Who We Are
In these challenging and uncertain times, an ageless connection is still here to help.
Why fire now?
In these times of uncertainty and rapid change, it is common to feel increasingly disconnected from ourselves, each other, and the world. As the energy of transformation, Fire is a primordial healing presence for all of us. In the natural world Fire burns away deadwood and decay, allowing forests to be reborn into lushness. Likewise, our hearts long to burn away fear and worn-out patterns, allowing us a fresh start to rebuild life-sustaining connections.
We humans have had a relationship with Fire for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of years. Some anthropologists estimate that the first human use of fire was 800,000 years ago, and that for the ancestors of our ancestors, opening this relationship was the defining spark in human awareness. Since ancient times, Fire has been seen as the essence of Heart—both individually and communally—holding our deepest knowing, wisdom, and the awakening connection to who we are, to each other, and to the greater world.
The mission of Sacred Fire is to help people expand and enrich their relationships through the connective and transformative power of Fire, providing a doorway to healing, growth, and learning for people, their families, and their communities.
In short, our mission is to burn away the isolation of modern life with the connective and transformative gift of Fire.
Our vision is of a world where people from all walks of life regularly gather around the light and transformative warmth of Fire to connect, heal, work through conflicts, and renew their sense of purpose. In this world, people move through life’s cycles with courage, dignity, and learning, giving birth to deep wisdom as they age.
Registered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization, Sacred Fire provides gathering spaces—just as Fire has done throughout human history—where people can connect with community and awaken healing insight into their lives and what’s going on in our world.
What We Offer
Lifeways Programs provide support and practical approaches to help us move through the phases and transitions that we experience in our lives.
Community Fires offer an inclusive space where all people—regardless of tradition, political persuasion, or walk of life—can gather in an atmosphere of genuine respect to experience the gifts of Fire and community. We host community fires in countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In Fire Speaks audiences, traditional healer Don David Wiley allows his body to be used as a conduit by the spirit of Fire to converse with those in attendance. This may seem somewhat strange or even impossible, but this is a role that is recognized and respected in many traditional cultures. Fire Speaks provides a rare opportunity to receive counsel from the spirit of Fire directly. Many have found these audiences to be fun and heartfelt, giving rise to powerful and enduring effects on their lives.
Outreach Initiatives include bringing awareness to Sacred Fire offerings by publishing our monthly e-newsletter, Around the Fire, spreading the Fire on social media, and other efforts to ignite the values of inclusion, respect for the natural world, and healing wisdom that come from our mutual connection with Fire.