An opportunity to personally and collectively engage with the timeless reciprocity between humans and nature. It naturally brings forth relationships that have never been seen before within the terrain of the soul and of the natural world. Marked by three distinct phases, the innate intelligence of the vision quest brings you through a cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Severance is a critical stage of the Wild Rites ceremony in which we leave behind the world that is familiar. This takes place literally and metaphorically. Going from one life stage to another, requires us to leave behind that which we thought we knew so we can make room for what is to come. This is also a time to root ourselves into the rhythms of nature and from there, attune ourselves to our greater intention of the experience.
Threshold marks the time in ritual when we establish our threads of connection to the wild, and enter into the terrain of possibility, transformation, and reflection. Threshold is the space where unseen relationships are made visible, whether it be within our own psyche, or in the world of nature. This requires conscious experimentation with the unknown and one’s intention, while simultaneously giving up normal routines and fasting from food.
Another way to frame incorporation is the return. Incorporation is when we bring the experiences during threshold into expression - into everyday life. Incorporation often takes a year to fully integrate one’s experiences. This is normal, and it is at this stage that it is important to remember the ‘visions’ received are always changing, and following the vision as a journey is critical.
Awaken the indigenous soul through land-based connection, meditation, and activities.
Experience elemental rituals.
Clarify your intention through council and reflection.
Learn physical, emotional, and spiritual skills and resources.
Explore the surrounding landscape to find your vision quest site.
Spend four days as a part of the rhythm of nature.
Experience a water fast.
Consciously experiment with your intention .
Create unique rituals to empower, clarify, release, and bring insight.
Discover your strengths and values.
Rest and rejuvenation.
Group council and sharing.
Leadership opportunities to facilitate bringing your insights to everyday life through art, storytelling, ritual theater, music, dance, and much more.
One group call providing support integrating your experience and living the vision(s) received on your vision quest.
Personal consultations available.
Wild Rites Winter 2022 will take place nestled in a beautiful mountain valley in Southern Ecuador. The valley has many ancient sacred sites of the Incas, and the particular land Wild Rites will take place has been designated a sacred site by the Kogi people of Northern Colombia. About 5 years ago the Kogi arrived at the land with sacred instructions to build a temple, connecting this land to their temples in Colombia. As well, the local indigenous peoples, the Palta will welcome us in the sacred valley with ceremonies and place-based wisdom teachings. Unique to this particular Wild Rites is the cultural component, weaving our experiences with that of the local ecology, peoples, and ways of living. We will be about an hour from Loja, Ecuador.
Lead Guide & Sacred Sons Mythical Pillar
Darren Silver, MA, is a rite of passage guide, Nature-Connected Coach, ceremonialist, and innovative educator. He has nearly two decades of experience working with ritual, wilderness living skills, and guiding transformational
Dayna Seraye is a teacher and facilitator of personal transformation, guiding individuals and groups to experience the healing power of connection — to Self, Community and Nature. From an early age Dayna began studying medicinal plants and indigenous wisdom, and she has held a life-long inquiry of how to live in right relationship to the earth and the whole of life. Her path has led her to deeply apprentice to the practices of feminine embodiment, shadow work, and conscious relationship, and she leads trainings in yoga, authentic relating, leadership and facilitation around the globe. She feels in deepest alignment with her soul when she is guiding others to embody their medicine and be the force of nature they are meant to be in this world, and when she is with her 17 year old son, who has been her greatest teacher of all.