|The Awareness and Power programs of Windwalker, also known as Natural Shamanism, are based on the understanding that realization of our potential in body and spirit can be attained through a personal and individual connection with the natural world. These programs teach and practice integrated philosophy and techniques for learning, exploring, and working in the realm beyond the physical. They are grounded in the spirituality of native peoples of North America. In particular, we acknowledge and honour the lineage of Tom Brown Jr. and Stalking Wolf.|
Our story is always unfolding. From the beginning to the present, growth and change have been our allies and our challenge. Truth can always be found by those who are willing to face challenges and enter passages to heightened awareness of our relationship and power with all creation.
Historically, nature has been the primary place for human initiation. The Vision Quest is one of the ancient Rites of Passage of initiation into adulthood. In earlier times the Vision Quest was a normal part of the journey to adulthood, a natural step that was usually undertaken in the late teens. At any age from 17 years up to late adulthood, this is still a powerful passage.
Modern adults, many of whom have not been guided, recognized, and welcomed on their journey into manhood or womanhood, can find that a healthy initiation enables them to become complete men and women. The power of the Vision Quest is such that it can help bring us back to a good path even when we have not experienced Rites of Passage in our earlier years.
If you feel that you are at a crossroads in your life or if you have questions about the intent and purpose for your life, consider the Vision Quest.
The Vision Quest is a time of solitude in nature in which you seek inner revelation – vision – that will enhance the meaning and direction of your life. Under the guidance of a qualified Elder, supported throughout by experienced protectors, you go into nature to fast and pray. You give up physical comforts and the company of other two-leggeds while you pursue the discovery of intent and purpose.
Those who seek deeply will find ancient mysteries of self-transformation – mysteries of clarity, of self-reliance and faith, of dying and return, even amid times of chaos and devastation.
There is an element of perceived risk. Four days and nights alone in a natural place (solitude) and fasting (emptiness) and exposure to the elements (vulnerability), and self-reliance (self-trust), are essential elements of these ancient ways of learning. You will devote a good deal of time to watching yourself and your relationship to the earth and the rest of humanity. You will prepare your own circle, take responsibility for your own well-being, and experience a multitude of emotions and feelings as personal borders are stretched.
You will be invited to participate in a sweatlodge ceremony as an essential step in separation and return.
Wes Gietz - Windwalker
Corinna Stevenson - Dragonfly
Minimum age: 19 years
Maximum number of participants: 8
Exchange: $950.00 +HST
There is no charge for ceremony. The monetary exchange is for instruction, teachings, and guidance before and after your time of solitude. It also covers the expenses of running this program such as food, land rental, supplies, and travel expenses. It is what enables us to continue to offer this program to those who are called to it.
We recognize that there may be people who are strongly guided to do the Vision Quest and are unable to meet the full amount of the monetary exchange. We invite you to contact us. We hold at least one space in each of these programs for individuals in this circumstance.
A note on gifting for ceremony: it is customary to offer a gift, above and beyond the monetary exchange for the program, that expresses your respect and gratitude for ceremony and guides.
If you are drawn to do a Vision Quest, please contact us well before the dates of the program you would like to attend. The preparatory work normally requires about two months, and it is often appropriate to begin preparing a year ahead of the separation.
1. SPIRITUAL AWARENESS AND POWER PROGRAMS ARE SCHEDULED ACCORDING TO NEED. We will come to wherever there are enough people ready for these teachings. Generally, a person who wishes to participate will organize these workshops and may also be the contact for registration.
2. The programs described below are two days, normally on a weekend. These programs are also offered in longer formats, up to ten days, according to the availability of participants.
3. Participants supply their own food unless otherwise indicated. We usually prepare the food and eat together; most of the time we share or trade as well, maybe cookies for carrots.
Expand your physical awareness, and use this expanded awareness to explore the transition from physical to spiritual awareness. Learn how modern science rediscovered what the ancients knew about brain waves and states of awareness. Learn the overview map of the spirit realm. Discover the richness of the spirit realm and create your own "good medicine place" there. Move into and communicate safely in the world of spirit. Learn the Shamanic Law of native healers.
Minimum age 19 years except by permission. Some are ready at a younger age.
Using the energy of the realm beyond the physical for healing is a powerful way to share or give back of the gifts we receive.
Extend the detailed map of the spirit realm. Build landmarks in the nonphysical realm for healing, strength, traveling in spirit, and communicating with physical and nonphysical beings. Learn directly from the plant people. Practice these skills. Learn about types of energy and use energy for healing.
Maximum 25 participants. Prerequisite: Awareness 1.
Complete the map of the spirit realm. Continue to explore this realm; practice and improve inner vision; learn more ceremonies and tools for maintaining balance and bringing people together.
Maximum 25 participants. Prerequisite: Awareness 2.
There are currently fourteen weekend workshops in the Awareness and Power series. All Awareness workshops are
Are you ready for your journey to authentic adulthood?
Are you looking for who you are? — But not feeling drawn to the full Vision Quest?
Are you looking for a way to acknowledge and celebrate your own adulthood? Many adults who have not been appropriately guided and recognized on their own journey need a watershed experience in order to become complete men and women.
You will learn how strong you really are, in the context of the natural world. You will deal with the physical and emotional challenges of 24 hours of solitude and fasting in the company of nature, while exploring who you are. This period of solitude will be a rite of passage toward authentic adulthood, where you seek to remember your essential nature.
You will be supported throughout by elders and guides, who will keep a vigil at a ceremonial fire during your entire period of solitude.
Preparation for your solo begins the moment you make the decision. Pay attention to things that seem to be getting in the way, especially all the reasonable reasons for not going.