Blue Deer Center News

Posted April 9, 2013

Featuring 2 live bands:

Pulse Field with Steve Gorn (including Naaz Hosseini, Ev Mann, and Peter Blum)

Blue Paradox (Eliot Cowan, Steve Kemble, Rob Norris, Emilio Portal, Tilman Reitzle, Scott Sheerin, Omar Velasco, with special guest Joan Henry)

Potluck dinner

Art auction

Raffles (prizes include a Weekend at the Center for your group, Men's Retreat, and BDC t-shirts)

Posted March 21, 2013

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 Justin Starting and Marakame 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 March 19, 2013

Ancient Wisdom Rising returns to the sacred land of the Blue Deer Center in the Catskill Mountains of NY, August 7-9, 2015.

Sacred Fire Foundation's premiere event Ancient Wisdom Rising is an opportunity for meeting and dialogue between traditions and for others to experience ancient wisdom through the voices of the elders. From Friday night through Sunday supper you’ll enjoy an abundance of conversation and experiential learning around the sacred fire with a group of international elders. We are very pleased to offer a children’s program this year and for the fourth consecutive year we will be presenting the Sacred Fire Foundation's Wisdom Fellowship Award.


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