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Vision Fast in Crete "The Great Gift"
May 9th - May 20th, 2020
October 6th - October 17th, 2020
Asterousias Mountains, Crete
‘Vision Quests’ or ‘Vision Fasts’ have been practiced by many indigenous people and cultures across time. We are living in the midst of change and uncertainty. Modern life can be overwhelming with its constant demand to do and have more, while the world around us starts to collapse under the strain. Many people are searching for a deeper sense of belonging, to re-connect with nature and community. The Vision Quest, in it’s modern form, offers an opportunity to remember our ancestral roots and our relationship with the land. At the heart of our time together lies a four day solitary immersion into nature to seek guidance. This is a unique way of opening up to a bigger perspective and reconnecting with what matters most.
“ The vision quest is nothing but a circle drawn in the dust, an empty form filled by the perceptions and values of the candidate. It is a mirror in which one sees oneself reflected ”— Steven Foster
Whilst the ‘Solo Fast’ itself will involve setting off alone on a stunning plateau above the Lybian Sea, covered with old, beautiful pine trees, our base camp accommodation during the preparation and integration phases will be in simple basic rooms in a very small nearby village. There are cooking facilities with everything you may need for your stay, and the village itself is characterised by the warm hospitality of a few locals who live there during these quiet times of the year.
Natasha Lythgoe (wilderness guide, buddhist nun)
and Werner Pilz (vision fast guide, council facilitator)
May 9th - May 20th 2020
October 6th - October 17th, 2020
Location and Travel:
This programme takes place in the remote Asterousias region of Crete. You will need to arrange travel to be in Mires in Crete, by 3pm on the 9th May where we will pick you up and drive to our location. There are regular buses to Mires from Heraklion. The Quest ends on the evening of 19th May so all return travel arrangements need to be made for 20th May. In October the ritual ends on the 16th, the saturday is already travelling day.
£750 including all guiding and local transfers from and to Mires. An Early Bird price of £675 is available for bookings before 31st December 2019 (31st of July for the autumn Quest). One bursary spot is available for each Quest at £500. To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey. For Locals (living in Greece) the cost is Euros 650.
Accommodation: Shared Double Rooms costs on average 180 euros for the whole period (15 Euros per night). Single Rooms cost on average 360 euros for the whole period (max 30 Euros per night).
Our accommodation during the preparation and integration phases will be in simple basic rooms in a small nearby village, which is characterised by the warm hospitality of a few locals who live there during these quiet times of the year. There will be ample time to buy supplies in Mires before heading to our base and there is a very basic shop locally should you need to stock up on simple foods.
If you'd like to know more do feel free to get in touch. We're both happy to have a conversation about the details of this programme and our approach. To book or to make an enquiry please email