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Taking Time to Grow Ourselves

There is such richness when we are witnessed and supported by community, as we learn and grow into what it is to be human, through the various stages of life. Sometimes community comes in the form of a pop-up “village,” during a profound time spent together over several days.

Gift yourself with one of the following opportunities to take some time “out of time” to remember and rediscover something essential about yourself. See the Sparks (events) section below for a list of upcoming Men’s and Women’s annual gatherings.

Sacred Emergence, which supports initiation into adulthood for young women, will take place July 26-August 2. Applications are due by February 15, 2020.

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Two Fire Events…on Your Journey to Mexico!

Just as autumn in the Northern Hemisphere still graces us with a rich tapestry of colors, harvest festivals, and hot apple cider, there are many Sacred Fire events still to be enjoyed before the end of the year! On December 7, 2019, the Tepoztlán, Morelos (Mexico) community will host Fire Speaks, which is connected to a special annual Protection Ritual for the local community.

The 7th annual Prosperity Ritual Harvest will also take place in Tepoztlán, on December 12. Why not make a wonderful week of it in this very special community and attend both?! Contact Ana Cortes for details.

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It’s a New Day for Sacred Fire!

After two years and more than 500 hours of dedicated effort, Sacred Fire has launched a new website. Featuring a more focused and clarified identity, fresh logos and branding, and stronger orientation, the new web presence is meant to serve as a calling card for your friends and an introduction for those who have not yet heard of Sacred Fire.

We hope you will take a bit of quiet time and explore the new site. Then, invite your family, friends, professional and social networks to check out our site, too. Let’s spread the gifts of Sacred Fire, which we have come to appreciate, so that others can benefit from the warmth as well.

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Warmth and Wisdom to Transform the Cold

Sacred Fire’s unique and transformative remedy for the challenges of the human condition was our focus during the annual Sacred Fire organization summer meetings this past August 2019. It’s hard to express the magic all of us feel when devoting ourselves to opening the way for meaning and warmth to fill the cultures and communities that gather around our fires. The only thing we can say is, come join us in this Great Endeavor!

Do you feel called to help in this work that’s so relevant to our times? Many hands and hearts brighten the work, and we’d love to help you discover how your unique talents can be warmly received.

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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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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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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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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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Summer is heating up!

The summer of 2019 is heating up in the best possible way and we have the gift of Grandfather Fire’s presence to thank for that. One more Fire Speaks event, to be hosted by the Concord, MA (USA) community has been added to the line-up on August 24. In addition, the precious and time-limited opportunity to receive guidance in this way will be available in Galway, Ireland June 14-16, and in Olympia, WA (USA) July 27. As important on these occasions is the truly warm-hearted, authentic and unique experience of welcome that is created by the respective host communities.

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Share Your Gifts, Make a Difference

Are you wondering how you can bring your gifts forward to make the most difference and help the most people?

As the Director of Events for Sacred Fire, I have learned a lot about how to create community, be inclusive and serve others. And I’ve also learned, more hands really do make lighter (and more fun) work!

Do you feel called to a relationship with Fire?
Are you detailed oriented and organized?
Do you love to work with a variety of people worldwide?
Do you have skills or interest in getting the word out through social media and promotion?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I invite you to accept this invitation to make an important difference in the world: Join the Sacred Fire Events Team.

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Around the Fire

Around the Fire is the newsletter of the Sacred Fire Community and is published once or twice a month as needed.

If you’re new to Sacred Fire, here are three ways to learn more:

  1. Find a local Fire and experience it first hand.
  2. Visit our web site.
  3. Subscribe to Around the Fire and discover more about our deep community.
  4. Follow us on social media (see footer of page)

Around the Fire is published by the Sacred Fire Outreach team:

Director
Bill Sutton

Strategic Direction
Karen Fernandez
Lawrence Messerman
Bill Sutton

Editorial Team
Erin Everett
Christine Staub
Linda Azar

Web Publishing
Sally Casper
Britt Espinosa

Graphic Design
Malowany Creative
Leticia Gamboa
Sylvia Law

Social Media
Erin Everett
Abigail Murray-Nikkel

Database Administrator
Linda Felch

Event Support
Heidi Griswold

Web Design and Development
Malowany Creative
Living Magic LLP

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