When summer is rising, we invite you to dive into the infinite time,
into your unique solo time in the forest, into your vision quest.
You will be by yourself and fasting, four days and four nights in nature. A nordic sweat lodge serves as preparation for your solo time in the forest. The vision rite will serve you to find your own truth and to receive insights on what is essential for you in the time to come.
In the months before the quest, you will prepare yourself, become conscious of what you want to leave behind, clarify your intention. We will provide you with simple rituals that will help you understand your personal intention better, paving the way for fulfillment.
Klein Hundorf, Mecklenburg, Northern Germany
Guided by Manuela Bosch
The practice of going into nature, fasting and in solitude to find a deeper truth, is many thousands years old. Traces of these practices can be found in the big world-religions, as well as in European pagan traditions. Indigenous people of North-America however, especially the Lakota, are known for the four days and four night fast as a rite for initiation. The term Vision Quest has been given by anthropolgists in the 19th century to describe rites of the Indigenous Americans.
These old traditions have inspired modern lineages, like the "School of Lost Borders". Since the seventies, they developed the work further to be more accessible to people in modern civilisation. We feel they have done that with best possible respect towards the native traditions. It is also very close to our heart to respect and honor all indigenous lineages, as well as modern traditions, in particular the quest work of the Lotusheart, as well as those that were before us.
The Betula & Mamabuche rite is based on the essence of the old traditions: Fasting, being in solitude in nature and watching, being with intention. It also builds on the modern schools. These have inspired us to offer a guided preparation time in the months before, as well as a time for preparation and integration on site.
Our work today has developed during the last seven years, out of our circle and the lives, knowledge and practices of our guides and helpers. Even deeper though the Betula & Mamabuche path is informed by this piece of earth, all its inhabitants, especially Mamabuche, Klein Hundorfs' red-beech tree, well over 200 years of age, the custodian of this place.
"I want to thank Manuela and her team for providing an experience that already has great impact on my life. I appreciate the way she was holding space for individual experiences and transformations and guided everyone in a way that felt safe and very profound!" – Ela Kagel
"My vision quest with Manu was truly transformative. It's a unique opportunity to come home to yourself and find stillness in nature (and the best things come out of stillness). Manu supported my individual process and guided our group in a way that was informed by tradition yet also deeply her own. Amongst the many 'transformative experiences' out there, a vision quest stands out, and Manu is a great person to do it with." – Ocean Martin Ebeling
"The vision quest with Manuela was an incredibly deep and transformative experience. As I approached my 30th birthday, I was looking for a way to mark the transition into adulthood and this was the perfect container for that. The facilitators were fantastic and the community of people I met was amazing. Also the sweat-lodges were a particularly special part of the experience. Overall, I highly recommend this vision quest to anyone looking to deepen their spiritual practice and gain a greater understanding of themselves and their place in the world." – Robin Hotz
"It was one of those things where I could experience a shift from my past body to my future body. It was the push I needed to get my wheels going from locking myself up in the mental to embodiment and engaging with life. The vision quest was, and still, is a profound experience for me and Manu held it in such a beautiful way." – Seif Sallam
It's about stopping the doing, that can be the hardest thing we can do. It’s about being alone in knowing you are deeply connected. It's about being with nature, with our ancient parents, the Earth and the Sky. To understand something deep, to understand that Earth loves you and that you love this Earth. It's about curiosity. It's about silence. To be silent within, so you can hear your inner voice.
What exactly is your quest? Only you know this.
You are going for a certain question, or wish, a love, a calling, your health, or simply the peculiar feeling that you want to do this. That it is time to take the next step. That you want to open yourself to the unknown, to what you can not see and touch, yet essentially matters. In nature and inside you all the answers and wisdom are contained. You give space to experience that.
The vision quest is a conscious rite of passage, in which an old life is left behind and a new life is initiated.
Your threshold into your new life phase is your four days and four nights solo ritual. There is a place in nature just for you. There you will be held. During the whole time you will be at your chosen place. The last night is the so-called "night of destiny" in which you will stay awake to complete your rite of passage. To make this big step, you prepare with care. In the months before we will provide you with rituals and practical information, so you'll be able to make a step as big as your heart's longing.
While you are in your place, people from the Betula & Mamabuche circle will be there for you.
We are guarding the light for you, waking and praying in all the hours of your solo time until you return. Then you are welcomed and received back in the mother camp. You will be acknowledged for the step you did.
In this article you can read more about the practice of the Vision Quest.
There will be a sweat lodge to prepare your solo-time.
Our sweat lodge is a cleansing ceremony and prayer space, inspired at its core by an old Icelandic tradition that is kept and taught in Klein Hundorf by Dana Richter. She is also informed by indigenous American and modern European traditions.
In a dark prayer room made of branches and blankets, sitting on the earth, heated by glowing stones, we sweat in the steam. We pray inside what we call „the womb of the earth“. This direct contact with the elements fire, water, earth and air supports a deeper connection with our body, feelings and our spirit. The lodge serves for purification and strengthening of your intention and will be held in the days before the solo-time.