A Wilderness Quest for Vision & Self Healing in Lapland (2023)
A Wilderness Quest for Vision & Self Healing in Lapland
With Annie Spencer and Christiana Aro-Harle
August 24th – September 3rd, 2023
Western Lapland, Enontekiö region Finland
“Where there is no vision the people perish” Hebrew
Who is vision quest for?
Those wrestling with a major transition in their lives,
Those looking for a healing for a bereavement, divorce or other life crisis,
Those wanting to make a deeper connection with the natural world and/or with spirit,
Those looking to deepen their own experience of sitting with the land as an aid to their work with others.
Since time immemorial people have gone to the wilderness to seek guidance and renewal; to call for vision and healing; to find a new way of living that is in harmony with the earth. At this time of crisis for our world, visionaries are needed for our community. It is a time to remember Black Elk’s prayer: ’Oh Great Spirit, be merciful to me [bring me vision] that my people may live.’
The Hartwell Vision Quest has been created to assist those who call for their dream of life. Participation on a Vision Quest starts long before one walks into the wilderness of nature. The seeds may have been planted long ago, in childhood, and your arrival may seem part of a process unfolding steadily and naturally. Or the decision may be sudden, a crisis of transition causing something long-hidden to burst forth with compelling force, a force one cannot deny or refuse. Or it may just seem ‘the right time’, an affirmative way to answer a question, mark a change or renew the spirit. Alone, in nature, we stand before our mother the earth; we stand before our gods and goddesses.
During our time away the quester spends some days in preparation, receiving teachings both spiritual and practical, getting to know the land, letting go of the everyday world. Then you go out to quest for four days and nights. On your return, the days of integration are important: each story is witnessed and teaching is given to help illuminate the visions, dreams and signs that have come.
This is a powerful ceremony and not for everyone. You will need time to deepen and prepare and this could take a few months.
We aim to send out five to six people. Teaching is mostly in English, with Finnish as needed. Because this is a ceremony, the payment for this quest is divided into three: your deposit, your share of the expenses less your deposit, your donation to Annie and Christiana for holding the quest.
As this is a such a personal and strong ceremony, we suggest that you contact Annie to talk about it mobile phone / WhatsUp / FaceTime: +44 (0) 7805 078858 (UK is 2 hrs behind Finland). Also, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org : subject Vision Quest.
ANNIE SPENCER, a ceremonialist and workshop leader with an Oxford MA and a diploma in Humanistic Psychology, has been running groups and trainings for nearly forty years. Having been apprenticed in a Native American tradition and studied Guatemalan Mayan teachings, Annie weaves these with the traditions of her land. As a teacher, Annie opens pathways for others – illuminating their life’s journeys. Her primary interest is the renewal of ancient ceremonial forms for creating a path of beauty upon Grandmother Earth. Visit her website: www.hartwell.eu.com
CHRISTIANA ARO-HARLE, a shamanic healer, holds degrees as a Music Therapist, Breathwork Therapist, Beekeeper with a diploma in Women’s Consciousness, as well as a shamanic drum-birther. She has been working in the field of shamanic healing for over thirty years. Her path is woven with Land and Song, through Tuvan shamanic initiation with deepening paths into the Spirit of Song: the keener, the healer, the birther, the journey-er, the stinger. Christiana is passionate about supporting and guiding people to find their path, heal, remember and re-connect with Mother Earth and all Beings. Visit her website: www.solavoima.fi
Venue: We quest in a beautiful region in western Lapland, in the region of southern Enontekiö, Finland. This time of the year the dark night is brilliant with stars and the earth is fruitful with mushrooms, berries and mosses, as the pallet of colours slowly begins to turn as summer gives way to autumn. We will be on the homelands of the Saami people, home to reindeer, wild animals, and birds whilst low on insects (!) at this time of the year. There are panoramic views. All elements are present to help us in our call for vision. Our base camp is near a stream.
To book: you need to send a deposit of 150€ by 15 June at the latest. For payment details please contact Christiana Harle at email@example.com
This quest is held to assist those who seek to find their true nature in Nature and who wish to ‘knock on the door of spirit’ in a gentle yet profound way.