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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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Blue Deer Center News

Posted December 21, 2012

Our planet, our bodies, our very lives have come to us as a gift. Having "earned" none of these things, our natural tendency is toward gratitude and the desire to give in turn, to serve something greater than ourselves. But we all have habits and beliefs that interfere with fully living in the gift. In this gathering, we will clear those blockages so that we can be more effective as change agents. Through dialog and experiential processes, we will discover keys to living in a state of flow, to giving and receiving more fully, and creating things beyond our understanding of cause and effect.

Posted November 20, 2012

Recently we were able to sit down and talk with Eliot about the Blue Deer Center. In the following video, Eliot shares with us how our Center came to be and why so many of us find such a strong connection to the land here.

Posted November 19, 2012

In this retreat, Eda will engage participants in rituals and ceremonies designed to initiate a deep personal purification process that will help guide people into a close connection with the spirits of plants from the Amazonian rainforest, with whom she has an ongoing deep relationship.

In order to get the most benefit from what her plant medicine has to offer, attendees will eat a very simple diet and drink the herbal teas that Eda will provide for very deep cleansing and purification. This will be a time for retreat and inner reflection in a setting that supports this healing process.

Participants will be guided by Ms. Zavala Lopez on an individual basis through out the retreat. She will be meeting with participants privately on a regular basis to support each one in their healing process. This is a unique opportunity to experience in a supportive setting the gifts of the Amazon plants and the healing capacity of a Peruvian curandera. In a recent interview with Ms. Lopez she shared that this is a time to keep things simple. When she is in the jungle with her elders things are very simple and that is when one begins to open up to another way of being and seeing. This is Earth medicine – a time for nurturing.

Eda Zavala Lopez comes from a long lineage of native women healers. A descendant of the Wari people she describes her knowledge of healing practices as being a part of her DNA. Her grandmother used plant medicines in a very natural way and Eda absorbed this directly and simply. She went on to study with native healers deep in the forest learning the intricacies of plant medicines and their properties from healers and the plants themselves.

To read an interview with Eda Zavala Lopez by Eliot Cowan, please click here.

For more information about Eda and her work, please visit her website EdaZavalaLopez.com.

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