For most people a vision fast or initiation is a major life event. There are several steps to registration to make sure that we are a good fit for each other. Registering with as much advance notice as possible is strongly recommended- three months to one year or more in advance is ideal. Preparation takes time. You will get from this experience what you give to it. Steps include:
1. Initial inquiry. Have a personal conversation and read basic information such as the brochure, website, etc.
2. For adults, read The Trail to the Sacred Mountain: A Vision Fast Handbook by Steven Foster and Meredith Little (click to order online).
3. Send full payment or commitment deposit. For youth initiation, the application should accompany this payment.
4. Schedule an interview (for adult vision fast) or fill out the application (for youth initiation). Interviews take 45 minutes to one hour, with one of our guides.
5. At this point you are registered and begin preparation. You will receive a preparation letter a few weeks after we receive your payment. Your ceremony really begins with your commitment. Start paying attention to whatever comes up. It is likely part of your process.
Money, Payments, and Refund Policy
Regarding money, our intention is both to make this work available to anyone who is called to it, and run a viable, healthy organization.
Our preference is to have payment in full at the time of registration. If a sliding scale is offered, you can choose what amount you pay within the range. Choose based on your ability to pay, the importance of the work to you, etc. You may give more at the end of a program if you would like to. Part of your journey- your inner work- may include using this process as an opportunity to engage with your relationship to money. Paying just a little bit more than feels comfortable is one way to work this edge. Take this opportunity to talk with us or others in your life about your relationship with money.
Use the PayPal button to the right to pay your deposit, full registration, or payments on a payment plan if you have arranged one. You will be prompted to enter a payment amount.
If you are not paying the full amount at registration, a commitment deposit of at least $400 is required to reserve your spot.
Commitment deposits minus $200 are refundable with at least 8 weeks notice. Between 8 weeks and 4 weeks prior to the start date of a program the commitment deposit minus $200 is transferable and must be used within one calendar year from the date of the initial program. Commitment deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable 28 calendar days prior to the start of a program.
Make payment arrangements when the deposit is sent. Full payment is due not later than four weeks before the start of a program unless prior arrangements have been made.
Our goal is to make this work available to any person who desires it. We understand that for some people our program fees are a major expense, and for others it may seem an impossible amount. Cascadia Quest has extremely limited scholarship funds; however we are very willing to support you in the process of financial planning and fundraising. This can take the form of budgeting and planning, brainstorming, fundraising of many types, community outreach, etc. This process can be incredibly healing, empowering, create community connections, solidify relationships, create many forms of abundance, and more. You may be amazed at how much support you find out there if you are willing to ask! Thus far, participants and families have had great success with this type of supported fundraising. Our limited scholarship monies are distributed only as a last option. Contact Rob at 458-201-2868 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Supported Rites of Passage
In traditional cultures across the globe, until quite recently and still in some places today, a young person was sent out from their community, went through a rite of passage led by mature adults and elders of that community (though not their parents), then returned to that community with the gifts they received through the transformative process.
At Cascadia Quest we seek to re-establish that traditional cycle and ethic: Support young people and adults in finding their purpose, power, and vision through wilderness rites of passage, and benefit from the gifts they return with. There are several ways you as part of your community can join in this transformation, and support your youth and adults:
-Identify those people ready. Tell them, or their parents/guardians, about this or other rites of passage. Share information with them.
-Support those participating in rites of passage energetically. Encourage them, bless them, pray for them, hang out with them, ask for and hear their stories and the gifts within.
-Support them financially. Small to large donations of money directly to that family or individual for their registration fee is an incredibly meaningful and impactful statement of support.
-Give someone who works for you time off and blessing to go out into the wilderness, to grow, and to bring back what they receive to your organization.
-Financial contributions to Cascadia Quest buoy us, make this work possible, and support all families and individuals involved.
-Show up for their send off, return, and especially Welcome Home Ceremony. Witness them. Receive their gifts.
For Communities, Organizations, and Businesses
We are evolving a program of community supported rites of passage for communities, organizations, and businesses that basically follows the above pattern.
Engage (or form) your elders group, management team, etc. to look for those young people, parents or guardians of young people, or adults ready for this type of experience. Talk to them about it. Come up with a plan.
-Collect funds from members, do a fundraising/funraising activity, offer time off (unpaid or paid), allocate well-being funds, etc.
-Support them energetically through their participation. Encourage them, bless them, pray for them, hang out with them, ask for and hear their stories and the gifts within.
-Show up at their Welcome Home Ceremony and/or organize one within your group. Hear their story.
-Receive and benefit from their gifts. Because each person typically returns from their journey with greater solidity, self-knowing, purpose, vision and power- they strengthen and benefit that organization, community or business.
-It is difficult to overstate just how meaningful and moving a financial contribution to an individual or family for their rite of passage can be. It greatly inspires the desire to serve, give back, and pay forward to others. This isn’t a reason to give, but rather a sign that the selfless gifting of kindness and good will tends to bring more kindness and good will into the world.
If you are part of a community, organization, school, or business and would like to explore a community supported rite of passage program for yourself, or others, please contact us.