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Corn teaches us how to grow community, and Fire is at the center of community.  “Fire is the glue that holds community together,” Deanna explains.  Fire is at the center of all traditions.  Grandfather Fire has been known as the great shaman, the wise old man and provocative teacher for all time within the Huichol tradition and now for our time.  

On the surface, it looks simple and ordinary. We sit together by the fire, getting to know each other, sharing our lives, laughing and crying with each other. But the Fire and ritual space and the openings they create have a lasting effect in your life as you go back into the world.  Over time, we begin to live more according to our birthright, supported as we move through our life.

At an audience with Grandfather Fire in Colorado in 2004, he said:

“Do you have the courage
to expose your mind
to the heat of my light,
to the true love of my heart,
to take your place in the world
no matter what the world looks like?”

The Teachings of
Grandfather Fire
Heard Around the Fire

The heart has a direct connection to Divine. Hear the heart's voice as you've never heard it before. This book will hand you the tools necessary to navigate your life through these troubled times. You'll learn to distinguish between heart and mind, understand the difference between pain and suffering, and discover how to live with joy. You'll find new ways to think about your emotions, relationships, spiritual practice and life purpose. These teachings carry a powerful medicine for your soul. You'll discover that the world around you is alive and full of wonderment.  To order, click here.


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Ignite Your Heart

Sitting by the fire satisfies a primal need in us; there is something delightful in being out in the elements, warmed by the fire as we connect with friends. Consecrated Community Fires can deepen this experience and effect. 

Fire itself embodies divinity, transformation, warmth and passion.  And it is present in all spiritual traditions. Just as we have all the great elements within us, throughout the ages Fire has been seen as the energy of “heart.”  In this modern world, we need more of its warmth, its light and clarity and its rebalancing energy.


Community Fires - Gary and Deanna are Firekeepers within the Sacred Fire Community; they are trained and initiated as tradition-holders to provide a sacred space once a month for people to come together and experience the beauty and fellowship of the world we live in. They have been hosting monthly fires for the past ten years and have a lifelong commitment to set the fire and hold the space for people to gather around, just as humans have done since the first flame appeared. Sitting at the fire is at the heart of Growing Corn. It is a foundational tool for nurturing community.

They have participated in sprouting the Sacred Fire Community, an international organization, have nurtured it to produce a sturdy stalk, and now it is growing corn of many colors. The Sacred Fire Community is not a tradition. It is an umbrella to protect and honor many traditions and offer shelter, light and warmth by the fire for all.

The Colorado Grand Valley Hamlet Community Fires are held every third Saturday in Grand Junction and every first Saturday in Mesa. Contact us or see our Calendar of Events to find out more about the community fires in Mesa and Grand Junction, Colorado.  

Specialty Fires - Together, Gary and Deanna offer a Specialty Fire called Living From the Heart: Conversations with Community. This Fire is for anyone who may want to expand their connection to divine, the natural world, to explore and even live in community. Everyone has something to teach and we all have a lifetime of learning. To be open to learning is to grow; this special fire encourages openness of heart to lifelong learning. Please contact us to find out more about Living from the Heart, and discover where these specialty fires are being held around Colorado and the United States by visiting our Calendar of Events. 

More Connection to Fire – There are Sacred Fire Community Fires around the world, and you are always welcome to attend one, anywhere you go! A related non-profit organization, the Sacred Fire Foundation, supports initiatives that honor and sustain traditional wisdom and indigenous spiritual approaches. This foundation produces Sacred Fire Magazine, dedicated to stories that allow us to still the mind and listen to the world speaking. In addition, our Blue Deer Center is a retreat to help you connect with the natural world and your heart through traditional wisdom. To find out more about these offerings, visit www.sacredfirecommunity.org.

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