Location: L'arc En Ciel, Sutton, Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada

August 9-19, 2019

The location of August 2019 Vision Quest/Sacred Land Practice is in the heart of the beautiful Eastern Townships of the province of Quebec, Canada. The landscape is conducive to going deeply inward surrounded by forests and abundant wild life, sitting beside a stream listening to the voice of the waters or being in a forest surrounded by the elementals of the land. The land emanates a powerful magnetic force supported by the Devic Kingdom. First Nations People, the Abenaki (People of the Dawn) are the ancestral spirit keepers of the land. Their presence and guidance is keenly felt in this pristine boreal forest. This Vision Quest is held in the ancient ways of our ancestors as taught to Dr. Jane Ely from childhood. It is a traditional ceremony.

The ceremony begins Friday, August, 9th at 4 pm. and concludes on Mon., August 19th in the early afternoon. We will hold council circles and preparation classes August 9th, 10th, and 11th in support of going out on a traditional four-day prayer and fasting time. The actual ceremony of sacred silence, listening, visioning and prayer starts at sunrise, August 12th and concludes at dawn return on Friday August 16th; followed by three days of incorporating your experience through silence, council practice and additional ceremony along with teachings for integration and incorporation into your life. We conclude the entire ceremony on August 19th. Do not make travel arrangements until August 20th.

When considering participating in a Vision Quest, it is important to feel the pull from within. There is a longing to drop the burdens of the outer world, to sit in sacred ceremony, asking Spirit’s support and help. You will notice a deep inner need arising, perhaps a sense that your life is at a pivotal point or that you are seeking guidance to deepen your life experience. Preparation for the ceremony begins the moment you speak with Jane and commit to the practice. We council for up to 9 months prior to and, post Vision Quest for 4 months to support you integrating your ceremony. This is an in-depth traditional indigenous ceremony rarely offered and the level of commitment is unique for both the participant as well as the Vision Quest Elders.

Meet The Ceremonial Elders

Jane Ely

Jane Ely, D. Min. is a spiritual teacher receiving training in energy medicine, dream and guided imagery, psychodynamics, peacemaking skills and, skillful means to support personal growth and transformation including counseling skills for being with dying for individuals and families. She is a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science Training, and received her Doctor of Ministry in 2002, UCS Oakland; with additional training in Conflict Partnership with international NGO peacekeeper, Dudley Weeks, Ph. D.; the Upaya Center, Dr. Joan Halifax, Death and Dying Training for professional caregivers; Lomi lomi [Hawaiian healing massage and Ho’oponopono—peacemaking skills] with Dr. Maka’ala Yates.

Rosa Bergola

Rosa is a Holistic Health practitioner and teacher of Energy Medicine and Ecopsychology. She is a graduate of the Natural Health Consultant Institute, The Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and also The Peacemaker School, USA., www.peacemakerschool.org where she earned her minister’s certification in peacemaking. She went on to found The Peacemaker School, Canada in 2004. She has direct experience in Vision Questing as part of her ongoing personal spiritual practice. In 1994, she established a professional practice in Montreal, P. Q., Canada in spiritual counseling, grief work, energy medicine, peacemaking skills, conflict partnership, applied kinesiology, conscious transformational dying and mediation.

Roddey Cohn, D.O.M., Firekeeper

Roddey is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and began her career as a healer studying bodywork and gestalt therapy at Esalen Institute in the early 1980s. She has worked extensively with athletes and was the massage therapist for the Austin Ballet Company in the mid-1990s. She graduated from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin in 1997 with an emphasis on Tai Chi/Chi Gong meditation practices. Roddey has been in private practice for almost 30 years and incorporates custom herbal formulas, Energy work and structural bodywork into her acupuncture practice.

How to Register


Tuition includes pre-ceremony and post-ceremony counseling sessions with Jane Ely,D. Min., Rosa Bergola or Roddey Cohn, the 11 days of ceremony, double room occupancy at L’Arc en Ciel, food and three facilitators. To apply, call Jane Ely, D. Min., at (505) 470-5577 (USA and Canada) for details of the ceremonial sacred land practices. Registration is open now and will close February 15, 2019. Tuition is $3,100.00. Registration confirmation fee of $1,500.00 is non-refundable. The remaining fee of $1,600.00 is due no later than June 1, 2019. Payment plans are available. Credit Cards accepted with additional 3% fee.


For participants coming from the United States or other parts of Canada, fly into Montreal, Pierre Trudeau Airport, carpool with other participants and drive to the Retreat Center. You will need a valid passport. We will provide you with directions. Plan to arrive at the Retreat Center by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 9th. Participants are encouraged to group together, rent a car and carpool to the Retreat Center. The return to the airport will be late afternoon on August 19th. Plan to stay overnight on August 19th. Make your outbound reservation for return home on August 20th. This applies to all participants—DO NOT FLY OUT ON THE DAY VISION QUEST ENDS.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the highly specific requirements of preparation for the Ceremony, pre and post ceremony counseling with the elders and, accommodations booked in advance, there are no provisions for refunds of any kind. The deposit of $1,500.00 holds your place in the ceremony. June 1st final payment is required.