A yurt on Alpe Meccia allows us to run the ancient initiation ritual of vision quest with young people. This gives us a safe and beautiful space to accompany, honor and celebrate the journey of these young people into a vibrant and connected life.
The Alpe Meccia is our vision quest site at 1800m above sea level, above Macugnaga in Nothern
Italy. The site has been used by our teachers and elders from Creavista, Shanti Petschel and Helen Schulz,
for vision quests for 25 years.
Why a yurt
Since 2020 we have been guiding vision quests in the new team, especially for young people. We are now
staying on this wild place high in the mountains for the whole three weeks of the seminar. In the storytelling time, the parents come along, so that our group grows to over 30 people. In order to have a suitable and save space for the circles and the detachment ceremonies in future vision quests, we want to bring a yurt to the place in spring 2021.
For quests with 10 young people and their parents, the small, dilapidated stone hut, that last year served us
as a kitchen, dining room and ritual room in one, is no longer sufficiant on its own.
Preserve the existing huts
In addition, we want to keep the huts that are still intact and protect them from further damage with
tarpaulins for the time being. In this way, these over 200-year-old huts can be preserved and can offer
protection to people looking for visions in this wild and living landscape for a long time.
Basic Infrastructure for vision quests on Monte Tör
For smaller groups at a closer, milder site in Ticino, Switzerland, we need a flexible group tent and a fire tent. This way we, or other vision quest guides, can offer vision quests already in spring and our work can be made accessible to even more people.
What is a vision quest?
Vision quest is an initiation ritual based on ancient traditions and now adapted to our society. In the middle part, the “questers” spend four days and nights alone, fasting and with minimal equipment at a place of their own choice in the wild mountain landscape. For this, they are intensely prepared both internally and externally during the four preparation days. After the solo time, the stories of their solo time are shared and appreciated. In the vision quest for young people, parents are also invited and a special ritual of detachment takes place. This supports both the young person and the parents to go freely and powerfully into the new phase of life.
More about this you can find on our websites.
What is the funded money used for?
With the help of our friends from the yurt village we buy the material for a 7m yurt. We can make the scissors grids and roof poles ourselves. So we come to 8500 Euro for the yurt.
During the one-week work camp in June, we level out the space for the yurt on Alpe Meccia and carry out repair work on the stone huts: 2500 Euro.
Then the yurt has to be transported to Italy and by helicopter to the alp: 1000 Euro
If we collect more than 12’000 Euro, we can also buy:
- Additional tarpaulins for the repair of the alpine huts
- A group tent and a fire tent for vision quests at our other vision quest site in Ticino.
For this we would need another 5000 Euro.
If the funding target is not achieved, we we’ll work with the money we got. This means that we may leave off less important work. In any case, we will buy the yurt and, if necessary, co-finance it with our income in the coming years. So the money flows into the purchase of the yurt and the maintenance of the site regardless of the amount of the financial goal achieved.
For the expenses for the crowdfunding and the rewards we calculate about 15%. All further collected money we use for establishing and maintenance of the vision quest sites on the Alpe Meccia in Italy and the Monte Tör in Ticino, CH. These sites are used by us and other people for vision quests and similar ventures.
Why is the project an EcoCrowd project?
The initiation ritual of the vision quest is an ancient tradition and at the same time highly topical. The step into living, self-determined and responsible adulthood has not been duly appreciated and celebrated in our culture for a long time. The intensive encounter with oneself, nature, the community and life itself supports young and adult people to unfold their strength, beauty and love for themselves and the earth.
That is why for us, vision quest is supremely sustainable nature conservation. It is our contribution to a future in which people are mindful and respectful of themselves, other people and all life. Human beings that have experienced this deep connection to nature and our planet will be dealing more conciously ond sustainably with natural ressources in their everyday life.
During our time on the mountain we live a very simple life. No electricity besides the solar charger, cooking on the fire and showering, surely without soap, in the nearby stream. We eat mostly vegan food from local and organic sources. As most of the participants are traveling with public transport, our ecological footprint during this time is minimal.
Evidently, we interact very conciously with the untouched nature of the area. Thus, our impact on the local wildlife, the water and the land in total is very small. Furthermore, our maintainance work on the stone huts helps to precerve this old cultural heritage.
The yurt is produced locally out of natural materials. It is put up only for a few weeks every summer. Thus, its impact on the land is minimal and it will last vor many decades.
Tell us something about yourself.
We, Andreas Föhr, Martin Fuchs and Vera Jeanne Caspar are the guiding team of the vision quest for young people. Together with our teachers and elders of Creavista, Helen Schulz and Shanti Petschel, we create the initiation ritual of the vision quest according to old tradition and yet also always new and adapted to the current society. It is close to our hearts that young and adult people can unfold and contribute their power, their beauty and their love for themselves and for the earth. For a future in which people live in harmony with the earth and all its creatures.
More information about us and vision quests you’ll find on our websites:
Andreas Föhr: www.andreas-foehr.ch
Vera Jeanne Caspar: www.naturgrund.ch
Martin Fuchs: www.freieerde.ch
Shanti Petschel & Helen Schulz: www.creavista.org
We animate the future, because ...
only free and connected people serve life.
Aktualisierung #4: Jurte für Visionssuchen auf der Alpe Meccia2021-04-13
Das Workcamp war eine wundervolle Zeit in den Bergen und auch wirklich ein Work-Camp. Es gab richtig viel zu tun! Und wir haben alles wichtige geschafft!
Danke allen Helfern für euer tatkräfiges Anpacken!!
Besonders der nun ebene Jurtenplatz erfüllt uns mit Freude und Stolz. Einige zentnerschwere Steinbrocken mussten verschoben und über 50m2 Grassoden entfernt und wieder verlegt werden.
Auch die neue Aussenküche lässt sich sehen und ist richtig praktisch!
Ausserdem haben wir die Steindächer ausgemessen und robuste Lastwagenplanen bestellt, um die uralten Steinhäuser längerfristig vor dem Zerfall zu retten.
Mehr Fotos zum workcamp hier: https://www.naturgrund.ch/2021/06/17/workcamp-danke/Aktualisierung #3: Jurte für Visionssuchen auf der Alpe Meccia2021-04-13