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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 21, 2014

A Celebration of Community, Music and Fun!

An Art Auction, 1-6 pm
River Ceremony, 1:30 pm
Music: Blues Maneuvers and local talent, 2-9 pm
Food, 2-6 pm

We are featuring work from local artists, as well as art from the Huichol people of central Mexico. The Huichols are one of only a handful of tribes in that area of the world who maintain their ancient ways. Their artwork expresses the deep connection they have with their ancestral lands, the animals, plants and other beings there. In addition to trying your luck at the auction, you will be able to purchase art, including paintings, beaded sculpture and jewelry, all day long.

And don’t forget! You’ll need your dancing shoes, as we boogie down to “Blues Maneuver”, a seven-piece band with impeccable vocal harmonies and a mighty horn section. Their eclectic repertoire runs from the sounds of today back to the 1940s, featuring Motown, R&B, oldies and swing. Listen Here

We’ll feature other local music talent as well.

Bring the whole family and sprawl out on the gorgeous lawn, where you’ll be surrounded by fun and games for everyone. Then spend time by the sacred river. Unravel the stress of the daily grind.

And come back to regroup by the Fire, which will be going all day long…

Eliot Cowan, founder of the Blue Deer Center, and author of Plant Spirit Medicine, will sign copies of the new edition of the book, now in its 20th year. This book has inspired people and brought healing to so many over these years. Fireball owes its existence in part to the dynamism of this book.

We’ll have information booths on ancestral traditions, a ceremony for the sacred river at 1:30PM, and yes… scrumptious homemade desserts… while they last!

Come out on July 18th for this day of joyous celebration!

Posted July 16, 2013

BDC: What originally drew you to working with the Sacred Fire Foundation?

Cindy: I was telling someone the other day that it is really just a love of my life. There’s something so important about the work of the Foundation that feels life-giving at this time, and so redemptive. I was talking to some people recently about some of the work we’ve been doing, especially around Ancient Wisdom Rising (AWR) and the poignancy of working with the elders and the messages that they’re bringing forth to us. And the people had tears streaming down their cheeks.


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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