October 22 – 26, 2020

Sacred Partnership with the World

Living with Totem

with Eliot Cowan

COVID-19 precautions will be in effect for this program.



What if the natural world knew you perfectly well? What if it longed for your particular gifts even before you were born? What if it had arranged to give you what you need to bring forth those gifts?

What if the animals were in on this? What if they were wise and aware? What if some of them were interested in helping you? Could Snake be waiting to make your movements more fluid? Might Owl want to help you see what is dark and hidden? Maybe Jaguar can make you fierce when you need to be.

Honoring animals as wise elder brothers and sisters, our distant ancestors lived in sacred partnership with the world, receiving what they needed and offering back their gratitude. You can live that way too, for your soul is connected to certain animals waiting to help you. In this class you will identify and cultivate your animal totems, following respectful tradition. You will form partnerships to last you the rest of your life. And you will discover a source of health, relationships, work and self-knowledge you need.

The Animal Totem class opened a doorway for my healing and strengthened my connection to life and the divine. Working with the totems has opened the hidden fears/stuckness/lack of connection inside of me that I was unable to access or work with alone. The totems offer me the opportunity to see these things in a different way without my attachments. Their support creates a safe container in which I can work and honestly engage these areas.

Developing a relationship with the totems has helped me see that I am connected to them and all of life that is around me. Each totem has offered different areas of guidance and support for my journey. It is a commitment that has opened me to life. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with totems and develop a deep, evolving relationship with them.

-- a participant from Pennsylvania


Eliot Cowan

Mr. Cowan is best known for making accessible two treasures: the indigenous Huichol shamanistic tradition of Mexico and an approach to deep healing with the spirits of plants.

Details & Pricing

The cost of tuition for this program is $600.  Lodging in a private room and food costs $642.50.  

Please contact Linda at lindafelch@bluedeer.org with any questions you may have about this program or registration.

We offer the option of special meals for those with certain dietary restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free, gluten- and dairy-free). If you have other dietary restrictions, please email catering@bluedeer.org to discuss your needs.

Please plan to arrive at the Blue Deer Center between 4 and 6 pm on the first day. Dinner will be served the first night. This program will be over after breakfast on the last day (for commuters, late on the previous night). Details regarding transportation options can be found by clicking on the link on your registration confirmation or by clicking here

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation of your reservation more than 14 days prior to arrival entitles you to a full refund of tuition less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel 8 to 14 days prior to arrival, your program fee, less a $50 processing fee, will be held for you to use in another future program up to a year.  If you cancel 2 to 7 days prior to arrival, your program fee, less a $50 processing fee and food costs, will be held for you to use in another future program up to a year. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 48 hours before a program’s start date.


In the 14 days prior to program start, you are required to cancel your registration and all payments will be refunded to you in full if any of the following apply: 1) You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, 2) You have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 3) You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are required to self-isolate or 4) You are traveling from a place on the NY State list of Restricted States found here.