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"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 »
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Posted February 12, 2014

Excerpts from the Introduction to the New Edition of Plant Spirit Medicine

“Plant spirit medicine works partially because it has broad perspective. It does not look only through the eyes of physics and chemistry; it sees human beings as expressions of divine natural forces. It plumbs the human mind and emotions. It gives paramount importance to spirit, the mysterious core of our lives.”

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“By way of tipping my hat in respect, I will mention that the Huichols are an indigenous people whose once-extensive homelands have been reduced to some rugged areas in the western Sierra Madre in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango, Mexico. Like all indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere, the Huichols have been and are being hard pressed by the dominant culture..."

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Posted January 15, 2014

An Interview with Sherry Boatright, Director of Lifeways, Sacred Fire Community

Blue Deer Center: Can you tell us a little bit about "Lifeways" and its roots?
Sherry: Lifeways is sponsored by the Sacred Fire Community, which is about bringing people to the fire, back to the essential connection we have to fire, a spiritual essence. Fire opens us to gain greater awareness of heart and how to live from our hearts. As we get more connected to our hearts, we begin to discover and become more aware of the natural cycles. The sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening. The yearly cycles of birth in spring. The growth, development, and blossoming that happens in the summer. The fall, and the maturing, and then decaying. Then the death and dying. Fire helps us open to a greater sensitivity to the world and to these cycles.

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Posted October 16, 2013

All year the Blue Deer Center has been hinting at the Center’s growth. You may have heard some rumors about what's been happening or maybe you've visited the Center to see for yourself. Earlier this year, the Blue Deer Center purchased a home across the street, at 1044 County Route 6. This beautiful structure with gazebo and outdoor kitchen will become the home for our core provider, as well as provide additional treatment space in a more private setting. Pictured here on the right, this older house has been undergoing some renovations and improvements before it can be used.


The space will also house our Executive Director’s office, our Fundraising Director’s office, Office of the Huichol Art Project, a conference space, and additional office/storage space. This will allow our staff more area to handle the business of running the Center without interrupting the flow of programs and events.


The 1044 County Route 6 Home is a wonderful addition to our already beautiful acreage. It brings the Center an additional three acres of land and a lovely space that will bring our core provider a home. Much has been done this summer to make this space a home. There is much more to do. The roof has been replaced and the basement has been demolished to make room for office space. Renovations are moving forward.

You may be wondering about this wonderful space. Tune in to this E-News to find out more about the progress of the renovations at 1044 and to hear more news about what is going on at the Center.

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