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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 »
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Posted January 5, 2016

Voices of Wisdom brings you together with indigenous elders that embody ancestral wisdom. At this event, held around a sacred Fire, elders not only speak, but also offer perspectives & experiences that help people feel the world around them as living, aware and sacred.

The way toward a long-term sustainable future is to individually and collectively regain empathy with each other and the natural world. Through indigenous ancestral wisdom, Voices of Wisdom opens your heart to feel renewed connections within yourself, among participants and with the living world.

At the Blue Deer Center, Voices of Wisdom welcomes Dr. Jody Noé and Gail Whitlow.

Join us for this two-part program. Experience the wisdom of the elders on Saturday afternoon. Experience connection in community through a special fire circle on Sunday evening.

The gathering will start on Saturday at noon with a potluck lunch. People will sit by the fire and each of the two elders will speak in turn, offering the wisdom that they see is needed in that moment. The talks and conversations will be punctuated by a snack break. There will be no evening program Saturday night and the elders will return to their homes the next morning.

On Sunday evening, people will reconvene at the fire before sunset. Offerings will be made to the fire creating ritual space, an energetic container that will be held by an initiated fire keeper, who will tend the fire and who is also a skilled facilitator for group discussions. This will be an opportunity for everyone to share what has been stirred in each of them by listening to the elders. Fire is the energy of our heart and is connection itself. So around fire’s elemental presence we have an enhanced opportunity to uncover our heart’s knowing --- the center of all the traditions.



Program presented by the Sacred Fire Foundation. For more information about the event, the elders and the program please visit the Sacred Fire Foundations website.

Posted January 4, 2016

We all yearn to be free of illness. And we long to feel connected… to our spirit, to each other and to the natural world, yet how often do we give ourselves time to nurture that heartfelt yearning? Our lives have become so busy and stressful! We know the pace takes a painful toll, which we try to remedy with healthy food, therapy, yoga classes or meditation. All these approaches help, yet still we wonder, could there be more?

Sometimes misfortune -- an accident, an illness, the death of a loved one-- opens us to look in new directions, to ask new questions:

COULD THE POTENCY AND MYSTERY OF ANCIENT HEALING TRADITION PROVIDE MEDICINE FOR THE ILLNESSES AND ALIENATION OF MODERN CULTURE?

Healing Camp is composed of five days of Huichol Shamanic Healing at the sacred ground of the Blue Deer Center. Through Eliot Cowan’s authentic training and apprenticeship with Huichol Indian shaman don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios, you will discover that the medicine of the old cultures runs deep and exerts a powerful effect.

Eliot Cowan, a fully initiated Tsaurirrikame (Huichol shaman), has lead over 50 healing camps in the past two decades. Over the years he has gathered extensive experience working with the full spectrum of life events from birth to death.

Your stay at Healing Camp includes daily private sessions with Eliot, time for contemplation and reflection, gathering in community around the warmth of the fire, and opportunities to connect with the natural world under the guidance of Marakame Justin Starting and Marakame Scott Sheerin.

The Camp provides a rare opportunity to experience a temporary village created for the express purpose of bringing Huichol healing to you, because living even briefly within a healthy community contributes to your well-being.

The sacred land of the Center will support the Camp, where music and celebration will light up our days and nights, while our wonderful chef and staff ensure you enjoy the right conditions to open yourself to healing.

TESTIMONIALS:

"I cannot thank you enough for all your help…I am a HEALTHY PERSON now, and that is a phenomenal thing. Physically, the nerve pain I had in my arm is nearly gone, my blood pressure is normal, I no longer have to take a thyroid supplement and I have tons of energy. I feel WELL. I haven’t felt this way since I was, well probably since I was a kid. But emotionally I feel better than that. It is so much easier to operate without the weight of all that emotional pain…Thank you so much!!!"

"I have felt more comfortable in my own skin since attending Healing Camp than ever before. My inner life is forever affected."

Click here to read Karla's story of her experience at healing camp.

Click here to read Jeff's story of his experience at healing camp.

Posted October 9, 2015

Blue Deer Center just turned 10 and we want you to join us in celebrating this milestone by looking back at what we’ve accomplished with your help and encouragement. Making connections, building relationships with each other, the natural world and its teachings and looking forward to 2016 with a BIG birthday wish—

See photos looking back at the past 10 years

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