Blue Deer Center News

Posted November 18, 2014

Learn how the season of Fall, the time of letting go and inspiration, is effecting you now.

"Death and decomposition has cleared space for new growth when the cycle of birth returns. And, now the shining silver trunks and limbs of the trees stand as glorious structures pointing to the clear open sky. The realm of the heavens is revealed and given its natural place of honor. There is a sense of appreciation for the beauty of what once flourished and what jewels of life still remain. There is sense of awe and inspiration – a welcome freshness in the air."

Posted October 22, 2014

We all yearn to be free of illness. And we long to feel connected… to our spirit, to each other and to the natural world, yet how often do we give ourselves time to nurture that heartfelt yearning? Our lives have become so busy and stressful! We know the pace takes a painful toll, which we try to remedy with healthy food, therapy, yoga classes or meditation. All these approaches help, yet still we wonder, could there be more?

Sometimes misfortune -- an accident, an illness, the death of a loved one -- opens us to look in new directions, to ask new questions:


Healing Camp is composed of five days of Huichol Shamanic Healing at the sacred ground of the Blue Deer Center. Through Eliot Cowan’s authentic training and apprenticeship with Huichol Indian shaman don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios, you will discover that the medicine of the old cultures runs deep and exerts a powerful effect.

Eliot Cowan, a fully initiated Tsaurirrikame (Huichol shaman), has lead over 50 healing camps in the past two decades. Over the years he has gathered extensive experience working with the full spectrum of life events from birth to death.

Your stay at Healing Camp includes daily private sessions with Eliot, time for contemplation and reflection, gathering in community around the warmth of the fire, and opportunities to connect with the natural world under the guidance of Marakames Justin Starting and Scott Sheerin.

The Camp provides a rare opportunity to experience a temporary village created for the express purpose of bringing Huichol healing to you, because living even briefly within a healthy community contributes to your well-being.

The sacred land of the Center will support the Camp, where music and celebration will light up our days and nights, while our wonderful chef and staff ensure you enjoy the right conditions to open yourself to healing.


"I cannot thank you enough for all your help…I am a HEALTHY PERSON now, and that is a phenomenal thing. Physically, the nerve pain I had in my arm is nearly gone, my blood pressure is normal, I no longer have to take a thyroid supplement and I have tons of energy. I feel WELL. I haven’t felt this way since I was, well probably since I was a kid. But emotionally I feel better than that. It is so much easier to operate without the weight of all that emotional pain…Thank you so much!!!"

"I have felt more comfortable in my own skin since attending Healing Camp than ever before. My inner life is forever affected."

Click here to read Karla's story of her spiritual transformation at healing camp.

Click here to read Jeff's story of how healing camp has helped him with his illness.

Posted April 21, 2014

A Celebration of Community, Music and Fun!

An Art Auction, 1-6 pm
River Ceremony, 1:30 pm
Music: Blues Maneuvers and local talent, 2-9 pm
Food, 2-6 pm

We are featuring work from local artists, as well as art from the Huichol people of central Mexico. The Huichols are one of only a handful of tribes in that area of the world who maintain their ancient ways. Their artwork expresses the deep connection they have with their ancestral lands, the animals, plants and other beings there. In addition to trying your luck at the auction, you will be able to purchase art, including paintings, beaded sculpture and jewelry, all day long.

And don’t forget! You’ll need your dancing shoes, as we boogie down to “Blues Maneuver”, a seven-piece band with impeccable vocal harmonies and a mighty horn section. Their eclectic repertoire runs from the sounds of today back to the 1940s, featuring Motown, R&B, oldies and swing. Listen Here

We’ll feature other local music talent as well.

Bring the whole family and sprawl out on the gorgeous lawn, where you’ll be surrounded by fun and games for everyone. Then spend time by the sacred river. Unravel the stress of the daily grind.

And come back to regroup by the Fire, which will be going all day long…

Eliot Cowan, founder of the Blue Deer Center, and author of Plant Spirit Medicine, will sign copies of the new edition of the book, now in its 20th year. This book has inspired people and brought healing to so many over these years. Fireball owes its existence in part to the dynamism of this book.

We’ll have information booths on ancestral traditions, a ceremony for the sacred river at 1:30PM, and yes… scrumptious homemade desserts… while they last!

Come out on July 18th for this day of joyous celebration!


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