A Vision Quest to Clear our Mind
March 14-18 2018
We often perceive the world through the lens of our emotions.If we are happy, the world looks like a beautiful place. If we are sad, the world looks like a terrible place. The same applies to how we see or perceive ourselves. If we are happy and joyful, that is how we feel about ourselves. If we are angry, fearful, or jealous, we are angry and loathing of ourselves. In these few days we will work to strip away the layers of false beliefs and mind chatter that creates the fog over our perception.
The world is a beautiful place, but we need our mind to be clear in order to see it. We will use a variety of processes including contemplative meditation, ceremony, journalling, dreaming, discussion, and some good old fashion logic and common sense.
Schedule as planned, and subject to revision:
(There may be changes due to weather)
Wednesday Evening 7pm – 9pm Opening Meetup and Class.
Thursday, Friday, Sat 9am We will depart the meetup point and go out to various sites on the land around Sedona. See below for the sites we will likely be going to. There will be a hike/walk to the location, a process/ceremony/discussion. We expect to finish the process and be back to our cars by 2pm. There will be time for a late lunch, rest, and personal time.
We will meet again in the afternoon at approximately 5pm, preferably on the land to observe sunset and continue the process. Evening class and ceremony will end between 7 and 8pm. allowing time for dinner at one of the many local restaurants.
Sunday in the morning depart at 9am. We will return to town earlier in order for people to catch departing flights from Phoenix that day. Plan to be back to Sedona around 1pm. Allow 2 hours driving time from Sedona to the Phoenix Airport.
The schedule is subject to change dependent on weather and other factors. The one thing we count on is finishing Sunday on time so people can make their return flights.
Includes guidance, instruction, ceremony, entrance fees, and local transportation.
Not included is lodging and meals.
Weather in Sedona at that time of year averages 65 degree F. during the day and in the 30’s to 40’s at night. It is usually sunny.
Lodging: Please make your own lodging arrangements. I will post a google doc for those that wish to share a room so they can contact each other. I will work to make arrangement with a local hotel for a group rate and will post that when available. In the meantime you might check out Sky Ranch Lodge You can also stay in hotels at nearby Village of Oak Creek or even camp.
Places in Sedona area that we plan to visit.
Shaman’s Cave, Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock, Red Rock Crossing, Westfork Canyon, Cathedral Church.
I personally lived in Sedona and know the area. We will also be joined by Rick Sierchio, a friend and resident of Sedona for many years. He knows the area well. Rick is intimately familiar with the beauty and power that this land and nature has to offer.
Sedona is a unique place. Years ago the native Indians used the land for their vision quests and ceremonies for rites of passage. The felt the land too sacred to live on it, but would journey there for special processes. The sheer striking beauty of the colors and rock formations is enough to stop the internal dialog and quiet your mind. It is then that a new world opens up in your perception. In our processes and practices on the land we will take advantage of these openings of a quiet mind.
The landscape of Sedona has been formed over millions of years. Slowly the waters from the rivers have cut through the sandstone to reveal the layers of the past. The blessing of this time scape is that it heightens our consciousness to our brief visit here on earth. This awareness, when so boldly presented, leaves our ego mind no choice but to shrink and acknowledge the silliness of it’s agenda. This is just one of the ways we will utilize the land to free our self from the ego mind.
About Rick Sierchio: “I feel deeply called to share and help facilitate the healing of humanity. I have traveled the path of transformation for the better part of my life. Formally trained in the oral tradition of Toltec Teachings and Mastery with Miguel Ruiz and the Ruiz family, as well using several modalities of emotional releasing, prepared me to share these life-changing teachings and tools with students around the world. Together let’s honor and respect the masculine and feminine forces that reside within each of us that are calling for a new world, a new way of relating. Shall we dance?”
The view from Shaman’s Cave near Sedona. One of our planned stopping places on this quest to clear our minds and restore our vision of Life.