A DayQuest is particularly helpful if you:

  • Are at a Point of Transition in Life
  • Want a Powerful Way to Explore Particular Issues/Difficulties
  • Are Ready to Slow Down and Come Back to Yourself and What is Important and Meaningful to You

The Day

About one-third of the day is spent in solitude, with the other two-thirds are spent together in council with a small group where we cover a variety of topics including: the teachings of the seasons; ways of seeking guidance, healing and intimacy with Nature; clarification of each individual’s intentions/hopes for the day and help in understanding and applying Nature’s offerings to you during your solo time.

The Four Shields

In our way of seeing things, Nature’s seasons are not just something that happens outside of us but also occur within us. Like Philadelphia, your back yard or the Himalayas, we too are a place impacted by seasonal shifts, rhythms and extremes. By looking at the dynamics of the different seasons of ourselves, or “shields”, we gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our current wellness and balance.

On this particular DayQuest we explore a teaching called “The Four Shields,” taught to us by Steven Foster and Meredith Little, authors of The Book of the Vision Quest and The Four Shields: The Initiatory Seasons of Human Nature. We have made the Four Shields a cornerstone of our programs because it is one of the few systems of understanding people and the world that is thoroughly connected to Nature and which sees all parts of us as “natural.” In this system, no part of human behavior or psychology is judged, excluded or seen as pathological. It is an elegant, intuitive map of human nature that helps people be more self-accepting and self-loving—good medicine for any of us.

In addition to the Four Shields, we will lead you in other ceremonies and practices that will help you step away from your daily distractions and habits, freeing you to turn to Nature with the fears, hopes and needs of your life. Your pace will slow and you’ll reconnect with Nature and with what truly matters to you. Some participants come with the intention of exploring particular life issues or marking a particular life transition. Others come to get back in touch with deeper values and needs, or simply to “get away”.


When: 9am–5:30pm (see Calendar for specific dates)

Where: West Marin county (Directions to be sent)

What: An all-day workshop introducing you to a ceremonial way of walking into Nature. Rediscover what is most important to you and what you need right now to feel more balanced, alive and fulfilled. We’ll use a variety of playful and inspiring activities and spend time both as a group and in solitude. A DayQuest is also a wonderful way to mark a point of change in your life or to seek insight or support with specific questions or difficulties.

PLEASE NOTE: To participate, you need to be able to walk for about 30 minutes, including up and down hills.

What to Bring: We’ll send you a list after you enroll.

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Fee: $175. (Some payment plans & financial aid available. Contact Us for more information.)

Register by Mail: Download a Registration Form, complete it, and send it, along with your deposit or full payment to: Wilderness Reflections, P.O. Box 311, Fairfax, CA 94978.

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