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You are here: Home About Us FAQ's I am worried about the solo fast (for myself or my child). Is this something that anybody can do? Why do you use fasting on your programs?

I am worried about the solo fast (for myself or my child). Is this something that anybody can do? Why do you use fasting on your programs?

There can, of course, be challenges to not eating – many of which are emotional. Eating is a conditioned routine of our day-to-day life; it is a social activity, a stress suppressor, and an answer to pains of hunger. Actual pains of hunger, which are not influenced by situation or routine, are often just fleeting. We have chosen to...

There can, of course, be challenges to not eating – many of which are emotional. Eating is a conditioned routine of our day-to-day life; it is a social activity, a stress suppressor, and an answer to pains of hunger. Actual pains of hunger, which are not influenced by situation or routine, are often just fleeting. 

We have chosen to utilize a fast as a part of our solo as a way to remove participants from their prior bodily and social existence. Without food to create rhythm or motion in our day the hours become timeless and our participants are able to exist free of distractions.

We believe this to be a very important part of our Solo Vigil and observe many safety precautions in order to give our participants needed support before, during and after fasting. All youth participants must receive a doctor’s signature in order to complete this program element. There are a few conditions that may require a participant to eat, or at least have access to food, during their solo vigil.

Most participants find that fasting has little to no negative effects on their experience while completing a wilderness-based solo – and very little danger is associated with this practice when managed safely. Generally there is at least one staff person on every program who has completed at minimum a 72-hour Solo Fast – and they will be happy to encourage and help you, or your child, while stepping into this challenge. 

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