A Vision Quest is an ancient wilderness tradition that draws on the arc of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, namely separation from community, initiation and return with gift. I experienced this very special opportunity to reflect on my life and my path forward when I was twenty-three and I wanted to Pay it Forward to the students at TSiBA. Therefore, our students’ experience at the university was bookended by time in the wilderness. The nine-day long Rites of Passage programme that we offered the students when they had finished and were on the brink of entering the world of work, included two days and nights of solo time.
Here is Ntombiza Lingani, an alumnus who has become a colleague and dear friend, talking about her wilderness experience: