"The Great Gift" Vision Quest in Crete
Asterousias Mountains, South-East Coast, Crete, Greece
06.10.2020 - 17.10.2020
‘Vision Quests’ or ‘Vision Fasts’ have been practiced by many indigenous people and cultures across time. We are living in the midst of change and uncertainty. Modern life can be overwhelming with its constant demand to do and have more, while the world around us starts to collapse under the strain. Many people are searching for a deeper sense of belonging, to re-connect with nature and community. The Vision Quest, in it’s modern form, offers an opportunity to remember our ancestral roots and our relationship with the land. At the heart of our time together lies a four day solitary immersion into nature to seek guidance. This is a unique way of opening up to a bigger perspective and reconnecting with what matters most.
“ The vision quest is nothing but a circle drawn in the dust, an empty form filled by the perceptions and values of the candidate. It is a mirror in which one sees oneself reflected ”— Steven Foster
Whilst the ‘Solo Fast’ itself will involve setting off alone on a stunning plateau above the Lybian Sea, covered with old, beautiful pine trees, our base camp accommodation during the preparation and integration phases will be in simple basic rooms in a very small nearby village. There are cooking facilities with everything you may need for your stay, and the village itself is characterised by the warm hospitality of a few locals who live there during these quiet times of the year.
Our time together during this phase will include:
Way of Council
Exploring with The Four Shields of Human Nature
Body-based practices to support centering and relaxed awareness
Natasha Lythgoe (wilderness guide, buddhist nun)
Werner Pilz (vision fast guide, council facilitator)
Werner Pilz , Natasha Lythgoe
£750 including all guiding and local transfers from and to Mires. An Early Bird price of £675 is available for bookings before 1st of July. One bursary spot is available for each Quest at £500. To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey. For Locals (living in Greece) the cost is Euros 650.
A minimum of 1 month before the program we will send you a Welcome Pack which will include logistical information and details about material and assignments for preparation at home.
We offer presence and if needed guidance one year long after the Quest for all our participants.
If you’d like to know more do feel free to get in touch. We’re both happy to have a conversation about the details of this programme and our approach. To book or to make an enquiry please email
Werner at email@example.com
Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org
£750 (see above)
Not included in the seminar fee:
Travel expenses: You will need to arrange travel to be in Mires in Crete, by 3pm on the 6th October where we will pick you up and drive to our location. There are regular buses to Mires from Heraklion. The 17th October is already travelling day. We end the Quest in the afternoon of the 16th.
Accommodation: Shared Double Rooms cost on average 180 euros for the whole period (15 Euros per night). Single Rooms cost on average 360 euros for the whole period (30 Euros per night).
Our accommodation during the preparation and integration phases will be in simple basic rooms in a small nearby village, which is characterised by the warm hospitality of a few locals who live there during these quiet times of the year.
Food: which is self catered. There will be ample time to buy supplies in Mires before heading to our base and there is a very basic shop locally should you need to stock up on simple foods.