Blue Deer Center News

Posted July 4, 2020

As the seasons continue to change we long to welcome you back to the sacred land of Blue Deer Center, but due to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Our plans for 2020Vision facility planning have been placed on hold
  • We have cancelled our Spring and Summer Programs.
  • We hope to re-open for our Fall programs, but we will abide by NY State regulations for travel and quarantine (which currently restricts many participants).

After completing our review of staff, programs and NY State regulations our Board of Directors met this week and plans to PARTIALLY open the center for the late Summer and Fall. This is a bittersweet decision, but a necessary one. We must secure the safety and well being of our guests and staff.

What does this mean practically?

  • We will open the Main House and the Green House (the Guest House will remain closed) allowing us to host up to 6 couples (12 people) or 8 individuals
  • We will undergo the thorough and rigorous preparation for opening required by the State of NY for COVID-19.

What does this mean for Programs?

July 2020

  • We will replace the Summer Healing Camp with a 3 day Healing Retreat in Nature to be held in August
  • We will host a local volunteer day for the Huichol Art Project

August 2020

  • We plan to host a Volunteer weekend from August 7-9 (including camping) to:

    • perform necessary projects at the Center,
    • offer a sense of CARING for the Center and
    • promote camaraderie amongst volunteers for the Center.
  • 3 day Healing Retreat in Nature

September 2020

  • Harvest Festival -- still in the planning stage (estimated to be Sept. 26th)
  • Headwaters Offering -- still in the planning stage (estimated to be Sept. 27th)

October 2020

December 2020

  • 3 day Healing Retreat in Nature

Please visit our website to register:

Blue Deer is committed to rekindling our relationship to the natural world so that we may learn how to live a good life, no matter what is going on around us.

As a not-for-profit organization we face enormous financial challenges in weathering the loss of income and in securing our ability to re-open fully in 2021. We are utilizing this pause to engage our mission in new and vital ways, including a new programming schedule for 2021.

Amanda Kerner as our Acting Executive Director is here to communicate with you via email at executivedirector [at] bluedeer [dot] org or cell phone 310.452.0658 to answer any questions you might have. Our center is physically closed, but we check our voice messages regularly.

Until we meet again around the fire at Blue Deer Center, we invite you to care for yourself, your community and the natural world.

In Service…

Patrick Hanaway, Dan Sprinkles and Amanda Kerner

Together we continue this work.
We invite you to participate by giving...

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 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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