- "What do you love the most?"
- "What is important to you?"
First, I shared simple facts about Vision Quests, and compared the Vision Quest with our 8th Grade Coming of Agers' who sit for 6 hours on their solo Vision Quest. I told them I would walk around after 2.5 minutes so they would know they were halfway through.
Then, each child, youth and adult took a clipboard with paper and markers, plus a Rainbow Peephole, a special lens which separates light into rainbow colors. There were enough concrete "things to do" for children not prepared for a quiet sit.
Most of the participants settled in, the blankets like prayer shawls, providing snuggles and sacred space. At the 2.5 minute walk, one first grade boy said he was done. I invited him to try to continue a bit longer, but he reiterated he was done and got up. I gave him the task of watching my timer count down the remaining seconds. It focused him. At 5 minutes, he walked quietly to each "Quester" and gently rang the bell and told them to bring their blankets and supplies to the gathering spot.