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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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Blue Deer Center News

Posted April 9, 2013

By Buffy Aakaash

Years ago, when a group of people began looking for land that would become the Blue Deer Center, this place by this river called Saskawhihiwine called to them through its history. For it was said to be a powerful place of healing where the old peoples gathered to settle differences. The story goes that a great shaman was called upon to settle a severe rift between tribes in the area. He set out on a journey to ask the gods for help in what at the time seemed like a nearly impossible task. As we have retold the story,

After consulting the nearby forests, streams, and mountains, Tesakwanachee entered the valley to the West, looking for a sign that he had reached a special place of peace-making. In the stream called Saskawhihiwine he found the sign: a perfect circle in the water. He claimed the place as neutral territory in the Onondaga tradition. A council fire was built, the dispute was settled, war was averted. The people returned to hunting and gathering their food.”

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Posted April 9, 2013

Featuring 2 live bands:

Pulse Field with Steve Gorn (including Naaz Hosseini, Ev Mann, and Peter Blum)

Blue Paradox (Eliot Cowan, Steve Kemble, Rob Norris, Emilio Portal, Tilman Reitzle, Scott Sheerin, Omar Velasco, with special guest Joan Henry)

Potluck dinner

Art auction

Raffles (prizes include a Weekend at the Center for your group, Men's Retreat, and BDC t-shirts)

Posted January 24, 2013

By Eliot Cowan

One afternoon in June 2012 I was chatting with Eda Zavala about the plant medicine of her beloved Amazonian forest. Eda was born into a family of traditional healers. She lives in a remote village in the jungle of Northeastern Peru, far off the beaten track of ecotourists and neoshamanic adventurers, but not outside the long reach of corporate greed. Eda had come to the U. S. To seek support for saving her pristine forest and also to share about the healing traditions of the Amazon. Read more...Before I switched on the recorder I had asked her to speak about the healing songs, or "icaros" given to Amazonian healers by the plant spirits. Read more...

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