Women's Vision Fast | eastern or: MAY 8 - 16, 2020

Mixed Gender Vision Fast | eastern or: Sept. 18 - 26, 2020

Men’s vision fast | death valley, CA: Oct. 28 - Nov. 7, 2020

Mixed Gender Vision Fast | death valley, CA: FEB. 24 - March 6, 2021

The Vision Fast is a modern day wilderness rite of passage. It engages one's entire being, requiring each participant to strongly claim their whole self. It is a nine day journey of Nature, Spirit and Community including three days and nights of fasting and solitude in wild nature plus follow-up support.


  • Those who hear a call.

  • Those who are ready to claim their birthright of initiation into adulthood, or elder hood.

  • Those who are ready to mark a major life transition such as marriage, divorce, entering parenthood, change of job, loss of a loved one, health crises, etc. 

  • People like you and me.

About Cascadia Quest Vision Fasts

Cascadia Quest vision fasts are usually nine days long and follow an ancient and well tested pattern. The three phases are:

Severance- Leaving behind or severing from what or who one was. The seminal work of this phase is to clarify and claim who one is NOW, in this time and place.

Threshold- The "in-between time". The challenge or trial. A two (youth) or three (adult) day solo fast. Three restrictions: no food (water only), no indoor shelter i.e. tent (fully available to wild nature), no other humans (solo).*  The fasting ceremony.

Incorporation- Taking on the new body or self. The process of understanding and living into the gifts of the prior two phases. Bringing it into the body of the person and the community. Incorporation is the final three days of the vision fast, and continues for a full year.

Following this ancient, pancultural content we strive to provide an experience that is relevant, meaningful, and authentic to us in this place and this time. By "us" we mean the Euro-Afro-Hispano-Asian-Other-mongrel mix that now overwhelmingly inhabits Cascadia (the Pacific Northwest) and the U.S.A. We respect the ceremonies of traditional peoples, and specifically do not do a Native American vision quest (e.g. Lakota "Hanblecheya").

Our vision fasts are a modern day, nature based rite of passage (ROP), a ritual or ceremony that marks the passing from one life stage to the next. Vision fast, rite of passage, ceremony of transition, marking of maturation are other ways of naming or conceiving this ancient, distinctly human, and (we believe) necessary experience.

Do you feel a longing to connect deeply with Spirit, Nature, and Self?

Do you hunger for this type of supported, nature-immersed ceremony?

Do you feel like you missed something that should have confirmed your adulthood, womanhood or manhood?

Interested? Hear the Call? Give us a ring, or email, and see the Registration Page for more details about next steps.

* These restrictions can be modified to fit the individual if there is a strong need such as medical, psychological, safety, etc.

I returned from the vision fast with a greater sense of my need for community, knowing my gifts, how I contribute, and a greater sense of my place in the world. I brought back to my community much more than I set out to find.
— Talicia Brown, 2010 Vision Fast Participant
2017 Mixed Gender Participants

2017 Mixed Gender Participants

Interested? Hear the Call? Give us a ring, or email, and click the register button above for more details about next steps.

Max. Group Size: 8

Cost: $1,200-1,500 sliding scale.

Payment plans may be available.

Cost includes nine days of guiding, breakfasts and dinners, welcome home ceremony, and quarterly incorporation gatherings.

Guides for Men’s Winter Quest: Rob Miller and Praveen Mantena

Guides for Women's Vision Fast: Silvia Talavera and Jenny Russell

Guides for Mixed Gender Vision Fast: Rob Miller and Jenny Russell 


2016 Men’s Vision Fasters and Guides

2016 Men’s Vision Fasters and Guides