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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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Posted February 22, 2016

It is easy to recognize that plants offer us food, oxygen, and medicines, but less known today is that plants have spirits with wisdom to nurture and heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Ancient cultures and shamans have known for millennia that the medicine of plant spirits can bring us into balance and harmony, but much of this tradition has been lost in the West.



The next Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training starts April 13, 2016. Register by March 15th.

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 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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