The Truth About Living A Spiritual Life + Vision Quests | Mark Tollefson

“You have to become aware of who you are as a human being. We depend on other people to tell us who we are, we're not confident in ourselves to say: I can know myself, I don't believe this to be true.” – Mark Tollefson

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 521

Mark Tollefson, a mentor and vision quest leader, guiding people through rites of passage into their most authentic selves, joins Josh Trent for the first time on the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast to share his journey back to nature and spirituality, and the lessons he learned throughout his life about happiness, wisdom, and wellness.

What does it mean to live a spiritual life?

In this episode, Mark and Josh discuss the purpose of vision quests and how the modern vision quest has adapted to our society, why living the “right way” won't bring you happiness, and what it means to love without control.

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Listen To Episode 521 As Mark Tollefson Uncovers:

[01:30] Celebration Of Men's Spiritual Awakening

[19:30] Embarking On A Quest

  • The reason why quest participants become a family after only 3 days.
  • Why we should fall in love with people every day and why we don't anymore.
  • The different levels of intensity, mythologies, and types of quests.
  • Why we have to allow ourselves to be claimed by nature.
  • What it means to live a spiritual life and why people spiritually bypass.
  • The importance of knowing who you are as a human being and the consequences of lying to yourself.

[34:10] Searching For Answers Within Us

[52:40] Self Introspection

[01:18:10] Healing Generational + Collective Trauma

[01:35:50] Love Without Control

  • Why Mike finds commitment to change to be a crucial step in growth.
  • What loving without control looks like.
  • Why expectations kill relationships.
  • How we are conditioned to love with control and how ceremony can help remove this conditioning if we commit to healing.
  • Why we have to build our connection to nature and spirit.
  • How we can find the capacity in ourselves and others to awaken.
  • The prophecy of the elders.

[01:54:00] Transforming Our Emotions

Power Quotes From The Show

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The Wisdom Of Elders

“Elders are crystal clear about who they are as human beings. They know their foibles, they know about anger, sadness, fear, joy, and they're able to feel and express those fully and completely in their day-to-day lives.” – Mark Tollefson

The Land Will Claim Us

“The land speaks. When we are born of this land, the lands will claim us. When we come here and make this land our home, the land will claim us. When we come here and sleep under these mountains, the land will claim us.” – Mark Tollefson

Building The Connection

“What we have to do with ourselves and our relationships is to be building our connection to nature and spirit as fast as the constructs of technology are being built around us.” – Mark Tollefson



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About Mark Tollefson

The Truth About Living A Spiritual Life + Vision Quests | Mark Tollefson

Mark Tollefson has been teaching nature-based connection and facilitating transformation for 30 years. From a young age mentored by people intimately connected to their lineage and nature-based roots, he brings rich life experience and wisdom to his work.

Mark has been a survival skills instructor at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, and the executive director of Wilderness Youth Project and the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Santa Barbara.

He has owned a pub and restaurant, worked as a roughneck in the oil fields, helped open an international high school in New Zealand, and founded his own non-profit working to promote sustainable farming with the Maya of southern Belize.

He has participated in and started many men’s groups and has sat in a circle with men for many years.

He has guided hundreds of people through rites of passage into holistic living and thinking, helping those he works with to step into a new paradigm of being that is based on Thriving Life, connected to our true purpose for being alive at this time.


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About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, daughter Nayah + a cat named Cleo. He is the host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath + Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 20+ years as a trainer, researcher + facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. Helping humans LIBERATE their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual + financial self through podcasts, programs + global community that believe in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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