Be Still. Listen. What in your life is calling you?
 Be Still.       Listen.       What in your life is calling you?
Soaring by Jeannie Lindheim

Central Vermont Community Quests



The Central Vermont Community Quest, including a solo fast, is created and guided for and by others in the community.  Our vision is a web of people who are committed:

  • to their own spiritual growth and development including bringing their gifts to the community;
  • to the spiritual growth and development of the growing Circle of those who are have quested;
  • to creating and offering the ceremony for women who come in the future;
  • to the care of land on which we all live.


There is a requested donation to help cover expenses.  Guides are not compensated for their time in any aspect of offering the quest.  


Adults join the Circle by invitation from someone who has quested in the group.  The Circle is called each year in the fall.  Preparation begins in January, the solo fast is in early spring.  Each Quest culminates with a Return Ceremony held by those who have quested before in the Community Circle,  community Elders, family, and friends.


There are two Circles, one for people who identify as women and one for people who identify as men.  


Contacts for information: 


Kelly OHearn for Women's Quest

Jason Mallery for the Men's Quest 



Other Community Programs in 2020 

Contact Fran Weinbaum at 


Introduction to the Mirror of Nature    A 2-3  hour program that invites participants into the basics of the work we call the quest.  Spring 2020 
The Mirror of Nature:  Being Elder     An afternoon program that invites Elders in our community to come together in a sharing Circle to speak to how their own Elder years, their visions, their questions, their process of being Elder.  Summer 2020






2020 - 2021

Mirror of Nature Programs 


Find details on the Program Page


The Embrace of Nature 


October 24 and 31, 10 AM - 12 Noon Eastern with preparation and follow up.  See Details under Programs.  


By Still Water   Cancelled.  Will schedule for Fall 2021 See description under programs.  With Fran Weinbaum   


Journeying with the Seasons  Four weekends throughout the year exploring ourselves in the mirror of each season.  We are revising this program to offer it virtually.  An informational meeting will be held in January 2021 and the program will begin in Spring 2021


Rooted Action 


Virtual Program Winter 2021

In Person  Summer 2021 




Contact Us

For information and to register for any Vermont Wilderness Rites Programs contact:


Fran Weinbaum

128 Bliss Road

Montpelier, Vermont 05602



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Art Credits


The art work and photographs that appear on this site are copyrighted. Please respect the work and the generosity of the artists and do not copy or reproduce any images on this website.  Contact the artist for more information about purchase or use of their work.  


Photograph in Rooted Action by Zach Reiner found at


Selections from Portraits of Nature by Corinna Stoeffl


Soaring and Leaping Ecstasy are by Jeannie Lindheim


Lady of the Land and Women in Leadership logo drawn for Vermont Wilderness Rites by Sara Grace. 


The Mirror of Nature watermark photograph by Tomasen Weinbaum.


Photographs shown in the Gallery from the October 2012 quest on Green River Reservoir by Arthur Hynes