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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 18 - 80 Adult Wilderness Quest

Adult Wilderness Quest

When Aug 19, 2019 08:00 AM to
Aug 29, 2019 06:00 PM
Where Cascade Mountains; Program starts and ends in Bothell, WA
Cost: $1525; $400 deposit. Financial aid may be available.
Ages: 18+
Taught by: Andrew Middlebrooks, Sheryl Kent
Contact Name Chris Laliberte
Contact Email
Contact Phone (425) 485.7396
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What calls to you, from the deep heart and wild frontiers of your life? 

 

  ~ 2019 Guides: Drew Middlebrooks & Sheryl Kent ~

Why Quest?

The world is courting each of us into our place of ultimate belonging, in the context of the times in which we are living. The challenge is to listen, understand its nuanced language, and then act on what is revealed. The practice of wilderness fasting is an ancient and cross-cultural way of clearing oneself out to listen to and converse with the voices of our bodies, psyches and the more-than-human world. It is a way to re-member who we are, and reclaim what we may have lost as individuals and as part of a collective.

People answer the call to such an experience for many reasons. You may be in or approaching a major life transition, such as a change in career, the birth of a child, or the loss of something or someone important. Are you...

  • longing for a life of greater meaning, or experiencing the grief of a life not fully lived? Sitting with the feeling of being stuck—of inhabiting a story too small?

  • feeling the tug of a shapeshifting longing, or feeling that something is stalking you from the shadows?

  • seeking initiation into your mythic place and role — an antidote for stifling job descriptions and limiting ways of expression?


Given our changing times, much is being asked of us. It is possible that the need has never been greater to cultivate resilience in the face of profound challenges and discomfort.


What happens?

Each adult chooses to quest for deeply personal reasons. Yet, together, the group of up to nine wanderers, two guides and their apprentices will form an intimate and supportive community. This fasting experience involves five days of preparation, your own 72-hour fasting ceremony, and then four days focused on integration and embodying who you’ve discovered on your time on the land. While this trip has been designed to meet the needs of people of most physical abilities, it is physically and psycho-spiritually challenging. Rather than climbing Mt Everest, we are diving into the demanding depths of the underworld.

During our time together, you can expect to meet profound beauty on the land, in each other and yourself. You will also encounter what you have been avoiding for too long, and perhaps find shifts that are long overdue. You will experience frustration and discomfort, but not without fun, humor and surprise. We use the art of council, somatic and depth processes, writing, sensory expansion, the art of being in place, the art of curiosity, cultural detox, artistic expression, rhythm, transcultural cosmologies and multivalent ceremonial processes.

In addition to your facilitated Vision Fast, your guides will offer personal mentoring leading up to the program to ensure that you take the deepest dive possible, and that you are well supported to do so.


Who are your guides?

Sheryl and Drew bring decades of training, guiding and plumbing the depths of their own psyches and the hinterlands of the collective. They are lineage holders from many schools of guiding and wisdom traditions, and have found their unique way of embodying the wisdom and exceptional skills they have been gifted. Their work is deeply trauma-informed, and they firmly believe in the need to hold trauma as sacred and an integral part of the soul’s journey. Quoting the late and great Leonard Cohen; “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Sheryl and Drew keep you emotionally and physically safe while you’re out in the wilderness, and provide the tools you need to do your work and follow your path well beyond the end of the program.


This program requires an application to ensure good participant fit, and that together we will form a strong group ready to dig into the thorny and enlivening questions of soul. Please find the application here. You can submit it, as well as any questions about either the program or application, to Chris Laliberte, Program Director, at info@riteofpassagejourneys.org.

2019 Quest Dates

Quest: August 19 - 29

Post-Quest meetup: TBD

Listen: do you hear a call? Are you being courted by a wilder, fuller life? The door is here…

 


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 Financial aid may be available. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.

 

2019 Guides

 
        Andrew Middlebrooks bio pic                             sheryl kent         

        Andrew Middlebrooks   

                       Sheryl Kent

A native of the pacific northwest, Andrew Middlebrooks has been shaped by the rivers, mountains, islands, the Salish sea, and the many wild beings that slink in the shadows.   His great passions are archery, blacksmithing, primitive skills, making things of beauty with his hands, and stalking soul wherever it may be found.  He first encountered Journeys in 2006 on the coast of Washington, and guided youth for Journeys for many summers.  Mystery called and he apprenticed with Bill Plotkin and Animas Valley Institute for five years, all the while traveling the deserts of the United States and Peru.  He is a student of of Daoism, transcultural cosmology, indigenous states of awareness, and the secrets of what it means to be human through the lens of language etymology.

Sheryl Kent is a local psychotherapist, ritualist and soul guide for over 20 years.  She has worked as a guide with Outward Bound, was the Program Director for Passages Northwest, a local rite of passage program for women and girls, and as a lead educator for Shackleton School, an expedition-based high school that allowed her to work with the same group of 15 students for 3 years on a school bus traveling around North America and learning from the people and the land. Heeding a call to bring her gifts to her local community, Sheryl became a licensed psychotherapist and launched a very successful clinic serving some of our most high-risk community members.  Sheryl is definitely not at all work, however, as she loves to play and explore by bike, foot, kayak, sailboat or any other means of locomotion.  Huge belly laughs, soulful conversation and her family are her biggest joys in life.   

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