Still in deep gratitude to the land, the people who hosted us in the village, our participants and the process we were blessed to witnessing during the October Fast, Natasha and me are looking forward to next year and are happy to announce two slots - spring and fall - for the Cretian Quest in 2021.
‘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.
Natasha Lythgoe (wilderness guide, buddhist nun)
Werner Pilz (vision fast guide, council facilitator)
October 6th - October 17th, 2021
Location and Travel:
This programme takes place in the remote Asterousias region of Crete. 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 Quest ends on the afternoon of 16th October so all return travel arrangements need to be made for 17th October.
bursary (two available, please apply for): 650 Euro
locals (greek people): 650 Euro
balanced regular: 850 Euro
supporting (for those who can afford to support the bursaries): 950 Euro
including all guiding and local transfers from and to Mires. One bursary spot is available at 500 Euros. 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.
Accommodation: Shared Double Rooms costs on average 165 euros for the whole period (15 Euros per night). Single Rooms (recommended in Covid times) cost on average 330 euros for the whole period (max 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. 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.
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