project the emerging content onto Nature. She becomes a mirror and through our solitary interaction with her we begin to remember who we are and recognise ourselves as part of the larger story. 

“The vision quest is nothing but a circle drawn in the dust, an empty form filled by the perceptions and values of the candidate. It is a mirror in which one sees oneself reflected.” Steven Foster

From this interaction with our greater mother many connect to a deeper sense of belonging - true self-worth that is independent of the others opinions.

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” Desiderata- source unknown.


Reincorporation/ Return

After your solo you will be celebrated and welcomed back to the human world. Our community will come back together and spend time sharing stories. The emphasis of this time is for participants to see, ground and claim what they have received from their solo time.

You will be supported to begin finding ways to take back the gifts and lessons to your daily life. For the benefit of you, your relationships and community.

If you feel ready to explore a process that can reconnect you with your power, purpose, and deepest truths, we invite you to book your Wild Rites Quest wilderness retreat.


Your Commitment

We realise that to partake in a Wild Rites Quest may be a once in a lifetime event. It take courage and commitment to hear and answer the call of your True Self. We want our participants to be comfortable that they have found the right guides for them and their process. This is why we offer a free, no obligation 30 minute call-back service so you can speak to Jon or Alex about the Wild Rites Quest. If you would like to arrange your call-back clik on the button below and complete the form, we will email you in the first instance to arrange your call-back date and time.


2019 Dates

Spring Vision Quest: 16th-26th May, Lake District UK - Now Full.
June Vision Quest: 6th - 16th June, Lake District UK.
Autumn Vision Quest: 12th-22nd September, Lake District UK.

2020 Dates

7th - 17th May, Lake District.
10th-19th September, Lake District.

“Our role with this kind of power is to be an attentive observer noticing how the soul wants to thrust itself into life.”
— Robert Moore