Adult Summer Wilderness Quest

Thursday, August 24, 2017 to Saturday, September 2, 2017
Inyo Mountains; Independence, CA
Sliding fee of $1200-$1450; payment plans and scholarships available.
We invite you to join us to step into an exquisite dance with Nature and discover how a voyage into the outer wilderness can reveal to you the riches of our own wilderness within. This transformative adventure will help you slow down from the fast pace of modern life and find again your place within nature’s rhythms and cycles. Let the stark beauty of the wild, the whispers of the breeze or the vastness of the night sky become your guide to the rejuvenation or self-discovery you need. If you are hungry to understand yourself and your world more clearly, or seek help in navigating life’s changes,
this trip can be a powerful ally in your search.

Through storytelling, creative expression, council practice and living simply on the Earth, you will reconnect with yourself and with what you are longing for in your life. Following this period of preparation, we will hike into the stunning wilderness to setup our basecamp. There, as our ancestors from many cultures have done, you will walk alone to your solo place and discover the magic and power of turning to the earth with the needs, yearnings, fears and dreams of your life. After this period of solo time, you will return to the sanctuary of our small group where together we will spend the next few days bringing a deep understanding to the teachings nature has offered you and how they fit into your life.

The Details
The Quest has Three Phases:
Preparation/Severance: A time to become acquainted with your guides and fellow questers as we utilize 3
days to cover such topics as: Leave No Trace camping; natural history of the desert; safety and survival
procedures; teachings of the four directions and applying them to your own inner map; creating your own
ceremonies for growth, healing and celebration; and exploration of your reasons for questing through
expressive art, deep imagery, dreamwork, medicine walks.

Threshold: On the third day we travel to a wilderness base camp that will support you as you find your place
of solitude in this desert landscape in which you will spend 3 days and nights living alone without contact
with other people. If you choose to fast (as most people do), this will begin one day before you cross over the
sacred threshold, making the duration of the fasting time 4 days and nights.

Reincorporation/Integration: After your three days and nights of solo time in your place of beauty in the
desert, you will return to base camp to be greeted by your guides and fellow questers. After celebrating we
will support you in engaging the challenging process of gradually returning to “normal” life – eating, coming
back into the body, being with others, cars, etc. – and most importantly, we will work together to help you
make meaning of your alone time in the wilderness. Each quester will have a chance to share their story with
the group and will be assisted in a myriad of ways in bringing the many facets of the quest back into daily life.

When: August 24, 9 am - September 2, 1 pm, 2017.
Where: Inyo National Forest, near Independence, CA. All permits and camping fees for the duration of the
quest are paid by Wilderness Reflections.
What you need to provide: Personal camping gear; Five breakfasts and lunches for yourself (All dinners are
included); share in carpooling costs/vehicles. Ability to carry a 30-40 lb. pack for one mile. No prior camping
experience needed.
Fee: $1200-$1450. Deposit: $200. For those in need, payment plans & financial aid are available on a first-come,
first-served basis. Please contact for specific details.

REGISTRATION: To register for this program, please send us your payment or deposit for the program and a
one-page letter of intent describing your reasons for wanting to attend and what you hope to learn or explore
through your participation in the program. It may also be helpful to include any significant life transitions
you’ll be marking or life challenges you wish to engage by completing the program.
Register by Mail: Send us your name, address, phone and email contact along with your letter of intent and
deposit or full payment to: Wilderness Reflections, P.O.Box 311, Fairfax, CA 94978.
Register Online:
Click HERE to complete your registration form, submit your letter of intent and make a payment online.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Register 90 days in advance, and receive a $100 discount.

Guides for the Summer Wilderness Quest
Brian Spear, Anna Swisher & Scott Davidson
See our bios on our website at

Comments from Quest participants:
“One of the most profound, significant, and life-changing experiences of my life so far (I am 64). I recommend
the quest experience, Dave, and Wilderness Reflections without reservation.”
-Rudd C., 64, computer scientist

“I learned of the love, gentleness, and wisdom nature has to offer, that I am safe to express myself and safe in
my body. Also, the connection with the group (support, laughter, singing, openness, etc.) was a highlight.”
-Lori P., 35, graduate student