Blue Deer Center News

Posted October 17, 2018

SOME MOUNTAINS ARE MORE THAN JUST MOUNTAINS. Not all caves, springs, groves and deserts are just caves, springs, groves or deserts. Some are god beings of vast capacity, masquerading as features of the landscape. These god beings offer help to human beings.

WHAT KIND OF HELP? Some of life’s challenges yield to our effort, but some require something beyond what self-effort alone can muster. For this reason people throughout the world have long made pilgrimage to the sacred places…

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Posted May 23, 2016

"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."

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Diane Longboat is one of the Elders who will speak at Voices of Wisdom, June 11 and 12. Don’t miss your chance to sit with the Elders at Voices of Wisdom.

Posted March 15, 2016

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...

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