Blue Deer Center News

Posted May 10, 2020

The land has held me as I danced in celebration, sat by Fire to receive guidance, connected with my brothers and sisters in community, worked through conflict, and deepened my love for my fellow Firekeepers as we walked this path together. My last visit was again in winter as the land and river held us beautifully for our Ukalai women’s work. And I will be there again twice this year to continue these experiences that feed me and bring value to my life, and that become memories as part of the felt-sense of the place.

I find my connection with Blue Deer like any meaningful relationship that deepens over time. I have come to feel at home there, discovering a sense of belonging. I have been so grateful to the staff that welcomes and supports the work taking place. I leave feeling restored in a way that doesn’t need words.

Annie King
South Carolina, USA

I feel tethered to the Blue Deer Center in a powerful and significant way. It may sound funny, but I feel the Blue Deer Center has my back as I move through life. As a spiritual place of deep beauty and deep transformation, the beings that inhabit and emerge from the land at the Blue Deer Center know me intimately: they know of my tears, they know of my joy, they know how I become undone, how I sing, how I dance, how I dream … they hold all of that and so much more. They reach out across the miles in my times of need and they whisper in my ear. And whenever I return, they help me remember who I am. To me, that kind of blessing, that kind of inspiration, that kind of sacred contact is priceless.

Today more than ever, we are in dire need of connection, ancestral wisdom and healthy relationship with our lives, each other and our environment. In many ways we are lost and we need to find a way. The Blue Deer Center is a powerful doorway to help us find our balance and our way. And yes, I absolutely want to help support all of that. So, other than embodying that sacred contact I feel with the BDC through my actions in my day-to-day life, I feel moved to say “thank you” by supporting the BDC as a monthly donor. In some ways it has to do with helping to keep that connection, that “tethering” alive and moving through me to touch everyone I deal with, everything I do … and the dreams in my heart. In other ways it has to do with taking a stand for our people, for the right relationship and for hope remaining alive.

Adrilia Pedersen
Florida, USA

To me the river sings the Blue Deer Center into being. This constant presence of love and healing and movement and grace permeates the Blue Deer Center and all living things that come into its sphere of influence. For me Saskawhihiwine also carries the voices of the past, the present and the possibilities of the future through her timeless movement. Such a powerful presence that I feel prepared me for the gift of the birth of my beautiful son Sequoia.

I hope that more and more people can experience her grace by coming to the Blue Deer Center for a program of learning and healing or Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training.

Wendy Core
California, USA

Blue Deer is here to help us remember that Nature is the gift and presence that provides for all of our lives, no matter where we live.

Posted January 25, 2020

My path to healing has been a long one. I have gotten impatient with myself. How much more self inquiry and meditation can a person do to heal? I have been suffering from a physical illness that is not debilitating, but it is chronic and was getting worse.

When I found Blue Deer Center I felt intimidated. This is out of my league, I thought. I won’t be able to tap into my dream world in a way that it can be helpful, told the inner voices. So my first visit was intimidating. I was afraid to connect to other people, and old hurt rose up.

But something surprising happened: I connected to the land. Instantly. I found myself visiting the Sacred River, Saskawhihiwine, first thing in the morning. I reveled in her soothing being, and the respect her presence demands.

I felt uplifted by the dance of the butterflies and the song of birds. And gradually, I connected to the people. Their presence as custodians of the land is healing in itself. Their dedication to the work is awe inspiring, and their purpose timeless.

I connected with Fire. The warmth and generosity of Fire has become an ongoing presence and support in my journey. It is teaching me to connect with Heart, and when the connection is established, there is peace and joyfulness. Almost effortlessly.

Part of the journey of healing for me is to grieve the losses that have gone unacknowledged all my life. So I grieve. And little by little, I am releasing old burdens that have held me back for a long time. There is relief in that, and freedom.

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Gerti Schoen
Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA

Posted November 1, 2019

Arhuaca Elder, Benerexa Marquez, made a visit to Blue Deer Center from Colombia, where she was amazed to feel the same sense of home that she experiences in her ancestral homeland.
Listen to her experience here. 




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