When the summer gets later, we invite you to dive into the infinite time,
into the prosperity of being alone, into a Visions Quest.
In this tradition, you will be by yourself and fast, four days and four nights in nature. The gate to the solo time into the forest and back is the shamanic sweat lodge. The Vision Quest ritual will serve you to find your own truth and to learn from the future as it emerges.
In the months and weeks before the Quest, you will prepare yourself, become conscious of what you want to leave behind, clarify your intention. We will provide you with tasks that will help you to understand your personal intention and question better, the essence of what you want to leave behind and what you want to welcome in this new phase of life.
Klein Hundorf, Mecklenburg
Guided by Manuela Bosch
Hosted by Marie Espe and Friends
10th till 19th of August, 2022
(registration until 18th of December 2021)
The technology of the Vision Quest, in Europe also known as Forest Time, is many thousands years old and was and still is practiced all over the world. Our work is based on the essence of it: fasting food, media, social contacts and being with pure nature. The implementation of the ritual is based on what has developed in Klein Hundorf during the last years, on this piece of earth, out of this circle and out of the life of us as guides.
It's about a time to stop 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 Mother Earth, to understand something deep, to understand that she loves you and the love you share for her. It's about curiosity. It's about silence, the silence in yourself, that allows you to hear your own voice.
What exactly is your Quest? Only you know this.
You are going for a certain question, or thing, 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. In nature and inside you all the answers and wisdom are contained. You give space for 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 Vision Quest in solitude.
While you are in your place, people from the Betula & Mamabuche circle will be there for you, guarding the fire for you, praying and dancing – all the hours of your solo time until you return. Then you are welcomed and received back into the mother camp.
There will be a sweat lodge at the start and end of your solo-time.
Our sweat lodge is a cleansing and initiation ceremony, inspired both by northamerican taditions and our European ancestors. 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 this what we call „the womb of the mother earth“. This direct contact with the elements fire, water, earth and air supports a deeper connection with our body, feelings and our spirit. The first lodge serves as a gateway into our four days and nights solo-time. There will be a second sweat lodge, when we return. This one will support the re-connection with the "outside" world and will help us land in the new phase of our life.