Underworld Journey: An Advanced Vision Quest We are proud to host this special course, offered by Animas Valley Institute.
The Underworld Journey is designed for those courageous and vulnerable individuals whose previous experience in nature-based soul work compels them deeper into the mystery -- even if the mystery journey risks shredding the fine robes of comfort, success and security. The Underworld Journey awaits those who already hear mystery whispering in their day and night dreams, in unusual occurrences and encounters, in water or wind, and whose profound longing is to sense and navigate life by these deep currents. The Underworld Journey is not intended as healing, therapy or an improvement of the life we are already living, and neither is it designed for those who are simply exasperated, fed up, or who have "tried everything else". The Underworld Journey is offered for those of you who are ready to fall so deeply into your longing and lament that your old story -- as good as it is -- might crack, revealing the deeper strata wherein a new story, rooted in mystery, may blossom and flourish. The guides will be supportive and lovingly fierce in facilitating an ego-dismembering encounter with the Sacred Other; the guides will be lovingly fierce in encouraging the conscious emergence of your own unique, mysterious essence that longs for full expression in the world -- an expression the world simultaneously longs for (and needs).
The Underworld Journey is designed for those who are ready to face the greater challenge and intensity of a 13-day descent to soul. Relative to our other quests, there is an extra group day (for a total of nine) in the wild prior to the fast, allowing additional preparation for the descent; there is also an extra day at the end for deepening the reincorporation phase. And unlike our other quests, the maximum number of participants on this program is nine.
This "advanced" quest is for those who have previously quested with us, have participated in at least one of our advanced programs (Advanced Intensives, Soulcraft Journeys, Vision Fast apprenticeships, or Animas Valley's SAIP training program), or have had significant previous experience in nature-based soul work. An application is required. If you are intrigued but not certain that the Underworld Journey is for you, perhaps you might begin by responding to the application questions -- it's possible you'll catch yourself surprising yourself -- and thereby know if the Underworld Journey is longing for you...
Dates: October 2-15, 2011 Guides: Bill Plotkin , Geneen Marie Haugen Guide Fee: $ 1795 Lodging, Camping, & Meals Fee: $385
Location/Lodging Info: Lodging fee of covers shared accomodations & meals at True Nature Farm prior to heading out to the wilderness. The fee also includes meals & camping fees for the wilderness portion. Lunches, snacks, and tea/beverages are the responsibility of each participant while on the wilderness portion of the quest.
Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural transformation. As founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide. In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a “call to adventure,” leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook) and Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development through the entire lifespan). His doctorate is in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Geneen Marie Haugen is a writer, wilderness explorer and guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche. Her work appears in many anthologies, including American Nature Writing and Going Alone: Women's Adventures in the Wild. Currently a PhD student in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she is committed to the world-shifting potential of the generative human imagination.