September 26, 2021

Fall Headwaters Offerings

We go to the mountain and gather at a small spring which forms part of the headwaters of the river. We leave offerings from the bounty of the land. We make prayers of gratitude and honoring. We seek in this way to stay in good relationship with the waters and the sacred mountains.

AN INVITATION FOR YOU
Long ago in the Catskills, wise elders made fires and spoke to the sacred mountains watching over the land. “You give us great abundance,” the elders said. “What do you want from us in return?”

The mountains replied, “Here you find ample game, berries, medicine plants and the sweet sap of maple and birch. All these are brought forth from the waters running down our sides. If you would be in a good way with us, we ask that you honor the waters.”

Near the Blue Deer land stands a small sacred mountain. Springs flow on this mountain and join together to make the headwaters of a sacred river named Saskawihiwine. The river carries the voice of the land as it flows through what today is Blue Deer Center. In ancient times Saskawhihiwine identified the Blue Deer land as a sacred place of healing and conflict resolution.

Twice a year we go to the mountain and gather at a small spring which forms part of the headwaters of the river. We leave offerings from the bounty of the land. We make prayers of gratitude and honoring. We seek in this way to stay in good relationship with the waters and the sacred mountains. We ask that as the river flows down to New York City and Delaware Bay, the people of those places may benefit from ancestral teachings and healings carried in the sacred waters.

The Blue Deer Board of Directors invite you to attend this special ceremony to honor Saskawhihiwine on Sunday May 9, 2021.

Program

This semi-annual ceremony, performed in the Fall (in Gratitude for the Harvest) will be led by our founder, Eliot Cowan, assisted by Mara’akate who will be present.

  • We will leave from the Blue Deer parking lot promptly at 2:00pm please arrive early.
  • From there we will caravan to the trailhead to reach the headwaters.
  • Plan on being gone for around 2 hours.
  • Make sure to bring rubber boots, since we will walk through some wet territory.
  • Also, have rain pants and a rain jacket with you, regardless of the weather forecast.
  • Please do not bring your own offerings.

Blue Deer Center
Nestled in the Catskill Mountains on ninety three acres of land and forest, the Blue Deer Center is embraced by “Saskawhihiwine,” the river of peace. This land, known for millennia, as a place where conflict is resolved and illness gives way to health. Blessed things happen here that cannot happen even a short distance away, for this sacred place offers unique medicine that supports your healing and remembering your relationship to all of nature.

Details & Pricing

Registration
Registration is required for this event. There is no admission cost to attend. Free will donations to the Blue Deer will be gratefully accepted.

COVID-19 Protocols
We ask all participants to bring a mask to wear for the duration of the event. We will keep a distance of 6 feet or more at all times.

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