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Nature Quest

Steve is a Vision Quest (Nature Quest) facilitator trained with Earth Heart Institute in New Jersey in the Stalking Wolf lineage. Stalking Wolf, a Lipan Apache Native American, passed on the knowledge to Tom Brown Jr.

 

The next group Nature Quest is from Sat 19 - Sat 26 October 2024. The venue is at Dundas about 1.5 hours north-west of Brisbane, near Wivenhoe Dam. This involves two days preparation, four days and nights out in the quest circle, and two days integration. Applications are open now (see below).

You may find the timing is right to quest when you:

  • are being called to live authentically and in alignment with your soul

  • are ready to claim your birth right of authentic power and life purpose

  • want to experience your soul in a deeper and meaningful way

  • want answers to profound life questions

  • are wanting re-connection with yourself and Nature

  • want to experience stillness, free from distractions and stress

  • are seeking personal transformation

  • are experiencing a life transition

  • are ready to release no-longer-needed emotional block

 

Your quest begins the day you commit to attending. Your quest continues after the four days in your quest circle, and indeed for the rest of your life here on earth. How it unfolds differs from person to person, so we encourage you not to have expectations – all will be perfect for you.
 
The quest is an opportunity to meet the stillness within, deeply immersed in Nature, to connect with your true essence, and to reclaim your birthright of a life filled with purpose and vision. The encouragement is to live your life aligned and infused with your soul power.

What is a Nature Quest?

 

Traditionally called a Vision Quest, the Nature Quest is a Nature-based ancient rite of passage used for thousands of years by indigenous cultures for spiritual growth and expansion. It is a solo bush experience in which you spend four days and nights immersed in the beauty and healing energy of nature and Mother Earth. It will provide you with an opportunity to be still; still enough to hear the voice that is calling you onto your visionary path.

 

You are alone in a small quest circle with no distractions, fasting from all things familiar except water. You come face to face with yourself, and get to know more deeply who you are. There is something about being alone in Nature that brings us closer and more aware of the four elements and our connection to a creational source.

 

In a Nature Quest conditions are designed to allow our soul to move beyond the illusions of the little self and

enter the unity of the inner whole. This quest is free from all religious dogmas and beliefs. Though the quest

is derived from Native American traditions, it is practiced all over the world. The week will include ceremony

and ritual to support your soul work and personal transformation.

 

The Nature Quest at Dundas and run over 8 days. Prior to your quest, we will help you prepare for this

life-changing event and we will provide the structure and support you will need. The 8 days consists of

2 days arrival and preparation, 4 days and nights in the quest circle,  and 2 days during which we give

you the tools to help you integrate and understand the insights you have received to allow this spiritual

growth into your daily life.

 

Prior outdoor experience is not required. Please call to discuss any questions or concerns about dietary or medical needs. 

 

Contribution - $1450 (deposit $350) full payment by 15 Oct 2024.

Testimony - "There are some experiences in life that stand above and beyond the thrum of daily existence and deliver such intense and unfathomable transformation that herald a deeper more integrated perspective on being human. An alchemical process of transfiguration, in my experience, generally doesn’t come by chance. It’s a result of heartfelt intention, unwavering devotion to face my fears, my shadow and my trauma, and a willingness to step into the liminal realms of mystery and wonder, bound by the fabric of creation. It also requires the support, care and guidance of people who know und understand deeply this process, people who have devoted their path to assist others to step into the fullness of their being. The Soulpaths offering of Vision Quest is all of this and more. Honouring the Stalking Wolf lineage this process is impeccably delivered with such integrity, love and respect allowing for massively transformational experiences. Highly recommended."

Adam Sebastian West, Sunshine Coast

 

Testimony - "A deeply profound and life enhancing experience. This ceremony has deepened my connection to self, my ancestors, mother nature and life. The ceremony was beautifully supported by Steve and his team with strength, compassion and humility. Upheld by the Stalking Wolf lineage; a lineage honoured by all who may heed the call".

Dean Lindsay, Mullumbimby

Testimony - "My experience was profound, life changing and one of the hardest things I've ever done. The insights I received were life changing and it helped me to become more aware of the areas of my life that needed a serious shake up.  Steve and the other protectors provided us with loving support and guidance throughout the whole week and I could especially feel their love and protection even out in my circle alone. I felt safe, supported and held by all whilst being in such a deeply vulnerable state and I cannot thank them enough for the way they held space beautifully for all of us Questers. If you are feeling the call to Quest then go for it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Elodie Weith, Sunshine Coast

 

Testimony - "From the outset, Steve and the team demonstrated a deep understanding of the power of nature and its ability to guide us on our life journeys. Throughout the preparation phase, they were supportive and informative, answering all of my questions and providing guidance on what to expect during the vision quest. They helped me to choose a location that was both beautiful and spiritually significant, which enhanced my connection to nature and the experience as a whole. During the quest itself, the team were a constant source of reassurance and encouragement. They created a safe and nurturing environment, allowing me to fully immerse myself in the experience without any distractions or interruptions. Through their guidance and wisdom, they helped me to tap into my innermost self and connect with the natural world in a profound and meaningful way. The insights and clarity I gained during the vision quest have stayed with me and continue to guide me on my journey. I cannot recommend Steve and the team at Soulpaths highly enough. His expertise, compassion, and deep reverence for nature make him an exceptional guide for anyone seeking to connect with their true self and the world around them. Thank you, Steve and the team, for a truly transformational experience." - Michael Cooper, Gold Coast

Application form

Complete application form in Word, save and email to steve@soulpaths.com.au - however please speak to Steve (0406 286 727) first.

 

 

 

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Interested? Please phone or email Steve - 0406 286 727 steve@soulpaths.com.au
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Vision Quest Protector Training 
15 - 24 May 2025

Steve is teaming up again with Kate and Sam from Nature Philosophy (see www.naturephilosophy.com.au) to deliver their sixth Vision Quest Protector Training on 15 - 24 May in Northern NSW.

Steve sat his first vision quest with Kate and Sam in 2013 and is excited to be working with them again to bring Stalking Wolf's vision quest teachings to Australia. Kate and Sam have a long history with this lineage with Kate having spent a year in the Pine Barrons, New Jersey learning many of Stalking Wolf's teachings with Tom Brown Jr.

The training is a 10-day initiation into the pathway of Vision Quest protection.

Are you called to guide people on the powerful rite of passage that is a Vision Quest?

SKILLS OF A VISION QUEST PROTECTOR & FACILITATOR

In this extensive training program we will cover the spiritual and energetic skills of protecting a Vision Quest. Specifically this includes:
* spiritual protection
* spiritual commitment
* detecting and interpreting areas on the land which contain light and dark influence
* personal and area shielding
* techniques to trigger silence so you can "see" beyond the physical world
* safe ways to navigate the transformational energy of the Vision Quest, and
* understanding the dynamics of ceremony

Additionally, you will learn all the logistics required to safely organise, facilitate, and protect a Vision Quest for others.

There will be a mix of group process, key note presentations and dynamic learning experiences. Sweat Lodge ceremony is offered and a Vision Quest Ceremony will run in parallel with your training. This will enable you to gain direct experience with the power and energy of Vision Quest while "in training". It will also equip you with invaluable experience regarding the interaction of quest energy and the skills of protection.

Please note that to complete your training and be qualified to offer your own Vision Quest Ceremony you will also need to apprentice as a Vision Quest Protector at a Vision Quest program after the completion of your training.

This program was originally designed to train only those called to the Vision Quest Protector path. However many people who never intend to protect a quest have taken this program as it suits their own unique spiritual needs. The spiritual teachings offered are universal, and significantly deepen your personal Vision Quest experiences as well as empower your life journey.

This program culminates with the Second Level of Quest, which alone has the capacity to fundamentally transform us.
See the description for this at https://naturephilosophy.com/vision-quest/7-levels-of-quest and for more information about the other levels of quest.

TRADITIONAL LINEAGE

This training is based on the Vision Quest ceremony and teachings passed down by Stalking Wolf (Lipan Apache elder and Shaman) to Tom Brown Jr. and then to Malcolm Ringwalt, who taught Kate, Sam and Steve.

Kate, Sam and Steve have all deeply committed to the journey of quest and from this place can offer you extensive experience with both personal Vision Quest and Vision Quest Protection.

We are excited and honoured to be offering this program in Queensland and Australia and welcome anyone who has quested in this lineage to be in touch.

Kate Rydge & Sam Robertson - info@naturephilosophy.com.au
Steve McKenzie - steve@soulpaths.com.au

Prerequisite: 4-day Vision Quest Ceremony
COST: $2,700 

Early bird: $1,990
DETAILS:
10 day program, includes all food, camping accommodation & expert training in Vision Quest facilitation. Please note - to complete your training and be qualified to offer your own Vision Quest Ceremony you will need to apprentice as a Vision Quest Protector at a Vision Quest program after the completion of your 10-day training.

DATES: 15 - 24 May 2025
Enquiries: Steve 0406 286 727

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