Vision Fast – Summer 2024 (June 8th-16th) and Fall (October 5th-13th)

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Vision Fast at Narrow Ridge…a guided experience for persons seeking clarity and peace about life directions centered around three days and nights of solitary fasting in a mountain wilderness setting.

Claim your spot for the Summer 2024 Vision Fast program! Join our waitlist. Limited spaces available. Registration Deadline: September 1st

Participants in this program will experience two and a half days of preparation and training, three days and three nights of fasting alone on a mountain near Narrow Ridge Center, and two and a half days of processing including a sweat lodge ceremony.  Past participants have reported significant increases in clarity about life directions, decisions, and purpose, in addition to finding the experience profoundly restorative in terms of feelings of health and well-being.  Wilderness Fasts have been part of the rites of passage of many different cultures since time immemorial. 

Principle Summer VF leaders will be Bill Nickle and Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener. Bill Nickle is founder of Narrow Ridge and 23-year vision fast guide.  Mitzi is Director of Narrow Ridge and has served as VF guide since 2006. She trained under Bill’s mentoring and has received additional training through the School of Lost Borders (SLB). 

SLB pioneered non-Native American led wilderness fasts in the United States.

During and after the VF, participants will stay at Strawbale Lodge on the grounds of Narrow Ridge, an eco-friendly facility constructed of sustainable building materials and utilizing solar power, composting toilets, and an on-demand water heater.  Vegetarian and organic food is provided in a supportive group living and learning environment.    

Individuals and couples are invited to apply.  Cost is $750 per person or $1350 per couple.  Need-based scholarship assistance is available.  Previous camping experience is not required.  Participants must submit a statement of personal intent explaining her/his interest in experiencing a VF.  Those accepted must file a medical statement certifying they are in sufficiently good health given the physical demands of mountain hiking with a heavy pack, camping, and fasting; and be willing to sign a liability waiver accepting the inherent safety risks of a VF including spending time alone in a wilderness setting.  Participants should prepare for the VF over the weeks preceding the experience by following a suggested regime of reading, journaling, short-term fasting, and walking.

To apply or for more information, contact Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener at 865-497-2753 or by email at community@narrowridge.orgDeadline for registration is May 1st for the Summer 2024 Vision Fast. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your place in the Vision Fast. Balance of tuition is due by the registration deadline and is fully refundable up until this date. Cancellations thereafter will result in 1/2 tuition reimbursement. If you are interested in applying after the above deadlines, please contact us to see if there are available spaces. Don’t let anything hold you back from participating! Ask about our loan and scholarship programs.

More details will be released soon. Hope you can join us! 

For more information call 865-497-2753 or email