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Vision Quest - Central Desert Australia

18 April 2019 onwards

The Vision Quest is one of the most powerful and enduring experiences which is available to us in our contemporary society.

It is an opportunity to step outside of all the routines of everyday life and see one’s self and one’s life through a new set of lenses. Drawing upon the ritual and traditions of indigenous cultures from around the world, and framed by the spiritual landscape of Australia, the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society [SOTEMS] takes each participant into the wilderness to encounter the opening of a personal, spiritual pathway, a cleansing and renewal so that each may return regenerated.

There are few opportunities like this within our contemporary society wherein we can step out of everyday life and submit ourselves to a process which clears our horizons. It is a peerless experience.

The Vision Quest involves:

  1. A meditation in nature, alone, within a dreaming wheel
  2. It occurs in a place which speaks to you and you alone
  3. It spans three/five days and three/five nights
  4. It requires the discipline of fasting and diminished sleep
  5. It involves facing the east each morning as the sun crosses the horizon so that Spirit may speak and renew you
  6. You are given songs and meditations which enrich and focus your vigil and search
  7. It begins and ends with the traditional purification of the sweat lodge ceremony
  8. There is the opportunity to share your story and to have your personal needs for integration of the experience met
  9. It is overall, a ceremony of transition and renewal
  10. For one week before the quest proper begins, you will be required to do daily meditations. Once you are registered for the quest, the details of these practices will be supplied to you

Throughout and beyond the vigil, you are supported by highly trained personnel from SOTEMS, the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society. Being a wilderness area we use satellite phones for emergency communication and the safety of our participants which is paramount.

The Vision Quest Leader

Dr. Rafael Locke

Dr. Rafael Locke, the Ceremonial Leader of SOTEMS, who is an initiated shaman and medicine person within Native American Traditions and who has worked with healers and shamans in many cultures. He has been conducting Vision Quests for over 20 years. Dr. Locke will be assisted by trained SOTEMS personnel.

The Location

The Vision Quest for April 2018 or September 2018 will be around the following dates :

  • 1 September - 6 September 2018 (3 day)
  • 1 September - 8 September 2018 (5 day)
  • 18 April - 23 April 2018 (3 day)
  • 18 April - 25 April 2018 (5 day)

(These dates represent the departure and return days from & to Alice Springs.) :

The Vision Quest is held in wilderness areas so that there is no contact with the circumstances of everyday life and immersion in Nature is maximised. The Quest has been run at the Hugh River, an ancient place, the second oldest river in the world with a history of some 3-400 million years. Participants should arrange to travel to Alice Springs where they will be met and transported to the Quest location. It is best to arrive the day before the Quest begins.

Care is taken to select an area, which does not cause any distress for Aboriginal people.

Participants should arrange to travel to Alice Springs where they will be met and transported to the Quest location. Further details will be made available upon registration.


For specific information or to register your interest about the Central Australian Vision Quest

please contact Dr. Rafael Locke 0417-964-777 or email  rafael43@bigpond.com


Participants intending to do the five or ten day quest must first discuss this with Dr. Locke as it takes considerably greater preparation.

The basic VQ involves a 3-day vigil with preparation and debriefing. A 5-day and 10-day option is available also, preferably to experienced VQ persons.


April September SOTEMS Member Public
3 Day 18 - 23 April 1 - 6 September $995 $1195
5 Day 18 - 25 April 1 - 8 September $1195 $1395


All Participants need to be in Alice Springs at least a day before the start of the VQ.


Please download the application form [ VQ Application Form] and the Health Information Form [VQ Health Information Form] and complete them both  and send this together with a deposit of $250 made out to :

  • Dr. Rafael Locke
    Box 525, Freemantle 6959

Upon registration a package of information will be sent which covers:

  1. Preparation for the Quest
  2. What you should bring
  3. Travel and meeting arrangements
  4. Follow up arrangements
  5. A request for information on your personal health status and needs

Additional pictures of the Vision Quest Location

Acknowledgement and respect is given to the traditional owners of this land who provide us with permission to facilitate these quests within this beautiful site.


By being still and reflective,  we develop the ability to tune in to and communicate with the nature that surrounds us


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