Acadia National Park Vision Quest

2018 Dates

June 16–23, Acadia Vision Quest #1

July 7–14, Acadia Vision Quest #2

July 21–28, Acadia Vision Quest #3

 

Mount Desert Island, Maine

You are sitting in stillness… taking in a waft of fragrant pine trees… on the edge of a glacier-cut mountain… looking out at the sky blue ocean… hearing the waves gently  licking the shore… and noticing a harbor seal popping her head up, blinking and asking you what you are seeing…

And this is just the first day of four… days of uninterrupted solitude in nature where you get to reflect on your biggest questions and listen for what Soul wants to share with you…

Each evening you will come back to our cottage on the ocean for quiet contemplation and/or optional listening spaces with the coach, Sandy Wilder… and deep rest… Can you feel the breakthroughs that are awaiting you in this sacred space?  Are you being called to join us?  We are ready to help you embrace this experience and make it life-transforming…

 

The Vision Quest Process

Traditional Vision Quests include three stages: Severance, Threshold and Incorporation. Our Severance stage will include questions we will send you as soon as you commit to the Acadia National Park Vision Quest. The questions are about your intention and what you hope to release through this experience.  You will then email us your answers.

Next we will have a conversation about your responses. The Threshold begins on your first morning in nature and ends four days later.  The Incorporation begins as soon as the Threshold ends and continues forever.  There is an optional follow-up call with each participant within two months after the Vision Quest.

 

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 Recent Acadia Vision Quest Heroes

 

Testimonials

It occurs to me as I write this that I wanted to see if I might like myself more once I knew myself better.

 

The hours and hours spent alone in the nature, that I so deeply love, enabled me to begin to gently and curiously let that self-sealed space open up. I hadn’t really thought of it that way before. I wanted to know what I’m made of inside.

 

I wanted to push my own inner boundaries and feel something where I have felt nothing for so long. I wanted to know if I mattered, and if my effort to do this work mattered at all.

 

In quiet but profound ways, I was shown over and over again that I do matter. I was shown that my efforts not to buy into the illusion that drifting along on the surface of this life is acceptable – deeply matter.

 

If you allow yourself, and Sandy will help you, to touch and open up the painful places that you suspect but might not even know you have, you can find keys to unlock your questions. Just unlocking some of the questions I needed answers to was huge for me.

 

It’s a process and I’m very green, but I now trust that I can hear my own deep questions, and I have experienced that the very personal answers also appear, as much as I am willing to be available to them. They are all around me in infinite, unique and often delicate or funny ways, patiently waiting for me to notice. This rebirth process will continue. And this is profound.

 

Amanda Thompson
Los Angeles, CA

 

I have done four vision quests in my life. Two were wilderness quests with backpacking and complete fasting. Two have been with QL (Sandy). QL’s vision quest offers flexibility, support, insight, and acceptance.

As a 62 year old, the backpacking just doesn’t work for my body anymore. I so appreciate that there is an alternative and with such a caring and loving guide. QL give you so much flexibility.

You can do a complete fast, you can do a small snack in the morning, which is what I do, and fast the rest of the day/night, or you can eat light meals. He does not judge! Fasting is preferred, but it is up to you to do what is right for you. I really appreciate that.

 

QL’s insights really helped me focus more during the fasting, or threshold, time. While it is your decision whether you want to do an evening debrief, it can be so helpful to understand what transpired during your day out in nature and to give you suggestions on areas to focus on your next day.

If you find the vision quest calling to you, you have a wonderful guide to help you through the experience!

Cindy Gabriel
Leominster, MA

 

I can’t believe it’s been six months since my week on the Acadia Vision Quest.  The experience is still so vivid!  I read my journal through at least once a month (on Inspired Solitude Days for sure) and have not failed to see more of, or renew an insight from, the experience.  It was revolutionary to have that time for Grace to work on my thoughts. 

 

In The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis has the tempter Screwtape describe how he ensnared his “client”: (my paraphrase) “Just as he was beginning to listen [to Grace] I told him it was time for lunch; when he went outside, I showed him a #39 bus and a newsboy selling the evening paper.  He forgot all the spiritual in the everyday.” 

 

The Vision Quest eliminated all the temptations and gave Grace a crack at my deepest questions. I will never be the same.

Ann Hightower
Houston, Texas

 

It is difficult to express what the Vision Quests have meant to me. The experience, all five times, was profound on every level – physical, emotional, and spiritual.  
 
The personal knowledge that I gained was quite extraordinary and unexpected.  Being alone in the beauty of nature every day is an experience I have never had before. The thoughts that came to me were illuminating and they had a penetrating effect which still resonates.
 
The optional meetings with Sandy at the end of each day were revealing in a way that I can not explain except to say that they made me think about everything in a new way. I wish everyone I know could go on the Vision Quest. It is the very definition of amazing.

Shane Ann Younts
New York, NY

 

 

The Vision Quest in Acadia National Park was, for lack of a better phrase, life changing. I began the journey with questions, goals, and expectations. I finished with more than I imagined. The process of disrupting my daily routine was more shocking than I expected. But with this loss of control my ego was more easily set aside and Grace poured forth for its gentle lecture.
 
The revelations I received were both surprising and logical. I never would have come to these answers if I had just been sitting at home. My daily routine was too blinding and too fast paced for me to open up to such possibilities. Not only did the Vision Quest allow for answers to my questions to come, but I then was able to sit with those answers. This sitting enabled me to really feel the answers on a deeper level. It is this feeling sense which I have come to understand to be the language of Grace.
 
As a result of my time spent in the solitude of Acadia I have tasted this feeling center and am drastically better at recognizing the voice of the Divine guidance of Grace. This Vision Quest was the unexpected and perfect next step for me in my spiritual evolution. I would absolutely recommend this program to anybody struggling to find answers. 
Jake Summerlin:
St. Louis, MO

 

2018 Schedule

Saturday (If you are flying in, you may want to arrive on Friday)

  • Arrival and settle in by 3 p.m.  Begin to slow down.
  • Join us on a short walk to a near-by cove and take in the ocean and mountains
  • Dinner with participants
  • Brief Meeting on logistics

Sunday

  • Shop for last minute necessities and/or light food
  • Visit possible solo spots in Acadia
  • 5:00: Dinner at Thurston’s Lobster Pound
  • 7:00: Opening Meeting to hear everyone’s intentions for their Acadia Vision Quest and to decide where you will spend your first day
  • Begin silence

Monday

  • 6:30—10 a.m. Drop off at your solo location for the day
  • 4:00–7:30 p.m. Pick up at your pre-determined location
  • Continue fasting, or dinner on your own in silence.
  • By 8:00, choose your time and spot for the next day.
  • Evenings: Quiet contemplation in silence. Optional session with coach.

Tuesday

  • 6:30—10 a.m. Drop off at your solo location for the day
  • 4:00–7:30 p.m. Pick up at your pre-determined location
  • Continue fasting, or dinner on your own in silence.
  • By 8:00, choose your time and spot for the next day.
  • Evenings: Quiet contemplation in silence. Optional session with coach.

Wednesday

  • 6:30—10 a.m. Drop off at your solo location for the day
  • 4:00–7:30 p.m. Pick up at your pre-determined location
  • Continue fasting, or dinner on your own in silence.
  • By 8:00, choose your time and spot for the next day.
  • Evenings: Quiet contemplation in silence. Optional session with coach.

Thursday

  • 6:30—10 a.m. Drop off at your location for the day
  • 4:00–6:30 p.m. Pick up at your pre-determined location:
  • 7:00 p.m. Break Fast Meal
  • Begin to prepare whatever you would like to share with the group the next day. Optional session with coach.

Friday

  • Morning: Breakfast at local restaurant
  • Debriefing of individual Vision Quests with the group
  • Lunch: On your own. Take out from local restaurant.
  • Afternoon: Continue debriefing of individual Vision Quests with the group
  • Dinner: The Jordan Pond House

Saturday

  • Departure in the morning

 

Location

Wilder Cottage: Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

 

Housing

We have a four-bedroom cottage with 2 ½ baths. Total Lodging Fee = $175 for the week in the cottage or $70 camping on the lawn or in the woods by the ocean. Your options are:

  • Sleep in the cottage, (Two doubles) or
  • Camp in a tent on the lawn on in the woods by the water, or
  • You can also choose a nearby Hotel or Bed and Breakfast (Their fees begin at $550 for the week) 3/4 mile from the cottage

 

Food

In traditional vision quests participants fast. This is recommended but optional. If you are going to eat during the vision quest then we will want to keep it very simple. Not a lot of preparation and clean up. We will have lots of water for you to always have with you. We will have some fun “Maine” meals before and after the Acadia Vision Quest, not during. We are happy to open this up more with you if you have questions or concerns.

 

Transportation Options

Note: If you are flying from distant parts of the country, you may want to consider coming in Friday instead of Saturday.
1. Drive to Southwest Harbor, Maine (24 hours from St. Louis, 8.5 hours from New York City, 5.5 hours from Boston

2. Fly to Boston, rent a car and drive 5.5 hours

3. Fly to Portland, Maine, rent a car and drive 3 and 1/4 hours

4. Fly to Bangor, Maine, rent a car, or be picked up. Drive 1 and 1/4 hours.

5. Fly to Bar Harbor, Maine, rent a car or be picked up. Drive 20 minutes.

 

Participants
Maximum Five/Vision Quest
Registration: To register for the Acadia National Park Vision Quest,  click the button below.

The Educare Unlearning Institute has a discounted sliding scale for all our offerings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what he/she feels is appropriate.

The fee for the Acadia Vision Quest is $820—$1,345. The fee includes the communication, meetings, facilitation, and a one-on-one call before and after the vision quest.  The fee for the lodging and as much bottled water as you desire is $175 for the week.  Camping fee including bottled water, showers, bathrooms, and kitchen use is $70 for the week. All food is at your expense.

Payments can be made at this link: http://educareunlearning.com/donations/

Monthly payment plans are available. 10% of Educare Unlearning Institute sales are donated to organizations that help the environment: spiritually and/or physically.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one month before the program date, your full paid fee will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel two—four weeks from the program date, 50% of the program fee will be refunded. If you cancel within two weeks of the program date, the full program fee is nonrefundable and non-transferable to another date.

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