Earth Initiation

A wilderness Rite of Passage

"The greater part of the soul
lies outside the body"
James Hillman

Earth Initiation


A wilderness Rite of Passage

"The greater part of the soul
lies outside the body"
James Hillman

Earth Initiation

A wilderness Rite of Passage

Our Belonging

We used to ‘know’ our belonging in our bones. As a culture we have grown away from intimacy with the more-than-human world, yet it waits for us.

This initiatory journey is an invitation to remember what we deeply belong to, what we have always belonged to.

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A Initatory Journey

For much of our story as a people the wider natural world has long been respected as a necessary partner in initiatory journeys or rites of passage. The land offers itself as mirror, as ally, as fertile container in which to draw close to the roots of our life, to what is important and what so easily can be forgotten in the fullness of contemporary life.


This journey will be divided into the three classic phases of a passage rite:
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I - Preparation
The first days serve as our preparation as we come together as a community to clarify our intentions. Here we listen to each other’s stories of where we find ourselves in life and what brings us here. Specifically, we explore in some depth our intention for this passage rite, what is it in our life that is asking to be honoured or marked through an initiatory journey?
II - Threshold in Nature

The threshold phase will be a traditional four day and night fast. Each person goes alone into the wilderness (with the support of guides at base camp), without food and minimal external trappings. The threshold time allows for one’s intention to be revealed and to be unfolded in the mirror of Nature. It is a time for self-generated ceremony, for becoming intimately receptive to one’s life and for experiencing both the challenge and the beauty of taking our place amongst our relations as a simple human animal on this Earth.

III - Incorporation
The final days are devoted to incorporation. We share the stories of our threshold time and explore its gifts and implications for the life we return to. We sit in ‘story council’, sharing our stories and having them mirrored back to us by the community, offering the opportunity to see our individual narrative in a wider context. This can be one of the most touching and heartfeltaspects of our time together: being witnessed and affirmed by those who we have come to know intimately.

Fotos & Testimonios
del último Retiro Vision Quest

Fotos & Testimonios
del último Retiro Vision Quest



MAY 2020:
  • Retreat in English - From May 06 to 17 (12 days with 4 days of 'solo' in Nature. Group of maximum 12-14 people)


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¿Te interesa poder participar en un Vision Quest pero no te van bien las fechas? Apúntate aquí y te mantendremos informado:
Voudriez-vous faire une quête de vision en français et ces dates ne vous conviennent pas?

Alojamiento e Inscripciones

Retiro SEPTIEMBRE - El alojamiento será en habitaciones compartidas. Las comidas están incluidas (comida vegetariana).

Aportación para todo el retiro: 
  • 320€ para inscripciones hechas antes del 15/07 (15% dto).
  • 350€ para inscripciones hechas antes del 30/07 (8% dto).
  • 380€ para inscripciones hechas antes del 15/08 (0% dto).
  • El 15/08 se cierran las inscripciones

Alojamiento e Inscripciones

Retiro SEPTIEMBRE - El alojamiento será en habitaciones compartidas. Las comidas están incluidas (comida vegetariana).

Aportación para todo el retiro: 380€ para inscripciones hechas antes del 15/08. El 15/08 se cierran las inscripciones.


Suggested contribution for all the retreat (teachings + accomodation + tasty vegetarian meals), depending on your posibilities and generosity, is:
  • if you enroll before April 5th: between 700€ and 850€1
  • if you enroll before May 5th: between 750€ and 850€1

We want to support economic relationships which contribute towards a culture of sharing, an economy rooted in generosity. Transalquimia has created a sliding scale for some of its retreats in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. The suggested donations2 reflect the basic income required to make the events viable. We set forth no criteria and trust that each participant will donate what he/she feel is appropriate.

2All financial contributions you make are donations, that enable Transalquimia project to fulfill its non-profit aims which is to support individual and collective transformation, in service of reconnecting human beings to Nature and to the wider Earth community, and supporting the protection of life on Earth.


  • 6th - evening arrival
  • 7-8-9th - preparation & intents
  • 10-11-12-13th – Fast & Solo time
  • 14th – Back to basecamp + Story Council
  • 15-16th – Story Council + Incorporation
  • 17th – Departure


  • In the mountains of Les Guilleries, Girona.
    • 105Km from Barcelona, Spain.
    • 55Km from Girona, Spain.

Some Pics of Fasts in Les Guilleries, Montsant & Pyrenees mountains

Do you want to be part of this group?
Ask us for more info:

Your Guides

Rupert Marques has worked within the field of experiential environmental education for the past fifteen years with an emphasis in outdoor education. He trained extensively and subsequently worked as a guide with the School of Lost borders in the U.S. offering contemporary wilderness rites of passage. From 2016-2019 Rupert lived and worked at Ecodharma, a contemplative retreat community in the Spanish Pyrenees dedicated to supporting social justice and ecological sustainability. At Ecodharma Rupert directed the Nature based Practice strand of work, marrying contemplative practice with a range of approaches within the field of experiential ecopsychology.
Diana Bacanu is a nature based guide and a bioenergetics therapist. As a co-founder of, Diana leads retreats and courses supporting people to reconnect to themselves (body-mind-soul), to others and to Nature, as a way of remembering their true nature and their deeper belonging.  Diana has trained as a guide with the School of Lost Borders in the U.S. on contemporary wilderness rites of passage and she offers deep ecology retreats, inspired by Joanna Macy’s “work that reconnects” as well as mindfulness courses and retreats. She facilitates Vision Quest retreats in Spanish, French and English.

Steve Jarvis has cultivated a depth of connection with wild nature through many years living a simple, low impact life close to the land. Equally, he brings a passion for exploring the inner wild landscapes of our psyche. Steve has studied outdoor education and guided youth in nature experiences, as well as being a canoe guide on extended journeys in the wilds. Himself a father of three, Steve currently facilitates work mentoring fathers and sons, offering guidance on the pivotal passage rite through adolescence into adulthood.

Xavier Compte is a co-founder of, an organisation where he supports different groups in deepening both the interconnection with Nature, and a better understanding of our personal, interpersonal and transpersonal qualities. He trained with the School of Lost Borders in the U.S. on contemporary wilderness Rites of Passage, and currently offers Vision Quest retreats in SpanishFrench and English in the Guilleries mountains in Spain, where he lives. Certified in Shinrin-Yoku, Xavi guides groups on forest bathing journeys.

Guías del Retiro

Diana de Transalquimia
Xavier de Transalquimia

Diana y Xavi son co-fundadores de Transalquimia y son Guías en Ritos de Paso / Vision Quest, formadores en Ecología Profunda y terapeutas en Bioenergética.

Other elements we will explore

rites of passage
Other elements we will explore in support of our time together will include:

• The practice of ‘Council
• Shaping and honing of ‘intent’ as a foundation for threshold experiences
• Exploring the role of contemporary wilderness rites of passage or initiatory journeys in our times, including the challenges to this.
The four Shields of Human Nature – An Ecopsychologial model of human development.
• The nature of self-generated ceremony and the role of threshold crossing.
• Experientially exploring Nature as mirror and guide
• The role and art of Mirroring for empowerment and community witnessing.
Physical safety during the Threshold time

Cruzar la Frontera. Cruzar un Portal

Cruzar las Fronteras...
La Búsqueda de Visión moderna es una práctica de cruzar fronteras. Cuando una persona cruza un portal y hace el primer paso en un desierto, en un espacio desconocido, las fronteras empiezan a desaparecer y su Visión empieza a expandirse.
...con Sentido Profundo...
Cruzando este portal, 'solo' en la Naturaleza salvaje, todo empezará a cobrar un Sentido Profundo. La Naturaleza empezará a hablarnos con la voz de las Rocas, los Árboles, el Viento...
...en un Rito de Paso
Siguiendo las antiguas tradiciones de ritos de paso, caminaremos hacia nuestra verdadera Naturaleza y recordaremos nuestra casa en el medio del bosque. Nos volveremos aquellos seres que hemos venido a ser.

Interested to participate...

If you need more information about Vision Quest retreats,
you can contact us by mail.

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