Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone

After 4 weeks in the wild Inyo Mountains of Eastern California with 11 other wild souls learning to be guides, I was ready for my 4 day solo.  I would be participant and student, as we had rotating seasoned guides teaching us as we were in the experience.

In a vison fast (quest) you have a “buddy” while on your solo.  They are the one camped closest to you.  One goes to the buddy pile in between the camp sites in the am, one in the pm, to leave a sign that you are ok.

My buddy was a young woman from Vienna (there were only two of us from the US) who had been on 7 fasts.  She always got sick and threw up.  I asked her why she didn’t eat just a little something to prevent that and maybe actually have a more powerful experience.  She thought it would be cheating.

On our second day of a 4 day solo, I left her a power bar at the buddy pile.  She left me a hammock!

I tied it between two pinion trees and lay there swinging all day.  After all, I was the eldest of we 12 initiates!

Women's Vision FastShe told me later that I “saved” her and that she did indeed have a deeper experience without being sick!  I honored my own need of rest in a way that I had not previously allowed.

A few years before I had been on a lengthy quest examining our own physical death.  I was just recovering from Lyme Disease and one of the assistants carried my pack to my solo spot, along with my food because I could not fast at that time.

My takeaway as a student (and again later as an apprentice) was that it is not about hard fast rules or hardship, rather about stretching beyond our own comfort zone.  And sometimes that is allowing ourselves comfort! 

If you are interested in this type of expereince, my co-guide, Karen Good, and I will be guiding a 9 day Women’s Wild Soul Quest.  July 22 – 31, 2021.  Western Colorado.

For further information or to register click here and scroll to the bottom.

Contact:  Karen Good – karengoodaz@yahoo.com – 970-462-6453  or
Carolyn Ringo – carolyn@carolynringo.com – 970-527-3933

We will be delighted to talk to you about possibilities!



Listening to Nature as Self

“I never knew how to truly hear, only sort of listen while planning what I was going to do or say next.”

She was a TALKER.  In circle we sat and patiently took her in, wondering when she would drop in and find herself waiting. 

When she returned from her solo I could see she was changed but habits die hard.  When it was her turn to share her experience (which we give a long time to, but we do time!) she couldn’t seem to find the right words so just kept talking to try to explain how profound it had been.

When her time was up I sat with her story, feeling deeply moved.  Normally my co-guide and I mirror each person’s story to empower it/her as concisely as possible.  I found myself beginning to mirror what I had heard without words. 

She began to weep.  I continued relating her story with my movements as she sobbed.  Words had escaped her. 

In the following days together, she spoke few words, and what she did say was powerful.  She realized at a deep profound level that she was seen and did not need to explain herself to belong and be loved.   On her solo she discovered her true nature as an integral part of Nature.     

She listened out there, she listened in circle, she heard inside.

If you are drawn to an experience alone in Nature, one for which you will be fully prepared, please click here to learn more or to register (scroll to the bottom). To have a conversation with myself or my co-guide, Karen please find us here.