~ Reflect On Your Current Challenges & Triumphs
~ Release What Is No Longer Serving You
~ Develop Trust In Your Gifts, Strengths & Internal Wisdom
~ Gain Insight Into The Next Stage Of Your Life’s Purpose
For men seeking deeper insight into their life purpose and self identity, this program offers a potent rite of initiation in which a man’s old way of doing things and being in the world may die to that new way calling to be born into his life. MLA offers a powerful ceremonial container in which a man can discover and define the gifts that he may offer to the world.
Communities around the earth continue to center their love, personal meaning, healing and spiritual existence with the experience of solitude, fasting, prayer, deep soul connection, mystery and vision in nature.
The way this ceremony is held is similar to the pan cultural experiences of life-long rites of passage and initiation traditions of all earths peoples who have gone before. It involves a preparation phase, a threshold phase, three or four days of solo time on the land, and an incorporation phase including a council of elders mirroring your connections and revelations while out on your solo. Together these stages aid in grounding in the body the truths found on the land.
This experience is possibly a once in a lifetime journey, or as our elders have shown the beginning of a profound practice stepped into often throughout one’s life. The experience brings to the awareness a story you return to time and time again as nourishment for one’s soul. It is a personal time that can bless many future ancestors. We end with a return to community and family paying witness to the unfolding wave of your experience for a full year after with periodic check-in and support calls.
How To Begin: Write a letter of intention that reflects the call inside you to do this; the passage and pilgrimage speaking out to you. You might want to consider writing like you are hearing your own story being told in the third person. This letter will help us better support and guide you in your endeavor. You are stepping into an ancient ceremony. We have never seen it fail in affirming one’s beauty and vision.
Use the following questions as aids to help you get your writing started. Once you’ve registered, mail in your questions, please include your e-mail and mailing address with your intention letter.
Questions To Get You Started: When contemplating these questions, it may be helpful to get into the countryside, or into a quiet location, and walk in the knowing that you are beautiful, and that your life is important. Hold this inquiry in your body as a touch stone and listen inside to the world around you. As you further prepare, simply carry these wonderings into your daily life.
~ Looking back over your life, is there important information at the shedding skins of your growing? Any unfinished relational heart business? Any relationship struggles taking away from your core energy reserve?
~ Reflecting on your current life, where is the energy and how is it all unfolding? How does it serve, or hold you, from your radiance?
~ Then, with a forward look, standing in all your beauty, what do you see that calls for your heart and soul to be free and alive in the world?
Your letter writing will be a commitment to your soul in safety for your body and to trust in this agreement. You are engaging in this ceremony for yourself, and thus for your people and this earth; something larger than yourself. It is a journey where your body engages with your fate and destiny and the joy of living.
Vision Fast Guide – Trainees: In addition, this program is being offered for those who wish to learn more about guiding and holding the vision ceremony. It is intended for those wishing to become more comfortable in offering this to others. In essence, staffing this program is a first step in the study and practice of becoming a vision fast passage guide. A letter of intention and deposit is required. Like the vision fast participants, your letter of intention will also involve what is calling to you and your intention to serve others in this way.
Staff: Jeffrey Duvall and Patrick Crow. You can view biographies of our staff here.
We ask that you pay what you can afford and help with scholarships for other men if you can. Partial scholarships are available – we want to assure that everyone who is called to this journey is not held back due to financial considerations.
If you wish to set up a payment plan or inquire about a scholarship, please arrange with the MLA office prior to the event. Contact Jason Geoffrion to receive MLA’s scholarship form.
A minimum non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your reservation and assure you of a spot in this gathering. Space is limited to 8 participants by design.
Dates: September 5 – 12, 2020
Location: Private Wilderness Encampment, near Estes Park, Colorado
What To Bring: Upon receipt of your payment or deposit you’ll receive an email confirmation that will include a welcome packet with gear list, directions and other information. Your meals before and after the fast will be your responsibility, however an outdoor encampment kitchen will be available for use.
For more information or other inquiries please contact Jason Geoffrion, MLA Director: 303-444-9022, firstname.lastname@example.org