Wilderness Quest for vision and self-healing in Slovenia

 

Sept 19th- 28st , 2016

 South Slovenia

with Jeremy Thres

 at the invitation of and with the support of Marjeta Novak

 

To fast alone yet supported in the Wilds is a time honoured way to seek both vision and inspiration, and also to mark changes.

LandTime is a modern version of an ancient practice, an opportunity for deep reflection living close to the Land with the support of experienced others. We are fed from the rich wells of mythology, indigenous wisdom, questwork and rites of passage, time-honoured guides to support us in our lives and unfolding journey.

Mythically a quest is a journey undertaken into the wilds, often in response to a blockage or a transition made or being made, to seek healing elixir, vision and or inspiration for Life.

The Quest takes place over a ten day period:

  • two to three days preparation (with group support),
  • three or four days alone in the wilds,
  • followed by a couple of days to support you in your integration and reincorporation of your experience.

Many years of experience have shown that this form, with appropriate preparation, has both the ingredients and is a strong enough experience to be worked with as a rite of passage - an opportunity to engage with and potentially mark significant life changes, dying to the old, opening to the new, and opening to nature’s inspiration in relation to them. For example to more consciously mark one’s adulthood, entering parenthood, the beginning (or end) of a marriage, change of circumstance, personal crisis or career

To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” ...T.S.Eliot

One doesn’t have to have something to specifically mark for this form to be of value; the focus can also be more primarily, as the name implies, to seek Vision & self-healing, Vision being deep inspiration for Life.

Would a Landtime Quest suit you?
The practice itself is held within a beautiful balance of community and attentively prepared for alone time. It follows a basic pattern - preparation and severance, threshold  - the “liminal” passageway (during which the wheat is threshed from the chaff) and thirdly, return, which is found underpinning such journeys and the story and mythology relating to them around the world (as identified by Joseph Campbell, Van Gennep and others). Such quests are deeply embedded in mythological consciousness – the fasting prophets of Judeo-Christianity, the Grail quests, the wander year, the walkabout, and countless others.

The LandTime Quest does not adhere to any particular denomination, race or creed. It is an empty form with ancient and pancultural roots to which you bring your own values, beliefs, and faiths.

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and storms their energy, while cares drop off like autumn leaves”…John Muir

….indeed they may, but the Quest is also an extremely physical experience. Being without food for a few days is voluntary and generally less difficult than people expect, but personal limits may well be challenged. Participants should therefore be in good physical and mental condition. Preparation often entails committing to this work several months in advance.

We will work in a small group (4 – 8 participants) in order to have enough time for depth of preparation, stories and integration.

In preparation for the fast exercises will be offered to help you prepare for the experience and clarify your intention. The handbook (highlighted below) has a list of essential equipment, but we will also correspond closer to the time if not talk directly on the phone in relation to this.

If you are interested in questing we recommend reading the Sacred Mountain, a handbook for this work (available from Marjeta or myself for £5/E7 or free as part of your deposit) which is essential reading for anyone wishing to participate.

Fee. There is no absolute set fee; we propose an exchange guide: EUR 500 - EUR 1000, and a deposit asked for (EUR 100). This fee covers Quest guidance;  basic accommodation before and after the solo fast;  Jeremy’s travel costs from and to England. Food is extra (not included in the fee except for the first meal together and the breakfast after the solo time); each participants brings their own food; meals can then be created individually or collectively if the group so wishes.

Only your honest generosity in return for the time given will support us to live and enable this to continue.

Location and time. The Quest will be hosted in south Slovenia. Support will be offered to self-organise car-sharing from Ljubljana (Slovenia’s centrally-located capital) to the location (90 min car ride). The group will convene on Tuesday, 19 September, at 12:00 hrs; and complete the Quest on Thursday, 28 September, at lunch time.

Ethics. We hold the earth to be sacred. We respect, protect, and conserve her, leaving as little trace as possible of our sojourn, or passage through the wilderness. We teach others to do the same.

We are well-trained and experienced in the various aspects of our profession, seeking always the safety and well-being of those we serve.

Wilderness safety procedures are taught to all participants. We construct and maintain safe frameworks within which individuals may mark the end of life transitions or personal crises, providing a beneficial means by which they may incorporate their wilderness passage into a new life purpose or station.

These ethics were inspired by a set originally distilled by Steven Foster and Meredith Little, founders of the School of Lost Borders and who together from their care for the children and love of the Earth have played such a key part in the emergence of contemporary wilderness oriented rites of passage worldwide.   

To book or for further information contact: in Slovenia, Marjeta Novak gsm + 386 (0) 40 620 427 marjeta.novak@humus.si, & in UK: Jeremy Thres +44 (0)1647 221444 Landtime1@gmail.com

Jeremy Thres (Smoke). When he first heard the term Visionquest, he knew he had to follow it, undertaking his first fast in Russia before going on to more formally train over several years with Steven Foster and Meredith Little, founders of the School of Lost Borders and authors of the Roaring of the Sacred River. With their encouragement and blessing he began offering this work and also now for many years has offered training and apprenticeships, drawing both on what they share and his own now twenty years experience both of the quest and fresh forms such as LandTime that he has himself been developing. His work has been enriched by connection with a number of different elders, Jungian, Indigenous, Buddhist, both of this Land and beyond; Martin Prechtel and Thich Naht Hahn important among them. He has a great love of myth and story and how they also can support us at this time, training in mountain and moorland leadership, psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute, family constellation work, and wilderness first aid.

Marjeta Novak  has been trained as a wilderness rites of passage guide with the School of Lost Borders. She is also a group process facilitator,  Circle/Council host; and certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication with CNVC. She loves the land she has been honoured to live on (sLOVEnia), and looks forward to supporting this Quest as its ‘indigenous link’.

 

Feedback from Wilderness Quest & LandTime work:

"Thank you once more. It has been a truly empowering year and I am now filled with the courage to stand on my own two feet."  Student

"Thank you for guiding me with such care, enthusiasm and insightfulness. I feel as if my reach has been extended, that I see further - or in a wider arc of vision." Retired Child Psychologist

“Returning to work I find I have gained a great deal from the quest. I felt very safe in your hands.” Businessman

 “Thank you beyond words for guiding me through my quest…it has, and continues to deeply affect me in a profound and beautiful way. I have great respect for you and your dedication to this Great Work.”  Wilderness Trek Guide

“Incredible, there really is nothing like a quest!” therapist and men’s worker returning for a second quest ten years on.

"It was wonderful. It enabled me to put behind me and move on from a whole stage of my life."    Professional Musician.

“My son had a  wonderful experience with you on Dartmoor, truly visionary, and I am immensely grateful to you for helping it happen, and ensuring it was safe” and, “You feel like a member of the family after your inspirational work with my sons, so important. I'm so happy they did this and that you were there to guide them.”  biologist father of two boys who on graduation independently quested with us

“I cannot thank you enough. I feel truly humbled & privileged both for a wonderful experience & just to be alive on this earth.” Care worker

“After 37 years I am no longer afraid of the dark!" Gardener

“At the time I didn’t realise the depth of what I was doing on the Vision Quest and what it meant for my own healing.” Therapist

"I feel greatly nourished by the experience and would recommend you and the quest to anyone." Craftsman