(Vocus) June 18, 2009
The vision quest, with its many different names and variations, has been used for generations by cultures from around the world. For the first time, The Children of the Earth Foundation will be offering a quest experience for youth and teens through the Family, Youth and Teen Quest offered July 12-17 in New Jersey.
The quest experience offered through Children of the Earth Foundation was passed down from Stalking Wolf, an Apache elder, through author Tom Brown Jr. This quest is not of the Apache culture but distilled from Stalking Wolf's decades of travel and learning from people of many cultures and beliefs. He found what is common in the quest experience from all these traditions and has passed on a quest experience that is now accessible to people of all cultures, regardless of race, religion or beliefs.
The quest is deceptively simple; leave behind the distractions of society and spend time alone in nature. The person questing goes in with a commitment to the experience which involves selecting and staying in a small place in nature with minimal gear. Without all the usual things they do to keep themselves occupied, they are given the opportunity to take a journey of discovery about themselves, the Earth and the Creator. The shifts that occur for those questing touch all areas of their lives and provide tremendous insight into themselves and their place in the world.
In the Family, Youth and Teen Quest, all individuals and family members prepare together and the adults, teens and older children will go out for a three night quest. Younger children will have further preparation and go for a two or one night quest. On the last day, everyone will come out of their quests together, joining together to celebrate and share as a community.
There are so few opportunities for youth to find adventure or to truly test themselves in our society. The Family, Youth and Teen Quest is a personal challenge that can truly transform a young life. Once a person has quested, they will never see the world in the same way again and the direction they discover for their life will serve them well through the years.