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Immersive Retreat in Flat Rock, NC Next Month

Zen Within Academy and Golden Threads are partnering to host their second annual Thresholds...Walking Towards the Mountain Vision Quest Retreat from October 26 to 29 at Highland Lake Cove, in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The deeply immersive experience, designed to guide participants towards the next stages of their lives, offers a unique blend of ceremonial rites, spiritual teachings and wellness practices that have been a part of native cultures for thousands of years. 

A series of transformative activities based on the five pillars of a vision quest will be experienced including The Calling, helping to explore inner self and motivations for this journey; The Severance, assisting in letting go of old narratives that no longer serve growth; The Threshold, a  connection with nature through a threshold ceremony, silent contemplation and communication with Mother Earth during a six-hour vision quest; The Reincorporation, learning energy medicine and other healing tools; and The Giveaway, a culminating ceremony of giving, signifying readiness for a new beginning.

Retreat leaders are Lea Motlow, a respected Vision Quest Guide, experienced in walking the Medicine Path and her connection to the Apu mountains of Peru and expertise in leading healing circles and rites of passage programs; Katie Sutton, co-founder of Zen Within Academy, a Vibrational Healer and intuitive guide with extensive knowledge in energy medicine from attending the Boulder Psychic Institute, and her innovative 12th Dimensional Healing techniques; and Josh Vogt, a co-founder of the Zen Within Academy, Shamanic Practitioner and musician, integrating his knowledge of Andean Q’eros shamanic healing practices with his passion for music. 

Cost: options start at $880 including lodging, eight meals and all retreat programming. For more information or to register, email 
[email protected] or visit

Zen Within Academy - 7515 Watercrest Road Charlotte NC

Zen Within Academy - 7515 Watercrest Road, Charlotte, NC

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