Gathering for a Quest
Teachings With Annie Spencer and Christiana Aro-Harle
Vision Quest is a powerful ceremony where you offer up four days and nights of your life in return for inspiration for the next part of your life’s journey. Traditionally you would have been prepared for it by the life that you led and the customs of your community. Much of this is now missing and yet many people still feel the need to quest, to go out onto the land and ask for guidance.
Having held quests for many years now, Annie has noticed that for some the quests are powerful but for others they are less so. Some people find it hard to deepen; some find it hard to pray; some struggle to understand the messages that come from the natural world.
Christiana finds that folk relating to the land and Spirit are too quick to get into their heads thus missing the multi-faceted connections between each being. Others are wide open to Spirit yet find it hard to express their experiences or to manifest their vision.
We believe the following offerings would help anybody wanting to embark on a vision quest and thus we might form a rich container for our experiences when we finally quest.
- Learning to work within an oral tradition.
- Polishing our intention.
- Learning to read the signs that nature sends us.
- Deepening our connection with the natural world.
- Learning basic Native American Medicine Wheel teachings.
- Learning to make prayer ties.
- Tuvan and Finnish practices for daily interaction with the Land and Spirit.
- Tuvan and Finnish stories about living in right relationship with Land and community.
- Exploring the ancient stories and customs of our own lands.
- Finding our voice. How can we raise our voice in song to the Spirits, to the land and to the wind?
- Learning the language of prayer and gratitude so that we might have words fit for the sacred.
- Making a day walk and later a night walk and telling our story in preparation for the quest.
The red thread running through all these teachings will be our final goal: next summer’s vision quest. We hope that by the time you go out to quest you will have developed a range of skills and increased your sensitivity to the natural world so that you may have a deeper quest. These practices of course will enrich your life in general.
There will be a short list of recommended books for those who might like to read around the subject.
We would expect you to tell us about your journey each month – maybe through writing, a drawing, photos, whatever suits you best.
For the teaching we are asking for €85/£75 (exchange rate based) each day. The price includes teachings from each of us with both being present during all meetings; comments and feedback on your monthly tellings; possible work in small groups (break-out rooms) as needed.
To fit both Finnish and British time zones, we imagine a day running from 11.30 am – 5.30 pm in Finland and 9.30 am – 3.30 pm in Britain. Included is a 45 min break 14:00 Finland/12 noon UK. We will not be recording these teaching days.
Dates for the teachings: 8 November, 9 December, 16 January, 24 February, 11 April, and 11 May. We have attempted to be flexible with the dates, so some fall on weekdays and some on weekends. If weekdays are impossible for you, but you would like to attend, please let us know.
We are planning to run two Vision Quests, one in England at the end of May and the other in Finland at the end of July. All our vision quests are nine day events which include four days solo on the land.
To book and for further information, contact:
Download: Gathering for a Quest (PDF)
ANNIE SPENCER, a ceremonialist and workshop leader with an Oxford MA and a diploma in Humanistic Psychology, has been running groups and trainings for nearly forty years. Having been apprenticed in a Native American tradition and studied Guatemalan Mayan teachings, Annie weaves these with the traditions of her land. As a teacher, Annie opens pathways for others – illuminating their life’s journeys. Her primary interest is the renewal of ancient ceremonial forms for creating a path of beauty upon Grandmother Earth.
CHRISTIANA ARO-HARLE, a shamanic healer, holds degrees as a Music Therapist, Breathwork Therapist, Beekeeper with a diploma in Women’s Consciousness, as well as a shamanic drum-birther in Finland. She has been working in the field of shamanic healing for over thirty years. Her path is woven with Land and Song, through Tuvan shamanic initiation with deepening paths into the Spirit of Song. Christiana is passionate about supporting and guiding people to find their path, heal, remember and reconnect with Mother Earth and all Beings.
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