In 2017, at age 70, Haiko Nitschke received a “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He is the pioneer of the vision quest movement in the German-speaking world. Since 1992, he has supervised more than 1000 participants in 114 eleven-day vision search groups. Between 1997 and 2015 he also conducted training in visionquest management (157 graduates) and one-year pedagogical trainings in initiatory natural experience (67 graduates). In 1997 Haiko Nitschke founded “ÖKOSYS Institute for Ecological Systemic Education” (www.oekosys.org) and chaired it for nine years. He was also a 12-year staff member of the American School of Lost Borders, and a board member and member of the Elder Council of the WGC Wilderness Guides Council.
The Vision Quest is a very old and widely used method of the search for meaning and self-healing in all cultures of the world. ‘Go into the wilderness, bless yourself and learn what has to be done.’ With this invitation, for example, North American Indians have been sent to a vision search at turning points in their lives. The goal of this journey into the outer and inner loneliness is the examination of the eternal cycle of life and death. It makes it possible to reconnect with life again and again, to recognize the meaning of one’s own existence and to find its own personal task of life.