SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nature Quest ( www.naturequests.org) announces their next spiritual retreat and nature quest to ancient Orkney, Scotland in May 2017. Nature Quest Founder Catriona MacGregor will lead participants on an inner journey while exploring this highly-advanced Stone Age civilization dating back to 3200 BC. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161111/438397 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161111/438398 In this place that time forgot, participants will commune with the energies of the land through hiking, meditation, and journeys into the past. They will also go on a solo Quest in nature. "A quest can provide the impetus to take the first steps toward living a life in tune with one's own inner path," affirms McGregor. "Amidst the undisturbed archeological marvels of this ' Egypt of the North', we will access a place of immense clarity and wisdom, and learn powerful practices to support a new vision of your life." An archipelago of islands just north of the Scottish mainland, Orkney is an easy one-hour flight from Edinburgh, or a short scenic ferry ride from Scrabsters Scotland's dramatic northern tip. Beyond the important archaeological sites, the area is home to charming villages, rugged cliffs, and abundant wildlife - including seals, eagles, and a Puffin breeding colony the group will visit. And sometimes the magic of the aurora borealis animates the night sky. Featured in National Geographic, Stone Age Orkney was an important religious and cultural center and a spiritual pilgrimage destination. The home of a very advanced civilization going back to 3200 B.C. "I am excited to share the raw beauty and power of the ancestral lands of my heritage," enthuses MacGregor. For centuries, people have embarked on rites of passage in nature to gain awareness of the sacred realms and of the highest self. Spiritual journeys into nature can provide greater life direction and harmony. These archetypal passages, or quests into nature, are powerful acts that can change a person's life profoundly.