Category: Around the Fire

Four Girls Become Young Women Through Sacred Fire’s Initiation

The Sacred Fire Lifeways Women’s Initiation Council is proud to announce that four young women were initiated into adulthood on July 13, 2019.

We wish to acknowledge the learning and hard work that they accomplished and to introduce them: Calista from Ontario (CANADA); Dale from New York (USA); Emma from North Carolina (USA); and Myisha from Massachusetts (USA)

We also wish to acknowledge our outstanding staff of 10 women and four men who supported the week-long ritual: Amber Van Cleave, Andrea Jacobson, Angela Ocone, Jane Jackson, Jen Collins, Katarina Diss, Katie Troy, Leah Watterson, Sherry Morgan, Wendy Kaas, Adam Laufer, Colin Lenhart, Eduardo Deneke, and Gary Weidner. It takes a village to do this work and hold the space for transformation to occur. Thanks to Paige Schlake, Heidi Griswold, Cassandra Starks, and Laurie Perla of the Grand Junction community. And thanks to those who supported this work through your donations and community fires.

Sacred Emergence: Initiation into Adulthood for Young Women is offered in the summertime. Are you or someone you know age 16-24? Applications are accepted year-round.

Deanna Jenné, Jessica De la O, and Lisa Lichtig
Lifeways Women’s Initiation Council

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Voices of Wisdom Southeast (USA) October 5-6

In partnership with Sacred Fire Greensboro, North Carolina, the Sacred Fire Foundation is pleased to announce a very special Voices of Wisdom, to be held October 5-6, 2019, featuring two well-respected women elders, Pahan Pte San Win (Lakota, Cree & Metis) and Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat (Mohawk).

These elders will speak to time-tested wisdom that has been passed down and refined through the generations and which they have each embodied through their own work and experience in the world. Please join us! While this Voices of Wisdom will focus on how we can help and be helped through the troubled times we live in, your sincere questions and expressed concerns will guide the conversation.

Help spread the word, especially to those who live within easy traveling distance from North Carolina, USA!

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There’s still time to sign up for Fire Speaks in Massachusetts!

The Concord, Massachusetts (USA) Sacred Fire community is busy preparing to host Fire Speaks on August 24. This is an opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy the company of long-standing ones; to spend time connecting, listening to drumming, sharing and slowing down enough to savor relationships with each other. In the evening, after a shared meal and afternoon activities, those gathered will hear and feel the wisdom and recalibrating presence of “Grandfather Fire,” as He responds to questions about how humans can meet their challenges and move through life in a good way.

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Part 5: Firekeepers, I Love You for being good role models, being committed, and for seeing the big picture

Firekeepers, I Love You: Part 5

Sacred Fire Firekeepers, you are unique individuals who have some very special qualities that help you to do what you do. You open your homes and hearts to people just like the readers of our posts—people who live in communities in seven countries (and growing)—to come and be human beings together around the fire, just as we humans have always done. Thousands of people each year come to your Sacred Fires for community, connection, healing and growth.

In this final podcast in her series, fire-goer Erin Everett shares three more qualities that Sacred Fire Firekeepers possess and model for her and for their communities.

If you happen to be reading this and listening to our podcasts, feel free to tell your story of what fire or Firekeepers have done for you in the comments of this post.

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Passing on Wisdom: Sharing Lessons Learned

Kyle Steele interviews Patrick Hanaway

In a recent conversation, young adult Kyle Steele sought counsel from Asheville NC (USA) Sacred Fire Firekeeper, Patrick Hanaway. The two spoke about many things, including how the courage to learn from mistakes helps to foster wisdom, and how this wisdom can be passed on to future generations.

Kyle: Patrick, what is the most important thing that you have learned at your age?

Patrick: The most important thing that I’ve learned is that everything is in relationship and connection. And when I say that, I don’t just mean between us as human beings; I mean us as human beings in relationship to all of the other-than-human beings also. Everything that is here: this beautiful tree, the air, the frogs that we hear in the background, the air, the weather, everything…we are meant to be in conscious relationship to it. We are, in fact, intimately connected to the world and it is so easy to forget that. I think that we know this when we are really young and then it gets taught out of us, and we forget by the time we are 2 or 3 years old. And yet this kind of relationship holds the seeds of our healing as humans.

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Part 4: Firekeepers, I Love You for your mistakes, your sacrifice, and your learning

Firekeepers, I Love You: Part 4

Who do you know who is good at making mistakes? Do you know people who put their community before themselves or value life-long learning? In her fourth podcast, Erin Everett, who attends Sacred Fire community fires, shares her experience of these qualities in the Firekeepers she knows.

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Sacred Fire Outreach: Interested in joining our team?

The Sacred Fire Outreach production team is tight-knit and devoted to the work at hand, which is to extend the invitation for modern human beings to come to the fire once again. We love it, and you will, too! Do you want to help people get off the computer and TV and experience the laughter, sharing, transformation and healing medicine of Fire?

Right now, we have two specific needs: 1) Transcriptionist: someone who is willing to take video and audio content and transcribe to text, so we can use elements of that for written work. 2) Fire Story Content Manager: ideal for someone who likes to engage with people creatively. This is a fun role for someone organized, dedicated, and great at seeing a project through from start to finish. You will get to reach out and ask people to talk about how they have been touched and changed by community fires and Sacred Fire’s other fiery offerings, working with them to bring their short Fire Stories to completion.

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Registration Open for Fire Speaks in Harvard, MA

Sacred Fire Concord is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the August 24 Fire Speaks in Harvard, MA (USA), which they will be hosting. The event will be held on a beautiful farm, amidst an organic orchard and sculpture garden. The land there has been honored and used for ceremonial purpose for years; both the land and its caretakers are offering a big welcome to the Sacred Fire Community.

It is also not too late to register for the July 27 Olympia, WA (USA) Fire Speaks. All Fire Speaks events are family friendly and good for the soul!

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Becoming an Adult in Today’s World

An interview with Sacred Fire attendee Olivia Woodford.

We asked Olivia Woodford to share some words of wisdom about the human journey, as it relates in particular to finding purpose and direction in life. In this interview, Olivia also speaks to her relationship with the Sacred Fire community, and how this helps her stay on the path of Heart.

Olivia, can you share with our readers, what is your compass in life?
I think my compass in life is, “Do I feel good?” And feeling good doesn’t necessarily mean being happy or even necessarily being relaxed, but I can feel when I am aligned. When I’m aligned, it’s like everything begins to move, or I feel like I am getting carried or being held, and so when I am aligned, I feel I am moving in relationship with life.  And so I look for that alignment.

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Lifecycle Living: The Next Phase of Becoming

By Jen Collins, Assistant Director, Lifeways

Over the past two years, Sacred Fire Community Lifeways has brought 12 Life Cycle Living presentations to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Thank you to all who have attended and contributed so many thoughtful ideas infused with energy and heart! What you have given us is rich and full of life.

Soon our team will use all this juicy data to sift, sort, debate and dream into a 5-YEAR plan for new Lifeways offerings! If you came to a Life Cycle Living presentation, you know that re-discovering this experiential way of living in alignment with the cycles of nature and human life can be an exciting journey of learning.

We will update you on how our meetings go and how we intend to see this vision through for generations to come. Wish us luck and good planning!!

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Standing in the Mystery, Bringing Forth New Life

Sacred initiation is a doorway for a young person to become an adult, plain and simple. If done in a good way, a person participating in this ritual will be truly transformed; they will never go back to being the same person they were before. What is it like for an initiate, moving forward into the world as an adult? In 2017, Cassandra Starks of Grand Junction, Colorado, USA stepped through the doorway of Sacred Fire Community’s young women’s initiation, called Sacred Emergence. She is now entering yet another phase of life: she is recently married and is becoming a mother! We caught up with her to ask a few questions.

Sacred Fire: Cassandra, who were you before initiation and what have you become because of it?

Cassandra: I don’t think much changed visibly on the outside after Sacred Emergence. I wore the same clothes, my hair, eyes and skin color were still the same. I didn’t lose or gain any weight. I looked the same. And yet I felt completely different. Something drastic within myself had shifted. I finally felt connected to myself in a way that I never was before. I had gained greater understanding of my values, gifts and passions, an incredible appreciation of what it truly means to be a woman, and was empowered by my emotions and feelings, rather than simply trying to avoid them. Showered with the love, support, wisdom and guidance of women, I began to grow a new understanding of myself and how to be in relationship with others and with the world as a human being.

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Around the Fire

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