Fast, Medicine Walks
Rites of Passage & Solo Time
listening and feedback through Nature,
Self-Reflection, Quest and Fasting
it be in relationship to ourselves, our interactions with the
world, with another, a group or situation, Council offers not
therapy, (as in councelling) but huge potential for remedy, focus
and empowerment, cross-pollination of ideas, conferring embodied
wisdom and experience.
known by many as the Vision Fast or Quest, the practice of
leaving the known, the safety of the way things are to enter
into the deep search for transition, renewal, acceptance
or vision, putting space into the way for what is and is
coming to be. Most often, it is a testing time to be alone
in the naural world without the distractions of 'normal'
life, or the way we have been accustomed to live, without
the usual comforts of food, conversations and material means.
Such work is undertaken as a serious commitment to a person's deepening evolution
as a human being in the world.
The Wilderness Fast is offered as a 12-day ceremony for group and individual
Preparation, Threshold and Severance, into return and Incorporation. 4 days
thus are spent alone without food with only essentials for survival.
Walks & Solo Time These
prepare the way for the deeper questions we may be asking,
offering a shorter time than the wilderness fast for the
questing of a answer or contempation toward a particular
direction. Medicine walks can be any amount of time, 30 minutes
or a few hours best suited to the task, and are usually marked
by walking with or without a destination on a rescibed theme
or specific question we may be engaged with. The componants
of a walk and solo time are similar to the wilderness fast
in using the basic ingredients of preparation, threshold
severance and incorporation. Fasting is more an option, but
recommended. Solo time is usually held for 12 or 24 hours.
of Passage A Rites
of passage as specific ceremony focuses on the way to mark
a major transition in life such as puberty, teenage to adult,
adult to elder, father or mother for example, and is
based on a version of the wilderness fast. It
is initiatory in some way and both supported and recognised
by the community as such. Rites of passage ceremonies are
held when a number of people are gathered with similar intent,
both supportive and supported by members of their particular
"The way that we preserve our ceremonies,
our culture, is by sharing the knowledge with those who would take
the time to listen."
- Grandmother Mona