Vision Fast in Nature 2020

The Emergence 2020 Vision Fast in Nature

Guided by Fern Smith and Philip Ralph

7th – 16th August 2020,

Mid Wales, UK       

Are you facing a turning point in your life? Looking for a ritual to mark a beginning? An ending? A transition from one life-stage to another? Wanting to undergo a rite of passage?

2020 Vision Fast in Nature is a powerful nature-based ceremony designed to support you to become the person you were born to be. It is an opportunity to listen to the still small voice deep inside, calling you into your next state of becoming.

Vision Fast in Nature is a time of being alone, opening yourself to the potency of the living world, communing with the elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit. It is a time of emptying and surrendering to unknowing, whilst simultaneously opening up to the future realms of potential and possibility. This is a powerful initiatory ceremony which can be undertaken for any reason and at any time of life. At the heart of this ceremony is a four day and night solo fast.

2020 Vision Fast in Nature takes place in the beautiful landscape of mid Wales andis based on the teachings of the ‘Four Shields’ a pan-cultural ceremony involving ancient and modern teaching developed by the School of Lost Borders in California.

Guided by Fern Smith & Philip Ralph

Fern Smith

Fern is an artist and wilderness guide, trained at the School of Lost Borders in California. She first Quested with David Wendl Berry in 2011. Since then she has been bringing earth based practices and the Four Shields consciously into her work. Her background is as a theatre practitioner and co-founder of  Volcano Theatre. She developed Emergence in 2010, creating spaces for transformation, nature connection and dialogue. She is an associate of the Annwn Foundation, craniosacral therapist, celebrant and coach.

Philip Ralph

Phil is co-director of Emergence and, for the past five years, has been training alongside Margaret Wheatley on her Warriors for the Human Spirit programme. He has studied Way of Council, undertaken Vision Quest and also assisted Pippa Bondy of Ancient Healing Ways. Phil is also an award-winning writer and performer.


We ask for £700 from each initiate. A £200 non-returnable deposit secures your place. Payment includes our teaching fee as guides, land charges for solo time, and for food. Payment can be made in instalments. 2020 Vision Fast in Nature is limited to a small group of 6 – 8 initiates. If this fee is prohibitive, we invite you to speak to us and we can discuss a mutually workable arrangement.

Fasting & Medical Issues

If medical issues preclude you from fasting this is not an obstacle to participation.

For more information and/or a conversation, contact Fern Smith & Philip Ralph on:

Fern 07528 527836,

Phil 07791 975820, or

Emergence supports transformational spaces for dialogue and inner, outer and nature connection.