PeerSpirit Wilderness Quests
Are you seeking to mark a transition in your life? To reconnect with your inner wisdom? To clarify a life situation? To learn from nature? We invite you to join us in a wilderness quest. Sacralized time in deep nature, the experience of “questing” is a heritage sourced from humanity’s Indigenous roots. We honor those who have held onto and reintroduced this tradition despite all attempts by dominant culture to eradicate such powerful ceremony.
In respectful, multi-cultural awareness, we prepare as a community to observe 3 days of fasting and ceremony. Combining an immersion into the natural world with the support of community and time for solitude, a wilderness quest is a powerful way to take the next step in your life. Our photo gallery from past quests will give you a sense of the landscape and the people who come questing with us.
If you have questions about registration, travel logistics, etc., or have specific questions about the nature of questing please contact Ann at the PeerSpirit office.
May 30 – June 7, 2020
Skalitude Retreat Center
Eastern Washington, USA
(Note: With the outbreak of COVID-19, many things are in flux. We are still holding out hope that the situation will be stable enough to go ahead with the Cascadia Quest. Our dedication is always to the health and well-being of our clients. We are in good contact with those who have signed up and will cancel with full refunds if we are unable to hold this event.)
For the twelfth year, PeerSpirit is delighted to offer this wilderness fast for both men and women. If you are seeking to mark a transition in your life, to reconnect with your inner wisdom, or to clarify a life situation, we invite you to join us in the beautiful forested lands of the eastern Cascade Mountains. Using Skalitude‘s off-the-grid retreat center as a base camp, the group will prepare for a 72-hour solo by learning traditional quest practices of wilderness solitude, fasting, council, and ceremony.
Participants will provide their own equipment (list provided) for the solo time. All food will be provided. No prior camping experience is required. Hiking and other movement at this 3,000 ft. elevation will not be strenuous, though you must be healthy enough to camp during solo time.
About the Guides:
Ann Linnea of PeerSpirit is a wilderness guide with four decades of experience. Through a lifetime of wilderness work and bringing the wisdom of council into the mainstream, Ann has developed a deep-seated belief that true, internal, systemic change is facilitated by extended immersion in the natural world in the creative company of peers. Ann is a certified Wilderness First Responder and a member of the Wilderness Guides Council.
Christina Baldwin is a guide to the inner life through journal writing and personal story. She is passionate about nature, wildness, and helping people sit with the earth and receive instruction, inspiration, and direction. She and Ann co-founded PeerSpirit circling, which, along with the quest’s own ancient ceremonies, will provide the social and spiritual container for the journey of these days.
Deborah Greene-Jacobi has been an educator and mentor for over 35 years. A passionate wilderness guide, Deb is inspired by the transformative power of the wilderness as a mirror of our own deepest human nature. Her passion now is in guiding earth-based practices and wilderness rites of passage for older teens and adults. Deb has trained with the School of Lost Borders, is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, and is a member of the Wilderness Guides Council. She is also a member of EarthWays, a collective of wilderness guides in Sonoma County, California.
LeAnn Blackert is joining the guiding team as BaseCamp in 2020. She is in ministry with the United Church of Canada, working to grow Wild Church plants in Kamloops and Kelowna, British Columbia. Wild Church is a sacred nature-based experience to awaken deep love for self, earth and all living beings for the survival and healing of the planet. LeAnn’s journey to this Wild Church ministry has roots in her Cascadia quests at Skalitude.
DATES: May 30 – June 7, 2020
LOCATION: Skalitude Retreat Center, located on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains near Carlton, WA (Driving time from Seattle is 4.5 hours and from Spokane, 3.5 hours)
COST: $1400.00 US. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration. Quest costs include nine days of guiding; five homemade dinners, breakfasts, and lunches (except for 3-day solo); lodging pre- and post- solo time; and pre- and post- trip consultation.
We are aware that people have differing economic bases and will consider scholarship or reduced fee upon request.
REGISTRATION: Limited to 12 men and women, age 21 and over. Register through the PeerSpirit office.
Special note to repeat questers: People who have already participated in the Cascadia Quest more than two times may register their interest in returning. They will be contacted after March 15, 2020, if space is available. No deposits necessary.
For photos from previous Cascadia Quests, see our Gallery page.