The Vision Quest

Next Vision Quest

Sept 30-Oct 8, 2017. Fully booked. Wait list applicants accepted.

April 21-29 2018. Open.

Where: Glenreagh, Mid-coast NSW

Contribution* – $AUD 990.      *See notes below.

This is a 4-day/4-night solo wilderness ceremony in the teachings of late Lipan Apache, Stalking Wolf, Tom Brown Jr Tracker School, and Malcolm Ringwaldt, Earth-Heart Institute, USA.

Generally offered by us twice/year, The Vision Quest is for those seeking profound depths of healing and awakening, discovery of personal truth, sovereignty, and empowerment at a soul level. This is a rite of passage “ordeal” experience that helps the small self to die away unto the emergence of one’s authentic being, that is encoded with your original Knowing and heart’s Vision.

Go to the contact  page to enquire further. 

A Vision Quest is a nature-based ancient rite of passage ceremony that provides us with the opportunity to be still… Still enough to hear the voice that is calling us onto our most visionary path.

We walk into the experience prepared to retrieve the seeds of “soul DNA,” encountering the keys to our birthright of vision. We meet the soul-self underneath layers of personality, and receive guidance for the way forward. The vision quest offers rigorous tests and trials within which we experience our substance, and release more of the hold that our former, smaller ways of being in the world can have. Many find the quest experience allows a deep homecoming, purification, and sense of liberation.

The vision quest is for both those called to embark upon a first quest and those who are called to quest again. Many find the timing to quest is right when:

  • Ready to harness greater authentic power and visionary leadership,
  • Clarifying direction, insights & answers to the most important questions of one’s life,
  • Seeking a sense of reconnection – with Self, with one’s spirituality, with the Earth,
  • Amidst profound personal change,
  • Deep contemplation of purpose & identity,
  • Ready to allow the release of long-held emotional blocks, allowing healing and self-transformation,
  • Marking a significant life transition.

And when:

  • There is a stirring within, a calling to quest even if vague or mysterious at first, for it will be revealed…

And NOW at this time on our planet, to prepare us all to walk courageously and powerfully into the unknown.

Perhaps you “know” we have collectively reached the tipping point on Earth; perhaps your knowing tells your presence on the planet can and must make a difference; perhaps your focus is to go deep within. Regardless of your context, Questing at this time equips us to know what we are called to do as we journey into the future…

“We have reached an age where it has not just only become desirable to evolve to a new state of consciousness and wisdom, but it is actually becoming vital to our survival. We must return to the Earth. We are the Earth. We are finishing our experience of an analytical, controlled world learning of its excesses and eventuating futility. It is time to come back into balance, to become creative and to flow with the natural order of life once more. It is time to open our hearts and heal all that has been. The rebirth has arrived.” – Gemma Ooi

Whilst free from religious dogma, beliefs, or culture-specific practices, the vision quest is a ceremonial experience, honouring the Native American teachings, yet offered in a universal spirit as taught to us by our elders. This weeklong ceremony is infused with meaningful ritual designed to support personal transformation and connection to a transcendent dimension.

We give great thanks and acknowledgement to the native people, elders, and ancestors of Australia for their permission and blessing to offer this work on this land, and stand together towards the restoration of the Sacred, of Country, of Earth, and the Indigenous to their rightful status.

*Contribution reflects healthy exchange of the enormous energy and commitment that goes into this Quest, to offer protection, venue, nourishment, etc. There is no charge associated with the ceremony itself, nor the teachings. No one is turned away whom is genuinely called, and committed to the full process, and is in a sound state to withstand the physical, psychological, and overall strength of this process. Contribution can therefore be discussed individually with equal exchange, fairness and integrity in mind for all.

For more information or to register your interest in the Vision Quest, contact us.

Your facilitators are trained Vision Quest Protectors, Rain Czupryna, Steve McKenzie, and Laurent Schlup, whom all share a passion for soulful, visionary and souvereign living for the greater good of our wider world. Steve and Rain have taken a pledge to serve those who are drawn to this ancient ceremony and to offer this in the lineage of Stalking Wolf. The training they have undertaken was through Earth-Heart Institute at the primitive camp of The Tracker School, USA. Steve and Rain bring their hearts to this work and to those who feel a strong calling to this initiation, with intention to influence the wider ripple effect of the planet they care deeply about.

More about Rain’s vision quest path:

“I first quested over 15 years ago when I just HAD to heed the calling, to discover what awaited me in the belly of nature, and of my own ‘underworld’ of hidden knowing. I had been well-acquainted with the healing and clarifying portals of therapy and coaching, but discovered a raw, formidable presence in the vision quest, and this was important because at the time I embarked upon my quest journey I had been on my knees, needing critical answers. No where to hide and free from all that I’d been defined by before, the Vision Quest showed itself to me as a sacred portal indeed, to the heart of Creation and of myself. Coming back to the quest time and again both for myself and in service others through this “original transformational practice”  has since become a path unto itself. Each time I quest, I find myself surrendering into the cycle of death and rebirth for the next chapter of my life, calibrating once again to my own potential for sanctuary and ‘sanity’.  Along this deeply personal path of inner transformation, I have also had the humble honour of  guiding over 25 groups (about 200 people) through their rite of passage experience, quest formats ranging from single day ritual, 24 hour ceremony, or traditional 4-day/night “ordeal” of initiation. I owe much to the vision quest, for it has illuminated and revealed my true identity and paths in life to take, and more importantly, has generated much of the capacity for me to then walk what the vision asks of me. I’m grateful to receive these wisdom teaching from our ancients, and to be of service in this way. “

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Vision Quest Oct 2016

BELOW is a personal letter of inspiration and clarification from Malcom Rignwaldt, Quest Protector Instructor in the lineage of “Grandfather” and original chosen member of Tom Brown Jr’s first apprentices, “Coyote Thunder.”

The Vision Quest is the most powerful spiritual practice, “pound for pound,” bar none. It may not be the most fun as you sit in the scorching sun for hours waiting for any relief, or dance through the cold rain, and through it all wondering if I am absolutely crazy. But in all the years of my practice, I have never found the transformations, so readily available in the Quest, anywhere else. When we think of the Quest, too often we focus on the dis-comfort and hardship of the questing. However, I would ask you to focus, instead on the moments of spirit soaring, of stillness and peace, and of the knowing’s and of realizations that are experienced as well.
These experiences are more “true,” more real, than the discomfort because they are glimpses of who you really are! The rest are merely the personal wounding’s we have gathered along our journey, pasted over the essential and true Self. We seem to be fully attached to our wounding’s and darkness and so focus lots of attention on them thinking they are real and important to who we are. We believe in the reality of the fear our physical senses reveal and miss our true divinity revealed only by our spiritual senses. It is as we walk the spiritual path that we understand that these dark beliefs are merely the imaginings of a confused soul. The Vision Quest allows us to separate the false from the true about our Self— actually; the good news is that it won’t let you not separate them.
Because of this, I am always amazed when I hear people who have Quested, even some spiritual teachers – say that they have a new meditation, technique, ceremony, or practice that is more effective than the Quest. While there are certainly more comfortable practices, and easier, none touches the totality of our inner and outer experiences available in the Quest. And it works in such a relatively short time, too.
The Quest is a perfect balance of every part of our
humanness with nature and
spirit. It is a dance between
our deepest inner aware-
ness’s and realizations (the
 answers to our questions,
 and the struggles of our body, mind, and emotions) with the purity of nature around us. All the while, we are forever wrapped in the eternity of our true Beingness, consciously or unconsciously.
It is within all the grandeur, beauty, and harmony of nature and spirit that we quest. Nature and eternal spirit be- comes the perfect mirror that we gaze upon as the dark, misty shroud that includes all our pain, wounds, fears, and judgments eddy and swirls around us in response only to our inner imaginings and condition.
While those awareness’s of darkness are moving, surging, and falling back, and despite the hardship and discomfort, we begin to notice something else arising, some subtle inner experience that transcends everything else, something that underlies and supports it, something unchanging, tangible, real. As we Quest, this intangible gets stronger and begins to move to the foreground of our experience. This is how we encounter, through experience, our true Self that lies at the heart of all this movement. As the mist clears, we catch a glimpse of the Grand Vision of life, none other than our true Self. In fact, we get to know most practices are happy to focus on one layer of experience: the physical cultivation, devotional celebration, knowing, and realization, or pure, non-duality of Self. But the human is not a singularity, we are a totality and for the transformation to be complete, for it to make a global difference in our lives, all layers must be touched, healed, and awakened. We are not a physical being, not a being or emotion or feeling, not a being of intelligence, and not a divine being; we are Human Beings and that includes all of the above! The Quest is the only practice that brings every one of those levels into awareness to be worked with.
I am not saying forget the other practices. They are a great adjunct to what we start in the Vision Quest. They can carry forward the work, maintain the momentum, and polish the realizations and transformations achieved in the Quest. Just don’t forget to continue to Quest!
The Quest is the taproot of the path of spiritual development that must be nurtured, just how magnificent a Human Being is, not as separate pieces but as a total Oneness of possibilities and essence.
As I said, I know of no other practice that touches us in such a complete way!

Malcolm Ringwaldt
“The urge to quest seemed to come from an unknown place, but I trusted it. In the weeks leading up to the quest I went through a range of emotions including fear, but even from the preparation stage I felt supported by Rain and Steve at a spiritual, emotional and physical level. The quest itself was a most rich and rewarding experience, and I feel honoured to be among the community of journeyers who have taken part in this ancient ceremony. I experienced a deep and tangible connection with nature, and I gained wisdom and clarity around particular areas of my life. The whole quest experience has, in a subtle but undeniable way, changed how I view and experience my world – although the extent of it is difficult to describe (and understand) fully, since the quest I have been enjoying a richer, clearer, deeper perception of life in terms of present moments, and also of my direction. Thank you Rain and Steve for providing the environment to allow this.”
Julie Vaughn
I came back from Belli Park a bit over a week ago from a Vision Quest facilitated by Steve McKenzie & Rain Czupryna.
I am still basking in the clarity I am feeling and feel compelled to share my experience with you all….
…Personally, I had some amazing visions, I will be writing a book (I not only got the book title, but got the body and layout as well), I also got some clear direction in where to from here, in both my working life and personal life. The clarity around my wife blew my mind, I just had not seen it from that perspective before, what a game changer for my love life. I feel very blessed.
George Gummow
As a man in his forties now, purpose and deeper meaning has become my number one priority in life. The preparation for vision quest with Rain and Steve was very supportive and super clear, which alone was very insightful! The 7-day experience and facilitation before, during and after quest was critical to the whole outcome. If you’re looking for direction, deeper meaning or want to know yourself at a whole new level, then I highly recommend this profound journey that still after one month keeps unpacking more and more profound learnings and insight into how nature is possibly our best teacher in life.
The Vision Quest was for me an intense purification and, unexpectedly, initiation. I had no expectations and I couldn’t have imagined the power of it, and how it’s opened me up to a whole new understanding of, and relationship with myself and the Earth, and Spirit, and to the indigenous shamanic presence in this land. I particularly want to thank you Steve for the power of the protective role that you (and Rain and Tesla) held for us – so much love!

With love and thanks, Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte (lawyer and aid worker, Uki)

Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte
Vision Quest was the most powerful transformational experience I have ever had. The insight I gained into my own life process has been invaluable…
Emma Vine (Psychologist, Life Coach)
One of the most profound experiences… It is actually really difficult to put into words the overall impact and incredible beauty of the quest experience, it is like a stone dropped into a lake that creates ripples that last way beyond the physical experience itself. Firstly it is an incredibly humbling experience to be part of something that native cultures have been practising for thousands of years as a rites of passage opportunity or opportunity to go deeper into the exploration of your true nature and purpose. When I was out questing the spirit of the lineage that had gone before me was present and I felt held by that and trusted in the wisdom of returning to nature and having an experience beyond “the normal” Its hard to know the “how” of what goes on but the truth is it is an unparalleled opportunity for deep healing, catharsis and transformation- a time to return to the earth and access divine guidance…
Sarah Morgan
I am in awe of this incredibly life changing process. Life feels serendipitous right now with everything as it should be and an effortless flow to it.
Michele Haifer
Hi fellow questers

It’s been 12 months since we completed the vision quest and I have to say that the quest for me never ends.

My first thought of the quest was that I was disappointed that I was not taken up in a spaceship over the quest. Rain did tell me I had to be back by the Friday if I left. What I was left with was just me. Finding the real Barry under the cloak of invincibility.

Since the quest, I have left a dysfunctional relationship, traveled the world by myself for 5 months and then moved into a more equal and loving relationship in the Australian bush.

I wish to pause and thank again the protectors and the fellow questers that have helped turn my life around. What is important to me now is being real and conscious in the world. I look forward to what the quest presents itself over the next 12 months.

Love and blessings

Barry

Barry
VisionQuest October 2016

I had heard about Vision Quest throughout my life, not fully understanding the extent of what was involved in this very Ancient wisdom. It came into my awareness quite out of the blue that it was time to have this experience. Feeling a little apprehension, I communicated to Steve & Rain my fears & concerns which they met with such a grounded presence, I signed up.

I knew in my heart this was an opportunity to truly meet myself and integrate this past intense year of my life with no distraction.
To sit in stillness amongst nature, be held & nurtured by mother earth and spirit, allowed space to reflect back to me pieces of my puzzle I had been searching for. The understanding that dropped in about my life and self as I had known it, has been truly profound. Possibly one of the most life changing and rewarding experiences I have journeyed so far.

I’d like to thank & acknowledge Steve & Rain for holding such an integral 7 day program.

They work together in such a natural heartfelt way, sharing their individual expertise, wisdom & knowledge of VQ & much more, which supports you to drop into this amazing experience lightly and safely.

Barbara George ~ Brisbane

Barbara