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Animas Valley Institute Quest

This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is a dynamic wilderness rite for men and women seeking greater depth and clarity about life purpose and meaning. As a rite of initiation, the quest is a ceremonial descent to the underworld, in which you die to your familiar way of belonging to the world, uncover the passion and wisdom of your soul, and retrieve the gift that is yours alone to bring to the world, enhancing personal fulfillment and genuine service.

The Animas Quest catalyzes the encounter with soul by temporarily displacing everyday consciousness through five primary means: (1) solitude for three or four days and nights while (2) fasting (i.e., drinking water only), (3) being fully exposed to and enfolded within the forms and forces of nature, (4) enacting a series of ceremonies, and (5) employing a set of practices (soulcraft) that support you in crossing into the mysteries of nature and psyche.



Rebecca Wildbear


Rebecca is a soul guide and lover of the wild.  She compassionately assists people in listening to the mysteries that live both within their own being and within the animate natural world.  Rebecca guides others in opening up their sensory bodies, engaging their dreamworld, and accessing their deep imagination.  She delights in tracking the underground streams of the greater human stories.  She gently ushers people into surrendering to their soul’s deepest longing.  Formerly a therapist and wilderness guide for 17 years, she focuses her private practice on supporting individuals as they discover and manifest their soul gifts.  Rebecca utilizes her training and experience with yoga, Hakomi, and somatic psychotherapy in her work.  She leads Animas programs and is on the faculty of Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.  She is also the creator of Wild Yoga, a sacred way of breathing and moving, aligned with one’s soul and the beauty and rhythm of the evolving Earth.

Brian Stafford

Brian is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul. He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation. He guides with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should, and was meant to be.

A native of Colorado and the former holder of an endowed chair and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, he is an avid outdoorsman, teacher, writer, mentor, partner, and parent.

He guides individuals and groups in the Colorado River Basin as well Nosara, Costa Rica, to the place they most long and fear to go - the numinous depths of their soul.

Brian currently makes his home in Ojai, California.


$1925 - $2685

For more details about the quest, head over to Animas Valley Institute

Earlier Event: July 7
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Later Event: September 2
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