Retreat Center Re-Launching In The Catskills – 90 acres in  Margaretsville for Ancestral Traditional Shaman
MARGARETVILLE, NY, April 25th, 2009 — Blue Deer Center (BDC), a 501(c)3 non-profit retreat center, founded by Eliot Cowan, author of Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants, shaman in the Huichol Indian tradition and Plant Spirit Medicine. Nestled on a ninety-acre rural and peaceful setting, cradled by the tranquil mountains of the Catskills, adjacent to the cleansing waters of the Plattekill River in New York, BDC provides programs led by internationally acclaimed healers and teachers. 
This intimate setting, accommodating up to fifty guests, provides a safe, clear and relaxed atmosphere to encourage deep and purposeful healing of the mind and spirit.  In times past, the indigenous peoples held council fires at this place.  Here they resolved conflicts and found healing.  Today the wisdom of the land speaks again through the many programs offered at the Blue Deer Center.
The myriad of offerings by teachers in ancestral traditions include: Colin Campbell, and Niall Campbell from Botswana, South Africa, Malidoma Somé from Dano, Burkina Faso, West Africa, who joins ancestral traditions with western learning. Somé, grandson of a shaman, obtained PhD’s from Brandeis and the Sorbonne Universities. Other scheduled programs at the Blue Deer Center this year include free monthly “Community Fire Events” providing warmth and connection with one another in a protected, safe and nurturing setting for a shared human experience. Visit for BDC’s roster of additional presenters.
At a time when our institutions and ecosystems are collapsing, the Blue Deer Center presents traditional teachings and practices proven for millennia to provide balance and sustainability. These traditions recognize that the support of human life is the natural world:  the plants, animals, sun, air, earth, water and so on.  The world, they teach, is alive and aware.  When we relate to it with respect and love, the world responds.  It brings healing, purpose, and fulfillment to ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Michael J. Fox, in an interview on the David Letterman show, spoke of his experience with the indigenous people of Bhutan. While in the Himalayan Mountains he found the Bhutanese measured something they called the “Gross National Happiness.”  He stated, “They make government decisions with an eye towards whether or not the decision will increase the happiness of their people.  Community connection and a sense of purpose are important values to the Bhutanese.”  And they are important values to the Blue Deer Center…
Enjoy us, Visit us, Be at peace with us….
For more information and a full calendar of programs, please visit: Blue Deer Center at: or call 845-586-3225
The Wisdom of The Past is the Seed of the Future
Blue Deer Center: A Healing Retreat Center and Home for Ancestral Traditions
Blue Deer Center Presents The 5th Annual Plant Spirit Medicine Conference:
“Coming Out of the Cold and Into the Bloom of Life”
Eliot Cowan, acclaimed author, teacher, and Master of Acupuncture from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, England has gained acclaim by invoking the spirits of plants to support his clients’ healing.  In doing this he rediscovered the ancient practice of Plant Spirit Medicine. Cowan works both in this country and with the Huichol people of Mexico, having studied and practiced under the late Don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios, a gifted and legendary Huichol Indian Healer.
This exciting and deeply effective process of Plant Spirit Medicine teaches us how to utilize to full measure, the essence of plants for healing of the mind, body and spirit.  Humans and plants have shared this planet for eons, “We are family,” expresses Cowan. “Using our plant kinship as medicine can nurture and heal us in a spiritual and transformative manner.” This conference encourages and asks us to look at the plant-to earth-and plant-to-human and human-to plant relationship as we have not explored before. We are asked to expand our reality to where healing has a free flowing path.
Please join us at the Plant Spirit Medicine events at the Blue Deer Center held on:
May 26-28, 2009:  Plant Spirit Medicine Advanced Class with Eliot Cowan.
May 29-31, 2009:  Plant Spirit Medicine Conference.
July 9-13, 2009:  Healing Camp with Eliot Cowan.
For more information visit: or call 845-586-3225
Blue Deer Center Presents
2009 Lifeways ‘Ukalai’ Women’s Retreat June 4-8th, 2009
Where Creating Better Lives and Sustainable Living Is Learned and Practiced Through Indigenous Cultural Teachings and Authentic Ancestral Wisdom.
MARGARETVILLE, New York, June 4-8, 2009 — This incredibly progressive, yet ancient transformative women’s Lifeways Ukalai retreat explores the definition of Ukalai, which is a pilgrimage to our soul and feminine connection in order to bring about restoration. Ukalai is an indigenous word that means “a woman who has reached a level of maturity and by doing so is now able to be fully responsible for her role within herself and her community and family.” She emerges as the woman she always was by tapping into inward knowledge and her true self. Through this restorative process Ukalai renews and rejuvenates our station in the world by coming forth; clearly envisioning a woman’s direction and relationship to others in the world. Not unlike a debutante’s coming out ball, this process unleashes the woman with freedom of heart and spirit with an ever deeper connection and transformation to growth, life, healing and nature, which is the core inspiration of this ancient practice.
This retreat helps to redefine for ourselves our cultural losses in this intensely competitive and incessantly driven modern world. Our time for healing and reflection and nature is but briefly glimpsed in the wild procession of our lives. Lost to our non-stop lives is the community of learning and healing and wisdom of council of elders for support, guidance and sacred reflection. Women’s role in the community and world has evolved to a point of frenzy.
It is our birthright to be whole and spiritually fit. To discover the essence of woman’s life with balance, harmony, support and authentic natural people who share their sacred knowledge and wisdom. Lifeways ‘Ukalai’ Women’s Retreat opens the door to these gifts. Join us on our journey, we are waiting to hold your hand and walk beside you…
2009 Lifeways ‘Ukalai’ Women’s Retreat is June 4-8, 2009. Thursday, June 4, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, June 5,  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is held at Blue Deer Center (BDC) 1155 County Route 6 Margaretville, New York  12455
Tickets:  Registration deadline, May 21, 2009. Call 845-586-3225 ext. 4, or online at  Tuition with three organic meals and sleeping accommodation is $795.00. Public info: email Linda Felch,   
Event Facilitators:  Sherry Boatright, and Deanna Jenne, are both Lifeways Sacred and gifted Community Healers and will be available for healing sessions call 970-241-7256.
Blue Deer Center Presents: Wisdom Keepers Weekend Series
June 19-21, 2009 with Cynthia Walker: Friends of the Indigenous Elders
June 26-28th, 2009 with Bob and Lee Nitsch
Legends of Seneca:  The Ancient Oral Tradition of Story Telling
Blue Deer Center welcomes Cynthia Walker as part of BDC’s Wisdom Keepers first weekend series from June 19-21. A Hawaiian native, Cynthia was dedicated at six months of age to the Goddess Pele. Cynthia Walker has spent her years working with the “Friends of the Indigenous Elders,” whose mission is to sustain human rights and self-determination of indigenous people with a myriad of scientific indigenous knowledge, “healing all living things through mother earth.” Cynthia was initiated in 1998 as a priestess in the Mayan tradition.
Friday night’s program will introduce the Mayan Calendar and Saturday will be devoted to the of study the energies of the 20 day signs, in preparation for the Fire Ceremony on Saturday evening. Through indigenous Mayan traditions, participants in this workshop will learn how to restore balance and harmony in their personal and daily lives.
June 26-28th, join us for BDC’s second event in the Wisdom Keepers Weekend Series. Seneca storytelling is an ancient oral tradition of communication centuries old which exposes the Senecan philosophy of Earth Wisdom, prophecy and ancient ways of rhythm and harmony. The weekend is facilitated by Lee and Bob Nitsch, president and program coordinator at the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge of the Seneca Indian Historical Society.  Lee is an accomplished herbalist, social worker and motivational speaker with 30 years experience in spiritual growth and healing. Bob’s experience includes teaching and motivational speaking as well as being a musician, composer and writer. He was raised in the Seneca tradition on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Western New York following in the indigenous footsteps of his ancestors.
In the 1970’s, Guiding Light Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, was designated to preserve the Wolf Clan teachings by her maternal grandfather. Twylah was one of the first Senecan people to honor this tradition reaching back to her 7th generation grandfather. She brought forth the original concepts and gifted us with them for our modern times, “so the teachings may live.” Bob and Lee Nitsch share Twylah’s native teachings with you in the tranquil setting of Blue Deer Center.
The event is kicked off Friday evening with an interactive drumming circle and then moves on to the weekend event ultimately fulfilling the Seneca Indian Historical Society’s vision through displays, programs, publications and recordings validating the tradition that: 1).  Joy and Trust create the Possibility for Love, and 2). Love and Truth secures Joy and Happiness.
In keeping with Blue Deer Center’s own traditional values of presenting programs and workshops bringing heart and spirit connection to our relationships with nature, ancestry and indigenous teachings, we invite you to partake in these weekend offerings of enlightenment, healing, connection and growth.

About Blue Deer Center
Blue Deer Center is located at: 1155 Old County Route 6, Margaretville, NY.12455.
For More Information, over night accommodations and pricing call 845-586-3225 ext. 4. On-Line Registration: Friday evening events: $10 donation. Weekend events: $50 donation.