Blue Deer Center News

Posted April 6, 2021

As the earth is pulsating with the energy of Spring, Blue Deer Center is preparing for a new beginning.


The Board of Directors have made the bold decision to reopen the Center in June, 2021 (with Covid-19 precautions). This is only possible thanks to the support of our donors, volunteers, and staff. The benefit of healing in nature is needed and will be available to you at Blue Deer Center. During these times of change, immersion in Nature is able to provide a much-needed release from the struggles of our lives. Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains on sacred land, Blue Deer offers a unique form of medicine that will bolster the strength of your spirit and restore balance. Science is waking up to the benefit of nature in our lives for our mental and physical wellbeing.

The 2021 Schedule of Programs is ready for you to make your plans and come to Blue Deer Center!


Most of our participants over the years have come to Blue Deer Center because someone cared enough to let them know about our programs of healing. We invite you to share Blue Deer with your friends and family! Come back to renew and reconnect!

Posted December 10, 2020

Every day, the natural world offers us the bounty and beauty of life. We invite you to join the worldwide celebration of generosity by giving to Blue Deer Center today!

When we feel separated, lost or confused, there are sacred lands we can depend on to provide restorative medicine for our spirits. Blue Deer Center is one of these sacred places. For centuries, this land has been known as a place where conflict is resolved and illness gives way to healing. We find that blessed things happen here that are not possible even a short distance away.

Here is one participant’s experience:

“Fostering the wisdom from ancestral traditions and our connection to the natural world is the antidote to the calamities we are facing in our world. I have experienced personal healing and growth from my sessions with elders of these traditions at the Center. These healings have offered me new ways to be and have deepened my connection to all of life, which for me, are gifts beyond what money can buy.” – Judy

The river is made of many, many, many droplets. As we give together as a community we help protect this sacred place!

With our Annual Giving Fund, we will have the resources to operate, pay our small and talented staff, and continue bringing healing in nature to people. We will begin the new year with $129,000 reserved, thanks to the generosity of our donors and small interest government loans. To move forward, we must fill in the gap of $271,000 for our Annual Giving Fund.

Will you give to Blue Deer Center’s Annual Fund today? Your generosity will make it possible for others to receive healing in nature.

Posted September 10, 2020

New Director | Over the last two years Karen Milgate has helped us reinvest in the Plant Spirit Medicine program.  We are sad to say goodbye as she leaves us to explore the healing practice that has called to her for many years – midwifery. We offer our deepest gratitude for all of her gifts.

Help us welcome Jessica De la O as the new director of Plant Spirit Medicine.  We are excited to have her aboard!  As a practitioner, educator, and someone deeply committed to the Blue Deer and the Sacred Fire Community, we are fortunate to have her skills and knowledge to continue moving the medicine forward. 

New Property Manager | In July, John "J" DiMenna came to live and work at the Center. In the past, J has attended programs and volunteered here. We are fortunate to have his presence, enthusiasm and creativity in taking care of the Center on a daily basis.

New Programming | As you may know, the pandemic hit New York in March, forcing us to cancel all programs. In August, we were allowed to start re-opening in compliance with NY State guidelines.

We hosted a Volunteer Work Weekend in August. Many hands of love – Linda, Randy, Shawn, Traci, Bea, Vickie, Gerti, Mace, Anna Lena and Krishna – came to clean, garden, organize, paint and prepare the Center so we could open. During their time together, they all enjoyed delicious food, protected each other with social distancing and masks indoors. Randy returned later in the month with Brian to continue repairs and renovations. J cleaned out the barn, filling a 30 yard dumpster in the process. 

Behind the scenes, Wendy, Linda and Amanda, were planning and organizing in preparation for the three day Summer Healing Retreat in Nature. We wanted everything ready, so that our volunteer program coordinator, Lois, could come and help us run it, with Gerti, who has been our COVID-19 Volunteer Coordinator, and of course J, who prepared the rooms, facilities, and Fire Tent.

WOW, so many hours of hard work, so many people. Our generous donors and volunteers made it possible for eight participants to come and receive traditional healing in nature. Now they can bring their transformation back home. 

And there is more...  

Registration is open for Fall and Winter Healing Retreats in Nature.

The mission of Blue Deer Center is bringing benefit to our social structures and modern lifestyles, which we can all agree are especially needed during this time.

Together we are moving this work into the future.




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