Blue Deer Center News
We invite you to join us in Prosperity: Having What We Need on June 4th, 2016.
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)
"When that fire burns in our communities it’s a welcoming fire for other nations of people to gather at that fire, who may not be able to find their way. That is especially true in the Americas, because of colonization, that people have lost their way, and their connection to their ancestors, and their connection to their homelands. They have lost their way."
After a lengthy traditional apprenticeship with a Huichol Marakame (shaman), lasting more than a decade, Eliot Cowan made this powerful form of healing available outside of the Huichol homelands. Although he travels and sees patients widely, the five-day healing sessions known as Healing Camps are only offered at Blue Deer Center in the Catskills of New York. Mace Fleeger, recently caught up with Eliot to explore some questions about the nature of shamanic healing and to learn more about what makes Healing Camp so special.
Mace: What would you say distinguishes Healing Camp from the healing you offer in various other settings?
Eliot: First of all there is the support of the place itself, the sacred land, and the river. They are great spirit beings designed to favor and support this kind of work. And that’s the main reason why the full-on Healing Camp is offered there, read more...