Earth Solo Experience
a vision quest

We do not go into the desert to escape people but to learn how to find them: we do not leave them in order to have nothing more to do with them, but to find out the way to do them the most good.  –  Thomas Merton

A Guided Experience of Solitude and Fasting in the Lap of the Earth
August 21-25 in the woods of Monroe, Maine

The Earth Solo Experience offers a rare opportunity to step out of the smother of civilization and its habits and to sit on the earth alone in our own raw confrontation with self and with the natural elements.  There is a unique liberation to be found there.  It is also an empowerment and a blessing to have the support of the community heart, and to have someone tend the ritual fires in remembrance of us, as we travel on our most personal journey. The Earth Solo Experience is a conscientious, well-kept and supportive cauldron or container for the testing that each of us naturally goes through.  It welcomes us to set out, and it welcomes us to remain true.  Then it welcomes us back.

There is a long tradition of individuals going off to be alone in the wilderness to pray and fast, and to open humbly to messages and insight from the Creative Source.  The guiding wisdom of our life is available to each of us if we are willing to pause and take an honest look inside. And when we get still enough and quiet enough it is possible to see and hear something new – to get a hint of a possible direction, to access hidden strength and courage, to awaken and reclaim forgotten pieces of ourselves. Whatever is revealed, whatever impulse for action received, is offered in service to the People, in service to Life.  The Earth Solo Experience, facilitated by Joseph Rubano, is connected to that tradition.

We are a living part of earth, wind, and sky. We have a deep kinship with the trees and grasses and the living waters. We are connected to the mysterious movements of all animal life. We may rediscover this relationship as we slip out of our daily routines and distractions, opening to an unknown space, entering into the natural world and letting the natural world enter into us.  For many it is an experience of coming home.

Joseph Rubano, who began studying with native elders in 1979, has been leading stone lodges and solo retreat and fasting experiences for many years.  He is a master of helping to make this an enriching experience from the initial orientation and send-off to the 3-day and 3-night solo experience, and through the final welcoming-back ceremony and meal. Contact us if you’d like more information about Joseph.

Total cost: $435.00. (Some may elect to start a day later for a shorter 2-day and 2-night solo retreat, which will cost $375.)  If you think you may be interested, or have questions about the details, please contact us as soon as possible:  207-288-4128 or Joseph Rubano, who began studying with native elders in 1979, has been leading stone lodges and solo retreat and fasting experiences for many years. He is a master of helping to make this an enriching experience from the initial orientation and send-off to the 3-day and 3-night solo experience, and through the final welcoming-back ceremony and meal. Contact us if you’d like more information about Joseph.

Total cost: $435.00. (Some may elect to start a day later for a shorter 2-day and 2-night solo retreat, which will cost $375.) If you think you may be interested, or have questions about the details, please contact us as soon as possible: 207-288-4128 or info@thewholehealthcenter.org.

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