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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: $1675; $400 deposit. Financial aid may be available.
Ages: 18+
Taught by: Andrew Middlebrooks, Sheryl Kent
Contact Name Cameron Withey
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? 

What will guide you as you learn to embody your fully human way of being on this earth — in conversation with your people, your place, and the mysteries? 

We invite you to cross the threshold, if you dare...


 ~ 2019 Guides: Andrew Middlebrooks & Sheryl Kent ~

The practice of wilderness questing is an ancient and cross-cultural way of clearing oneself out to listen and converse with the voices of our bodies, psyches, and the more-than-human world. People chose to undertake a quest for many reasons. You may be in or approaching a major life transition, such as a change in career, or the birth of a child. You may be feeling the calling of a longing whose shape you can’t yet see. Or you may be seeking initiation into your mythic place and role in the many shifts occurring in our world.

Each adult chooses to quest for deeply personal reasons. Yet, together, the group of nine questers and three guides will form an intimate and supportive community. This quest involves four days of preparation, your own 72-hour fasting ceremony, and then four days focused on integration work, in which you will begin the process of learning to embody what you’ve discovered on your quest. During our time together, you can expect to participate in group talking circles, one-on-one conversations with guides, solo walks on the land, expressive arts activities, ceremony, and more.

We will eat, laugh, and enjoy the wilderness together. But soul work can be hard, as is its nature. This won’t feel like a vacation. You’ll experience discomfort and frustration, and you’ll get to experience the edges of your personal discipline. However, your reward will match your commitment. You’ll find yourself surprised, enlightened, humored and motivated.

The guides at Journeys bring many years of experience as soul-centric mentors and offer exceptional skills and wisdom to support you with a balance of head and heart. They 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.

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 Cameron Withey, Program Director, at

2019 Quest Dates

Pre-meet:  August 19, morning to mid-afternoon (times TBA)

Quest: August 20 - 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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