and nature said:
"meet me, and you will meet yourself"
Welcome to the website of Kaluma, another home to the Vision Quest and more. The creation of the name Kaluma is a combination of Kali, Lua and Maeve. This website will provide information about the Vision Quest (what, how, where, when).
As well as other activities, way of working, writings, agenda and background. All practices have the aim to come together and reconnect with ourselves, each other and our nature.
For mobile users: Please find the website available in Dutch (Nederlands) on the desktop version. As well as additional texts on rites of passages.
K A L U M A
A Vision Quest is a rite of passage, a ritual of transition, a death and rebirth. This happens by going out into the nature on your own for a duration of three or four days and nights. With little comforts of the profane world. Without food, tent, phone or any other object that could dim boredom or loneliness.
And instead aiming to be “empty", decided to birth yourself.
Has time come to reclaim yourself?
To step into the new and to stand up?
I welcome you
"Summer has fled.
Now the leaves are changing into the bright colors of fall.
Obeying an inner longing that cannot be denied,
the protagonist leaves the rest of the world behind
and crawls into a dark, secret place in the earth
to die and be reborn.
She fills the emptiness of this small place with her body,
as the dry hulk of a seed surrounds the precious spirit within.
She covers herself with night
and allows the silence to posses the earthen bones.
In the womb-tomb of the Great Mother, time is called "wait".
Sound is called breath, or heartbeat.
Vision is a dark screen illumined by whatever the protagonist dreams or paints there.
With nothing to eat, drink, or do, she pays close attention to her inner darkness.
Her dry mouth fills with cotton; her belly cries for food;
her body gets so cramped and pained that she almost has to forget its existence.
She cannot endure this dark passage of waiting
without learning the secrets of surrender.
When the yielding comes,
the dry husk of her spirit seed splits apart.
She is no longer a prisoner of herself or her circumstances.
Her spirit breaks forth from its bed.
The dying place is opened.
Dawn floods the emptiness of the earthen womb.
Where is the initiate? She is not here.
She is risen newborn into the world."
(The roaring of the sacred river,
the wilderness quest for
vision and self-healing, 1997)
We are nature. It reflects our story, our legend, once we have learned to truly listen.
I am always amazed when someone throws a piece of garbage in the forest. It looks similar to when I would feed myself with plastic. Because I believe nature is a living entity, with a hyper-intelligent consciousness. Mother Earth, the all-forgiving spirit. And she is us.
In the reconnection with nature I found understanding, liberation and embodiment of myself. It has many stories to tell, yearning for us to be heard. Here is our reflection: we are yearning to find our nature.
It is exactly this yearning that let me create Kaluma. Kaluma serves as a guide to dedicatedly tune into nature, into each other and understand the language of something bigger than us. The magic of the forest and mountain awaits us. And as so beautifully put:
'As within, so without. As above, so below (Hermes Trismegistus).'
''My experience with the VQ guided by Inez was absolutely wonderful. Not because it was all smiles, but because she is a heartwarming, pure person with a good sense of what is needed along this journey. She knows how to create intimacy and safety within the group, so all feel free to let out whatever needs to surface. And within the schedule/program there is enough free space to explore on your own or whit others. And to accomodate all of this, the setting is in a beautiful valley where you can be one with nature. No distractons. It has helped me to establish a stronger and deeper bond with myself, my true nature, the one that I am, as I am! Anyone being called for a VQ, I can highly recommend to join with Inez for this wonderful experience. She will be your perfect guide and host.''
''HEARTily recomended!! Life balancing experience! Thanks again Inez for facilitating my Vision Quest last month! "Reclaim your Essence" ... That's exactly what happens in this unique ritual in close contact with Nature, supported by Inez as an engaged and connected guide!''
''The Vision Quest was a beautiful inner journey and provided a renewed connection to nature. The program was perfectly aligned with the steps that I had to make in my life. It took place in a beautiful place, in wild nature, fantastic. Inez as a guide is very loving and very thorough.
This journey provided me clarity and brought me closer to my own true nature. During my time of solitude I felt mentally stronger than ever.
It felt as though old and new were being connected within me. I feel very grateful.''
''It was a wonderful experience! Inez is a beautiful soul, facilitating in her own way through soft and nurturing energy. She strives for quality! And the place, ohhh, what a magical place. Dear Inez, thank you for the process.''
''From the start Inez took me on a wonderful 'ride' through the ritual. Her guidance was great and done in peace, space, integrity, inspiration and love. I experienced the Vision Quest as an amazing journey inwards. Taking place in a delicately chosen spot in a warm bedding in a beautiful valley. My days of solitude were magical. All elements were present around me. The great teacher nature showed itself and guided me to my deepest self.''
''There are no words to express how grateful I am for joining in the Vision Quest. I still can not comprehend its powerful healing effects that it had on me. Connection with nature, solitude, fast and strong intention to heal and leave the past behind seem to be ingredients of it. There is time before the rite of passage and after. Before I was depressed for years, waiting to start living and rejecting the present moment causing myself suffering. Now, I am not waiting anymore, no more rejection of what is. I am fully engaged with my life, and my suffering is a matter of the past. There has happened a complete shift of paradigm. Time spent in the solitude during the retreat provided to me space where the healing could happened. The true healing does not happen on our conscious level but somewhere deeper. We just need to make space and allow for it to happen. It is hard to find time and comforting space for it to happen in our busy lives in the cities. This is why it is important to change surroundings and reconnect with nature. I can highly recommend the Vision Quest with Inez as it provided the necessary space and guidance to bring me back to life. Thank you Inez. You are an amazing guide. I loved your presence, honesty, ability to switch between guide and friend roles. I also enjoyed your guided meditations and stories you have shared. Keep up the good job! ''
''I am so incredibly grateful for the powerful experience of the Vision Quest guided by Inez. Inez has so much love and wisdom to share. I felt so warmly embraced and supported by her. She really opens up a sacred space where everything is welcome and hold in love. And I feel deeply touched by her authenticity; what an inspirational journey! A big THANK YOU from my heart to my beautiful soul sister Inez!!
And of course, also a big THANK YOU to the beautiful, magical piece of Earth where we went on our healing journeys!''
''Vision Quest, with Kaluma! The most beautiful, magical, challenging, fulfilling, deeply emotional, heart opening, heart warming, soulful experience, shared with and guided by such a truly special soul, the beautiful Inez. I am so grateful for every moment that was shared, the love, laughter, friendship, incredible healing support, the openness, understanding, inspiration, encouragement and so so much more!
It has taken me a few weeks to write this, as it is has taken me this long to begin processing everything that came through, and with the ongoing support I still am. If you have the opportunity to join Kaluma, spending time for you, out in nature, looking inward to yourself, please take it.
Impossible really to put in to words what this time and space can bring to your personal journey, seeing you .
Everything, yet nothing, beyond blessed''
''Life changing. After returning I felt like I have lived my life in 'sleep mode' and I'd finally woken up.
Inez has guided me with so much love, care and purity into the ritual. Being in complete solitude in nature has been liberating, powerful, magical, peaceful and challenging. I've never felt so connected to nature and to myself before. It was a gift for my soul and I benefit from it every single day.''
''This was Exactly what I needed at the right time of my life.What Kaluma provides in the 9 days is very valuable.The entire experience was certainly amazing. The Location is beautiful, the atmosphere of sharing that Inez creates is welcoming and safe. Her pure honesty is liberating.
I'm definitely coming back for the next stage of my life and will recommend passionately to my circle.''