Blue Deer Center News

Posted April 7, 2011

The Center is looking for a part-time fundraiser. This position will have a variety of duties, including Annual Giving, Special Events, Donor Drive, Fireball, Donor Relations, Annual Mail Appeal, Grants, Volunteer development & coordination, coordinating meetings for different fundraising activities, staying in touch with Gratitude Committee. This position will work with a team of three others in the fundraising department to achieve not only the financial goals set by the organization but developing a supported donor base. Initiative and innovation are key qualities for this position.For more information and to apply, please contact Amanda Kerner at amandakerner [at] bluedeer [dot] org or 845-586-3225 ext. 5.

Posted March 28, 2011

We need a photographer, within driving distance of the Center, who will be able to attend 1 or 2 days of several of our programs in our 2011 season, and take high resolution digital photos of the provider and the event (within boundaries set by the provider). We’re looking for someone who is genuinely interested in what the Blue Deer Center is doing. These photos will be used for marketing future programs and the Center in general. While we are not able to provide financial exchange, we would be able to offer the following:

  1. Credit for any photos used on our website or in marketing materials.
  2. Free meals and lodging at the Center for a two day shoot.
  3. In exchange for covering four of our 2011 programs, we can offer tuition and fees for one of our shorter weekend programs.

To Apply:

  1. Please send a letter of intention, describing why you are interested in this project; and
  2. Send an electronic portfolio of at least 20 photos, including nature shots and headshot-style portraiture.

For more information about the Blue Deer Center, please visit our website at

Send by April 15th, to:

Buffy Aakaash,

marketing [at] bluedeer [dot] org

Posted March 25, 2011

Crafted and donated to the Blue Deer Center by master Baltimore, Maryland drum-maker, John Millen, ThunderHeart is a 63” medicine drum, and is one of the largest natural skin drums in the world. The story of its birth and life, as told by John, is quite remarkable:

“In 1988 I had a dream about a drum with a great spirit that was calling to me. I had started to make drums a few months before but I didn’t understand anything about the nature of drums or what my relationship to them was all about. The sound of the drum in the dream kept following me around in my head. It sounded scary and peaceful at the same time. I finally decided that there was nothing else to do but make that drum.

A six foot diameter steer hide skin was the largest skin available to me at the time and when it arrived I set about making a frame out of mahogany plywood and veneers...

It was the embodiment of the drum spirit that informed my drum making activities for over twenty years. The spirit of ThunderHeart is a part of over a thousand drums it has been my privilege to bring into this world over two decades of drum making.

For ten years ThunderHeart was at the center of the opening and closing rituals for The Friends Conference on religion and Psychology, a long standing conference devoted to the spiritual work of integrating the darkness and the light and not coincidentally, the commingling of Quaker and Jungian thought.

In 1990 ThunderHeart took part in the National Earth Day activities on the mall in Washington D.C.

In 1995, ThunderHeart was featured in a concert at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

In 1996 ThunderHeart was featured in a concert in Legendary Sousa Hall by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band...

For many years I often used ThunderHeart in sound therapy. People were often moved to tears as they lay under or stood next to the drum and experienced the deep vibrations of ThunderHeart penetrate their energy bodies clearing away congested and blocked energy, feeling the tingly/warm energy move powerfully up their back and down their front recharging and realigning their primary energy pathways.

And now the stewardship of ThunderHeart passes to The Blue Deer Center to begin again its work of healing and support for the spiritual journey, to encourage and enliven the conversation between the two worlds, the land of the living and the land of spirit. Silence gives birth to sound and rhythm. The great song rides on the breath of spirit. May its purpose be revealed evermore by the deep voices of the Blue Deer Center."

My warmest heartfelt gratitude

--John Millen


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