December 9 – 12, 2021

Winter Healing Retreat in Nature

with Eliot Cowan

We all yearn to be free of illness. And we long to feel connected… to our purpose, to each other and the natural world. How do we nurture that heartfelt yearning? We have tried different approaches. They are helpful, yet still we wonder, could there be more?

Your stay at this three day Residential Healing Retreat includes daily private sessions of Traditional Huichol Healings, time for contemplation and reflection, gathering with social distancing around the fire, and many opportunities to connect with the natural world. A teaching Fire ceremony is offered to participants on the second evening.

What are Traditional Huichol Healings?
Eliot Cowan as a Tsurirrikame brings the ancient medicine of the Huichol People Homelands and makes it available for you at the sacred land of Blue Deer Center.

Before your arrival to your healing session he will have consecrated a fire. He will have fasted, sung and prayed to the gods that his medicine might benefit you. When you join him, the two of you will have conversations about your dreams, as well as your health, relationships and life conditions. Eliot might offer you counsel. He might reach into his bag and bring out waters, stones, and feathered wands charged with divine blessings.

Experiences during these treatments:

  • You might feel you are part of the natural world once more.
  • You might discover meaning and purpose in your life.
  • Maybe stored-up grief or anger or heartache surges up and out of you.
  • Maybe you rediscover your love for your family or partner.
  • The illness or conflict you brought with you may be lightened or lessened.

The natural world has been helping people for thousands of years, and its help is needed now more than ever.

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.

“The healing I have received from Eliot over the years has brought me deep transformation; it saved my life and brought me home to my true self. Now I attend 2-4 healing programs per year to nurture and heal my body, heart, and soul. These sacred days have become a vital part of my routine healthcare. I look forward to them with joyful anticipation and immense gratitude.”
– India Rose, Concord, MA


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

Tuition is: $1,075
Residential: Lodging & Food for a private room with shared bathroom: $585  
We have a few private rooms with private bathroom: $660
Commuter option: $350 includes all meals and facility fees
We provide simple living accommodations. Due to the pandemic we are giving everyone a single private room with a shared bathroom. Couples will be sharing a room. Meals include dinner on the first night through lunch on the last day and three nights of lodging.  All of the meals are sourced locally and organically as much as possible and are made fresh daily by our chef, Liza. 
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
We do not offer a commuter option for healing programs. 
Please plan to arrive at the Blue Deer Center between 4 and 6 pm on the first day. This program will be over in the afternoon of the last day. 
Travel information can be found by clicking on the link on your registration confirmation or by clicking here.
Everyone must take a COVID-19 test with negative results within the week before this program and email to
Please contact Linda at with any questions about this program or registration.
Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel more than 14 days prior to arrival entitles you to a full refund of tuition minus 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.

  • All Refunds will be processed within 2 weeks of cancellation.

**During this time of the pandemic, if you are experiencing any symptoms or are compromised in any way, please cancel your reservation. You will receive your full refund, no questions asked.