It is alone in nature without the distractions of modern civilization that we are able to communicate directly with our inner selves. This has been done for thousands of years across nearly every indigenous culture throughout history.
What happens on a wilderness quest is that you first set an intention. Once you have decided on your intention for doing the wilderness quest, the next step is to find a place in nature, where you can be alone for some pre-designated time, to open yourself to direction from something bigger than you.
Messages may come in many forms from nature depending on the intentions you have for your quest. For example, you might start to notice the scurrying of ants through a forest, and this may relate to how you are currently living your life. Or if you notice an eagle soaring above you, you may interpret that as needing more sovereignty and vision in your current life situation.
There are many challenges and victories to be won on a quest – staying warm and dry, tending the fire, both inner and outer, working with the inner voice of critic, quitter and why am I doing this, to the challenge of being by yourself, fasting and opening yourself to something much bigger than self.
Some of the rewards from a quest for your life are clarity, accomplishment, action in your life, understanding and awareness of your gifts, change, affirmation, and many others.