ADULT Mountain QUEST
Ages 18 + | NEW! Coming Summer of 2020 | Return to Adult Programs
Find and hold a strong sense of self, and a sense of meaningfully contributing to your community, in these times of change, strife and opportunity...
Claim Your Power in Changing Times
As our world grows more complex, confusing and divided, more and more of us find our lives feelingly similarly disjointed. How do we find or hold a strong sense of self, and a sense of meaningfully contributing to our community, in these times of change, strife and opportunity? For generations, around the world, the quest to answer these questions has looked to nature as a source of clarity and inspiration. The mirror of nature holds up for us a powerful, clear reflection about who we are and what we can offer the world. It is a doorway into a more fulfilling, more meaningful path through life.
Quests like these are always both deeply personal and at the same time collective. As humans, we require both inner clarity and also external acknowledgment from others whom we trust and respect. The magic of Adult Mountain Quest is that the mirror of Nature is coupled with the powerful mirroring you will share and receive from the other questers, and the guides, as you journey together into the mountains.
You will backpack two days into the high valleys of the Cascades, and climb to the summit of your vision Peak, in preparation for your 48-hour Solo Fast experience. After your Solo, you will rejoin your group and spend a day of reflection and recuperation at your high basecamp. Two more days on the trail back down the mountain will provide you with many opportunities to understand and integrate what you received on your vision fast. A final welcome back ceremony from the Journeys community of fellow seekers will send you forward into your life with a firm anchor point, and skills and tools to carry what you have learned and become into the journey of the rest of your life.
Setting out to find a clearer reflection of yourself in Nature, and in the eyes of other longing souls, is exhilarating. But it is rarely an easy journey. Prepare to be tested and challenged! As you explore your story of who you are, who you are becoming, and who you want to be, the mirrors will constantly ask: “Are you sure? Who are you really?” Often, it is in the places where we are most assured about ourselves and our identities, that we find the greatest growth and transformation. Often, where we are looking is not the place we truly need to explore. A Quest is an adventure and an ordeal. The reward is measured mostly by the effort, and the willingness to accept the unexpected. Your journey will be ecstatic, frustrating and humbling.
Your Guides are an essential part of your Quest experience. They are deeply versed in the language of Nature, and will help you to expand your perceptions to be able to more easily see and hear (and smell, and touch) the ways in which Nature is speaking to you. Similarly, they are very familiar with the terrain of your inner journey, and can help you come to know yourself better — both in how they invite your authentic self, and by helping you to identify the habitual defensive patterns we all carry that resist your desire for fuller self-knowledge and expression. Perhaps most importantly, they understand how to facilitate a collective process of revelation and mirroring for a group of seekers — a process that requires people to feel safe enough to take the risk of being more than you have yet allowed or believed yourself to be.
Ages 18 +
Summer of 2020
(Program starts/ends in Bothell, WA)
$1675.00; Deposit $400.00
Financial Aid may be Available
How is Adult Mountain Quest Different Than Adult Wilderness Quest?
There are two ways in which our adult quests are different by design:
Adult Mountain Quest (AMQ) is a backpacking trip, and participants will carry everything they need for the 11-day quest on their backs up into the mountains. Adult Wilderness Quest (AWQ) will be centered at a basecamp in the forest that is accessed by vehicle — car camping, basically. The main distinction here is that AWQ is designed to be less physically challenging, and AMQ explicitly incorporates the potential difficulty of the trail as a part of the “trials” of the quest.
Internal Orientation and External Orientation
Both of our adult quests are designed with the understanding that humans, in our quest to become more fully themselves, require opportunities that are both internally and externally oriented. Internally oriented experiences are those that allow us to reflect on the stories and narratives that define us by creating opportunities to invite that story to speak itself — through quiet meditation, sharing circles and council, and writing practices. Externally oriented experiences are those that put us in direct contact with powerful, authentic forces such that our deeper self is called forth. By design, Adult Wilderness Quest emphasizes internally oriented experiences and the “crucible of council,” and incorporates more facilitated group and individual activities that invite participants into the terrain of their transformation imaginally. Adult Mountain Quest emphasizes the “crucible of the trail” — both the trials of the terrain, and also the trials of working together and relying on each other in the expedition setting. Both trips attend to both of these orientations, finding opportunity wherever it arises. And, the design of the trips are different on purpose. Some questers will thrive in a setting of sharing in council, and others will find enlivenment by dancing with the landscape on the trail.
Adult Mountain Quest is not a Wilderness Therapy program, and is not intended to provide therapeutic support or counseling for those in need of psychological help. Our guides are deeply skilled in the process of soul exploration. Even those who may have formal training as therapists or mental health providers are not hired to engage in that practice out on the trail. Individuals struggling with emotional or psychological dynamics may find that a trip like this stimulates their underlying issues beyond the ability to manage them, and the trip and the guides are not trained to provide support in such situations. If you have concerns about this, especially if you are working with a therapist or counselor, we highly recommend you discuss your situation with us before registering for Adult Mountain Quest. We want to make sure that this trip is a good match for your current situation and capability.
TBA early 2020