I'm now jewish (though I definitely draw somewhat from things I learned as a pagan, particularly about trancework and journeying, and ritual creation). At the time of my vision quest (1.5 years ago) I identified as judeo-pagan.
I've always wanted to go on a vision quest since about third grade when we did a role play about native americans (I think it was being a general native american, and not actually paying attention to the many different cultures, traditions and more, but I don't recall for sure, I was in third grade). Our group's character rolled a vision quest so we learned about that, and I'd wanted to do one every since.
With recomendations from some people my mom know who had done vision quests, I went on a women's vision quest with a fairly local group called Rites of Passage (though I think they also run vision quests in colorado? Regardless, we had women from as far away as florida and washington state, as well as throughout california), shortly after I graduated high school. ( I highly recomend them, the guides and whole trip were wonderful)
It's interesting, it's hard for me to type about my vision quest, I'm not totally sure what to say. I did tell my vision quest story to several people when I first got back (and of course, shared my vision with my sisters after coming back from my solo), and yet somehow it seems harder to talk about it through typing, and with so much time past.
It was a ten day vision quest, 3 of which were a solo wilderness fast. We picked a site in hiking distance of our basecamp (Several hours drive from a town) in the desert of the inyo mountains, and hiked in with water, a tarp, clothes, journals, and not much more. We placed a rock in an agreed upon spot once a day to let our partners know we were ok, at different times so we didn't see them. While we were on our solo, our guides held space for us. While we were on the rest of our quest, they helped us clarify our purpose, understand our quests by mirroring (saying what they heard us say, which can be incredibly helpful), and helped us prepare to integrate our vision into the rest of the world and our regular lives.
I am so glad that I went on my vision quest, because I got so much out of it. I've been contemplating doing another vision quest, but I worry that I am merely looking to repeat the experience and of course I know that won't work. Among other things, I got from my vision quest 12 sisters who, while I may not be in regular contact, I know if crisis arose, I or they would move hell or high water to help, and my door is always open to them as theirs to me. when we meet again, we instantly fall into place as though we had never been apart. I came from my vision quest with a knowledge that if I could do that, and face that, I could do and face anything. I've forgotten it sometimes, however I always come back to it eventually. I have a deep seated knowledge that anger, depression, hatred, despair, things I've wrestled with in the past, cannot stand in the face of love. does that mean I don't still wrestle with them? of course not. But in my core I know that as long as I love and am loved, I can move through them triumphantly.
I have to say, I highly recommend anyone who is considering a vision quest, to go on a vision quest, with someone as a guide to hold space, but certainly, if you are interested, go for it. I know all of my sisters got at least as much out of their quests as I did, and I keep learning new things from it and them every day.
I'd be happy to answer other questions you have about my experience either here, or in pm.