Earth Based Youth Retreats
Based on the ancient spiritual practice
of going onto the land with intention, the Vision Quest or
Vision Fast as it is sometimes called, is a modern day rite
of passage to be engaged in at moments of transition or moments when a deepening
of our life intention is desired. The Vision quest
for young adults ages 19--22 is specifically geared toward the
transition or passage into full adulthood.
How Will Participants be Engaged?
Our experience will be a modification
of the full ten day Quest conducted in wilderness areas. Instead
we will spend five days on the land at the Blauvelt
Dominican Empowerment Center in beautiful Goshen, New York.
When the participants
first arrive they will be engaged alternatively in personal time
on the land and group discussion. All of this is geared
toward preparing them for a period of time (24 or 48 hours) when
they will be alone on the Earth while fasting. Participants
are instructed with regard to safety issues and all “solo
sites” are selected by the participant in collaboration
with guides. A safety system is arranged to insure the
well being of each participant. If at any time a participant
wishes to speak to the guides he or she is free to do that. At
a pre-arranged time all participants return to base camp and
an opportunity is provided for each person to share their experience
on the land with the group. During this time the guides
work with each person to help them embrace the full meaning of
their solo time on the land and prepare them to return to their
Who Will Conduct This Experience?
Dominican Sister Margaret Galiardi
will be the lead guide. She
herself has quested several times in the wilderness, served as
base camp assistant and also trained formally with Wilderness
Rites Inc. Margaret frequently spends time alone on the
land informally and in structured programs geared to deepen one’s
connection with Earth and Holy Mystery.
Margaret has led a year long training
session for a half dozen Dominican Sisters, all of whom have
themselves engaged in the Quest experience. Gina Fleming,
Peggy McVetty, Diane Capuano, Marge McGregor, Didi Madden and
Ellen Rita Purcaro will assist in various roles during the