How might your life be different?

How might your life be different if there were a place for you to go…a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman…a place where you could be nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself. A place of women to help you find and trust the ancient flow already there within yourself…waiting to be released… A place of women…

Circle of Stones by Judith Duerk

Beginning at puberty the feminine doorway opens.  As a girl stands at the threshold she begins the process toward initiation, deepening to the mystery of life. Sacred Emergence – Initiation into Womanhood is a sacred rite of passage that provides a foundation and an opening for self-awareness to emerge. The ritual ushers her through a doorway where womanhood is honored and expressed and the essential components for life come together. In claiming the sacred feminine in her life, the young woman connects to her inherent gift to create, and with gained competence, makes a new commitment to life to become the person she was born to be.

The ritual is designed to address and foster a deeper connection to the natural world we live in. It is led by elders of the Sacred Fire Community who are trained and experienced in providing and holding a safe container and ritual space for people of modern culture. Within the container that is created, deep ancestral wisdom is honored for the sake of fostering a deeper connection and transformation for each individual.

Applications are now being accepted. The Initiation Council welcomes and encourages girls who have reached puberty and young women up to age 25 to begin the inquiry process. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25. Initiation into Womanhood ritual will be held July 2013. To receive more information or an application, contact Sacred Emergence. Once accepted, initiation candidates are required to make a three month commitment to the preparation leading up to the ritual.

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Deanna Jenne’ has dedicated her life to developing community and healing. She is an initiated marakame (shaman) in the Huichol tradition and a granicero (weather worker) in the Nahuatl tradition both of Mexico. Through these initiated paths, she has dedicated her life to community as a healer and spiritual consultant, a ceremonial and ritual leader and a Firekeeper. Deanna has been involved with women’s circles for over 20 years and now provides guidance and ritual leadership. She is a member of the Council of Elders for both Initiation into Womanhood and the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing and is a co-coordinator for the Sacred Fire Community Lifeways women’s programs. With her husband, Gary Weidner, she is building an intentional residential community in western Colorado.


Karen Aberle is a healer and a teacher.  A shaman initiated in the Huichol tradition, she has been working with individuals, couples, and organizations for over 20 years, helping people and communities open to the divine, dance with the Gods, and bring forth connection and healing.  She sits on the Initiation Into Womanhood Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Deer Center, a retreat center for ancestral teachings in the Catskills. As part of the Sacred Fire Community Lifeways program, Karen serves on the Death and Dying Council and she and her husband, Cristian Valenzuela, offer couples’ retreats that bring forth a new understanding of partnership and collaboration, and build essential life skills of working with breakdown and conflict as a way to bring forth greater satisfaction.

Discover Sacred Emergence, the Sacred Fire Community Lifeways initiation for girls into womanhood.

Discover Sacred Awakening, the Sacred Fire Community Lifeways initiation for boys into manhood.

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