Snowdonia, North Wales:
The Vision Quest is an ancient ceremony to mark and move on from one life transition to another. This Vision Quest will take place in the mountains of Snowdonia, in North Wales.
Our base is a comfortable Grade II listed barn conversion dating back to the 17th century, created out of three barns to make a beautiful single dwelling. It is on the edge of the Rhinog Mountains, looking out to sea and the Cambrian coastline.
Included: a well equipped kitchen/diner with a dishwasher and washing machine
Several bedrooms to share
For single private space there is land for camping
Plus an external drying room for drying waterproofs
The group will live as a small community. You're therefore asked to be responsible for yourselves. You will need to provide and cook your own food. Closer to the start date we send the address list for you to plan meals together or alone.
There are a couple of local shops in the village within walking distance. Porthmadog is the closest small town with a wider range of shops including a good health food store, camping shops and a large supermarket with some organic food.
We move out to a base camp in the mountains for your solo time on the fourth day. Then return to this lovely place for the final two days.
Cost: £795, deposit £200 (non refundable & non-transferrable unless the vision quest is cancelled)
This includes all accommodation and camping in your own tent and the welcome meal.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to talk over the whole process if you would like to.
To secure a place you need to send a non-refundable deposit along with a letter saying something of yourself, your past, issues you carry right now and why you wish to do this Quest. You will then be sent further details including the ‘The Wilderness Quest’ guidebook. This will support preparations and include a full equipment list plus the necessary medical forms, travel suggestions and a map to the venue. Our group size is always small to enhance the quality, experience and the depth of our work together. So be mindful that places are limited.
Arrival is on Sunday afternoon between 3pm-6pm. This will give you time to settle in, pitch your tent if necessary and find your feet on the land. A welcome vegetarian dinner will be provided at 7pm. This will be our first gathering with the opportunity to go over the logistics and form of the Vision Quest. Please let me know of any dietary needs.
The ceremonial gate will open on Monday morning at 10am.
We will finish by 5pm on Thursday the 20th September.
If you are coming by car there is plenty of parking available. Directions will be sent one month before the start date. If you need this information before to plan flight arrivals etc, then please email me. If you are travelling by train you can arrange to be picked up and dropped off from Harlech.
What participants say :–
I never imagine myself alone in the wilderness, during four nights, not eating. I had many preconceived ideas of how was going to be, what was going to happen. It was the far my ideas - challenging and amazing, the most real experience I have ever had in my 38 years of life. The stillness- was the great gift I received there, me being a hyperactivity mind and body. And after I came I found this poem that expresses what I felt there, but in a more poetic and beautiful way:
“Though my soul set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
Salomé – Portugal
I felt a strong compulsion to return to my power place. A year after we climbed up on to the mountain I went back alone and pushed through the now over grown paths to the barn and up to my special place.
It was an incredible experience, the weather was beautiful and any sense of fear and loneliness was washed away with a feeling of acceptance. The clarity of thought returned, the celebration of self and nature and the sheer solitude were intoxicating. The sky at night has never been so spectacular... the solar system was exquisite.
I feel complete. That this has reinstated my intention and also laid new foundations.
Gareth Clark. Autumn Vision Quest – 2014
More about Pippa
Pippa Bondy has been guiding and leading wilderness rites of passage Quests in Snowdonia, North Wales for twenty years. Her vision and passion led to her founding Ancient Healing Ways in the late 1990’s. She offers courses in a ceremonial form, creating a bridge between modern healing practices and the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples. Pippa has taught and mentored people in the practice of Council for more than twenty years and has introduced this practice of deep listening to communities, social care workers, teachers, women's aid, hospices, therapists, environmentalists and the world of business. She has also created a unique programme based on a synthesis of Council and Alexander Technique. Her background includes training as an Alexander Technique teacher. She teaches in the UK, Scandinavia & USA.