“Remembering our humanness is the process by which we remember how to belong to the earth.”

- Darren Silver

Vision Quests with Darren Silver

Dates TBD

Join Darren Silver at the Monastic Academy for an initiatory journey through the rhythms of nature, personal insight, reflection, and healing. The vision quest is an opportunity to personally and collectively engage with the timeless reciprocity between humans and nature. It naturally brings forth relationships that have never been seen before within the terrain of the soul and of the natural world. Marked by three distinct phases, the innate intelligence of the vision quest brings you through a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. In essence, the vision quest is a ritual of remembering our belonging to ourselves and to our planet.

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Our yearly Vision Quest is a wilderness rite of passage led by Darren Silver. Darren is our Quest guide and a friend of the community, and has been mentored in earth-based traditions over a span of 18 years. Darren met MAPLE head teacher Soryu Forall while both were being mentored in Lakota rites and rituals.

In the first couple of days, we shed our organizational roles and responsibilities, and undergo a deep shift in rhythm. The group begins to behave as one organism, setting up camp together and dropping into the silence and spaciousness of the wild. The structure of our schedule is released as we settle into a slow and spontaneous pace, accomplishing everything in its own natural time.

Darren leads the group into deep inquiry, and we begin to set our intentions of what we are seeking and what we are offering to nature during our week in the wilderness. We offer prayers of our own, for ourselves, others, and for the world, and carry this prayer practice throughout the week, again and again offering our prayers as they come to us.

On some nights there are sweat lodges. This ancient practice is intense and challenging, but also beautiful. We endure the heat together, chant and take turns offering prayers and the boundaries between us begin to dissolve.

In the middle of the week, Questers leave the campground behind and embark on a personal journey, taking only their sleeping bag, tarp, and 3 gallons of water. For four days they spend time in a wilderness spot of their own calling, being with nature, fasting, praying, listening and feeling deeply into the Earth. This is typically the most powerful part of the Vision Quest, as few of the participants have ever had the opportunity to settle this deeply into the wild without agenda or distraction. When this portion of the quest is over, we return to the campground and resurface with the group, taking time to process and share stories from our time alone.

Throughout the Quest, a group of volunteer supporters manage everything behind the scenes – from cooking and transporting meals to taking care of business operations.

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It is in nature that we are able to see more clearly our true nature and purpose. We reclaim and remember who we are, and our purpose becomes something worth following.

Darren Silver

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Darren Silver, MA, is a rite of passage guide, Nature-Connected Coach, ceremonialist, and innovative educator. He has over a decade of experience working with ritual, wilderness living skills, and guiding transformational experiences residentially and internationally. A gifted storyteller and apprentice to the old myths, Darren weaves the power of the natural world, vision, and community in devotion to the remembrance of regenerative culture.

“With a unique and graceful artistry Darren weaves mythic archetypes and ancient wisdom seamlessly into experiential lessons that hit deep and resonate for weeks, months, years. He embodies playful childlike wisdom, sage old reverence for the land, and everything in between.

From practical wilderness skills to masterfully delivered stories, Darren provides exactly what is needed, adapting and flowing intuitively to meet his students for starkly present and often life-changing teachings.”

– 4-year vision quest participant

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Myth is more than a source of knowledge, entertainment, or stories for children. If done well, myth broadens and embeds the listener into the their inner lives and into the living, breathing world.

Listening to a myth-teller with others, can regenerate the values of the individual and collective community; this is the old way of remembering what we value, where we are, and the threads that bring us together.

We listen to stories from all world cultures, reflect on the values they portray,…
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