Hot News July 2012

Julia Butterfly and The Stand that Changed the World

Julia and LunaIn 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill took a stand. She climbed a thousand-year-old redwood to stop the clear-cutting of an ancient forest. She didn’t know it then, but she wouldn’t be leaving those branches for the next 738 days.


Julia and Luna (Photo: Barry Shainbaum).

Why would a young woman risk life and limb and endure isolation, hunger, and the rain and freezing temperatures of the coldest winter in northern California? Why would she continue on even when an angry logger killed her friend and fellow activist by dropping a tree on him? Why would she stay as the lumber company harassed her with helicopters and bullhorns, when she had to watch chainsaws felling ancient trees all around her day in and day out?  READ MORE…

Coverage of Julia’s stand on Dateline 2/14/99

View Julia descending from Luna in 1999.

How to invite your Friends to Take a Stand

…with Gratitude and Connection

By Madeline Merritt

By now, many of you are familiar with The Stand, the Sacred Fire Community’s call for all people to declare their intention to re-establish right relationship with the living world around them. Many of you have looked into your hearts and decided that you do align with this declaration: that you want to move in the world holding this prayer for community, meaning, and purpose in your lives.
This year is earth-shifting. Many of us can feel it… Suddenly, relationships around us are fluctuating, and we are able to move with more integrity and honor the voice of truth inside ourselves. Old barriers that we used like dams against our feelings and emotions are breaking down, and the floodgates of love and acceptance have opened. Maybe we are feeling sorrow or need for deep revolutionary change, but these needs are calling us sweetly, home.  READ MORE.

This is your Chance in the Hot Seat

Are you yearning for Reunion’s

Celebration of Deep Community

but lacking the Deep Pockets?

There’s a way!  We are raffling one free Reunion registration.

Raffle tickets on sale now

$25 each or 5 for $100.  Not only will the winner attend the Reunion for free ($440 value) but they’ll also have a premier seat at the Grandfather Fire (priceless).

More priceless raffle prizes to follow.


PULSE: Like family…and Yet…

This community has become like a family to me, and yet at times I don’t know exactly where I belong. I don’t have any lineage or tradition or spiritual manda to fulfill.
It leaves me feeling like I cannot truly be a part of things that everyone else in the family is doing. I often find myself not feeling included.
I battle my mind telling me that I’m not in the cool clubs, I’m not important enough, not wealthy enough, not valuable enough. Not allowed to be privy to what the “cool kids” are talking about. It’s like a middle school nightmare all over again.  But once I get over the mental crap, I realize that I’m really just a little sad.  READ MORE.

The Spirit of Deep Community

“There is such value in connecting and having a deeper, richer sense of yourself.  Your joy will ignite the coldness of other people.

It’s time to come out and bring your courage with you.”

It’s an exciting time to be alive! 2012 is the turning of the tide in our culture and our world.  Join us at Reunion 2012. MORE…

Fire stories

Have a story about deep community that needs to be told? Send it to us! We’ll prep it for publication and post it here.

May in the Sacred Fire Community Down Under.

In mid-May, David Wiley the Elder (and David Wiley the Younger!) brought the Ukilái Men’s Retreat to Alice Springs, a town situated on indigenous land cherished with 60,000 years of unbroken indigenous ritual.

It attracted men not only from our small town (pop. 27,000), but from all around Australia, and even one from the US!  READ MORE.


Come on the mysterious journey of Letting Go, guided by the soothing voice of Prema Sheerin and carried by the sublime healing bass flute music of Scott Sheerin. Allow yourself to release the cares, concerns and attachments that prevent you from resting deeply in the place of Awareness within – the nature of your own being.  ORDER NOW.

View more books, CDs and other fiery stuff in our Marketplace.


Have we pushed your buttons? Push back!

Lifeways Programs: Men’s Retreat (Ukilái)  

Men really need to voice what matters.

Two weeks before the retreat was due to begin, we had seven men confirmed. I knew about nine more that I felt would benefit deeply from it.

I kept reflecting: “How does one entice men to an event that they don’t have a frame of reference for?”

Meanwhile, I needed to visit some aboriginal men out on the homelands 300 miles away in the remote western part of the central desert. READ MORE.

…And the Food was good too!

The 2012 Men’s Retreat hosted at the Sacred Fire Community hearth of Roger and Reyna Menadue was one of the most transformative experiences in my life.


Upcoming Events

A Date with Mr Hot

6 July 2012

Clophill, Bedfordshire

The Way of Transition.

14 July 2012

Brookfield, Massachusetts

Grandfather Fire in Alice Springs, Australia

19 July 2012

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Exploring the Core Basis of Prayer.

20 July 2012

Bend, Oregon

Exploring the Core Basis of Prayer.

27 July 2012

Portland, Oregon

Grandfather Fire in Grand Junction, CO

28 July 2012

Grand Junction, Colorado

Mentoring Planning Retreat

2 August 2012

Weaverville, North Carolina

Grandfather Fire in Asheville, NC

4 August 2012

Weaverville, North Carolina

Sacred Fire Community Reunion

10 August 2012

Margaretville, New York

Grandfather Fire

25 August 2012

Toronto, Ontario

Getting Ready for Deep Relationships

8 September 2012

Malibu, California

Ukalai: A Retreat for Women

3 October 2012

Old La Sal, Utah

Getting Ready for Deep Relationships

6 October 2012

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Getting Ready for Deep Relationships

13 October 2012

Perth, Western Australia

Sacred Emergence

July 2013

Firework: Volunteer positions


Ancient Wisdom Rising

The Sacred Fire Community supports this event, and we hope to see you there!

Do you feel called to help the Sacred Fire Community’s sister organization, the Sacred Fire Foundation host this exciting event, which will take place November 9-11, 2012 at the Lodge at Simpsonwood?

If any of the following positions sing out to you, click on them for more information.

Contact SkyFox for more information.

Volunteer Coordinator

Transportation Coordinator

Audiovisual Coordinator

Marketing Manager

Grassroots Team Lead

Upcoming Events at the Blue Deer Center

July 2 – 5, 2012

Advanced Plant Spirit Medicine

July 6 – 9, 2012

The 8th Annual PSMA Conference

July 28 – August 2, 2012

Sacred Partnership with the World

August 10 -13, 2012

Sacred Fire Community Reunion

August 31 – September 7, 2012

Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training

September 21 – 24, 2012

The Music of Life

September 30 – October 5, 2012

Healing Camp with Eliot Cowan

A fresh outlook on modern culture

In these crucial times of change, Sacred Fire shows people what’s cooking.  

Warm, illuminating, provocative–with a force of heat and transformation–we shine a brilliant light on the joys and dangers of life.  Find out more…

We stand for the sacred and interconnected nature of all life.
By gathering in community and reestablishing our relationship with
the living world, we end the isolation of modern culture and build lives of
meaning and purpose. Stand with Us.

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