Deanna has been actively involved with women’s circles since 1989. Her work with women is about reclaiming the innate relationship to the divine and the mysterious nature of the feminine within their lives and the lives of communities. From this place, women find a place to stand rooted and strong, authentic and purposeful.
Women’s Work is about restoring and maintaining harmony and balance with all our relations by honoring and celebrating the cyclical nature of life. It’s about guiding our adolescent girls to become mature women with social and spiritual integrity. And it’s about helping our women remember who they are, their purpose in the world and how to manifest their gifts.
“Deanna creates a safe container in which self-exploration and healing are possible. Without her guidance, I would not have entered my darkness to begin the essential healing needed to embrace the fullness of my life.” Michelle B., PA
The vital and timeless ritual of initiation has been lost in our culture, leaving young people confused about their purpose and their relationship to the whole of life. Without the guidance and support of ritual and community, the powerful drives and overwhelming emotions of the initiatory age can lead to destructiveness and turmoil or to the sublimation of the heart’s true calling. Sacred Emergence is a powerful initiation for girls into womanhood. In claiming the sacred feminine in her life, a young woman connects with her inherent gift to create and to become the person she was born to be.
Initiates from the 2011 Sacred Emergence Ritual with Deanna and Karen.
The next Sacred Emergence ritual will be in July 2013. Click here to learn more about Initiation into Womanood for 2013.
Ukalai - Lifeways Women's Retreat
The Sacred Fire Community's Ukalai Lifeways Women’s Retreat offers women restoration and balance in a world of linear, fast-moving action. By taking the time to reconnect to the essential being of the feminine, to unlock forgotten pathways to the heart, and to improve the relationship dynamics with the masculine, you will remember a woman’s innate gift of bringing harmony and balance to your life, your family and, ultimately, the community. As busy, active women, we must take time out for restoration in order to remember our true role and purpose in the world. Ukalai is designed to be your annual retreat.
Listen to Deanna speak about Ukalai on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz75k2skv_Y&feature=player_embedded
Deanna co-facilitates, with Sherry Boatright, this four-day retreat one to four times a year in various parts of the United States, Mexico and soon in the UK and Australia. See our Calendar of Events and contact her for more information, or download the flier.
“The Women's Retreat provided an opportunity for me to go within myself and, at the same time, be in a warm and supportive community of women, in a sacred, natural setting. Feeling safe and protected, it was life-altering to be able to let go and touch the spark of Divine in myself and others. The retreat leaders were the perfect combination of wisdom, caring, humility, and guidance. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to deepen their connection to the natural world and strengthen their relationship to life.” Jennifer, New Orleans
Women’s Four-Day Healing Gatherings
It’s easy to lose ourselves at the smorgasbord of our domestic life. Women have a need to be together; we are relational beings, after all. We need to regain our confidence and our spiritual connection to Mother Earth, reclaim our wild nature and relate at a very deep level. We need to have fun as we rediscover ourselves, learning to be leaders in our community and remembering our inherent role as women in the world, again and again and again.
Deanna offers one- to three-day Women’s Gatherings in Colorado and Utah. The multi-day gatherings are usually camp-outs built around a seasonal theme related to the divine feminine nature. To find out more, see our Calendar of Events and contact us.
I have attended workshops on the medicine wheel, on the changing seasons and have participated in a traditional temazcalli (sweat lodge) with Deanna. I always come away with new teachings, a deeper connection with myself, others and the power of the earth." Debra Patton-Davis of Colorado
The Art of Women’s Fire Circles
Deanna offers counsel to women on how to create effective Women’s Circles with Fire at the center. The circle is a natural way of gathering people where every voice is welcome and heard. We come together with a receptive attitude to speak thoughtfully and listen deeply, thereby connecting to our hearts and one another. By honing our leadership abilities, we discover powerful ways to be of service to our communities.
Deanna is an initiated Firekeeper in the Sacred Fire Community. She will visit your women’s circle, help you create a women’s circle, offer teleconference workshops and provide counsel for your own women’s circles. See our Calendar of Events and contact her for more information.
“The Women's Circles undertaken in NT last year with guidance from Deanna and later her physical presence were a profound testament to how Women's Medicine can balance and ground an entire group/shamanic project.” R. Menadau, Australia
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