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Located in the Catskill Mountains, this land was recognized by indigenous peoples over a century ago as a place of healing. Come experience the natural world from a place of heart and connection.   Learn more »
"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians...The white people never wanted to learn before...Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn. But who really wants to learn?"   —Don Jose Matsuwa, Huichol, 1989   Learn more »
I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, But rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.   —Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe   Learn more »

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Posted July 20, 2017

It is easy to recognize that plants offer us food, oxygen, and medicines, but less known today is that plants have spirits with wisdom to nurture and heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Ancient cultures and shamans have known for millennia that the medicine of plant spirits can bring us into balance and harmony, but much of this tradition has been lost in the West.

This course brings together shamanic techniques with the ancient Chinese medical philosophies of the Five Elements. As the course progresses, you will

  • learn Chinese Five Element worldview
  • study Pulse Taking
  • practice Household Shamanism
  • make direct relationship with plants through Shamanic Journeying
  • engage in intensive clinical work to hone Assessment/Treatment skills

Program offered by the Blue Deer Center.

Posted May 23, 2017

We invite you to join us in Prosperity: Having What We Need on June 23rd, 2017.

The new moon of this planting season is drawing near and once again Blue Deer Center has been given the opportunity to participate in a prosperity ritual along with the company of our two sister Sacred Fire organizations (Sacred Fire Foundation and Sacred Fire Community) and two traditional medicine path groups (Huichol and Nahuatl) to help bring forth the gifts of these places, organizations and paths to serve our people.

(photo of Blue Deer’s Chairman of the Board, Patrick Hanaway, planting on our behalf in 2015)

Posted October 10, 2016

The School of Plant Spirit Medicine at Blue Deer will be a prestigious institution of learning for those who will become Plant Spirit Medicine healers and teachers. As in other schools, the faculty will be in charge of curriculum, research and teaching, leaving all the administrative functions to the School. Satellite classes in the United States of America and United Kingdom and new teachers will make the medicine more available. A precious way of spiritual healing that will help people for generations to come.

Read more about this exciting, new development...

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