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Meet a Firekeeper: Reyna and Roger Menadue

Meet a Firekeeper: Reyna and Roger Menadue

Around the Fire caught up with Roger and Reyna Menadue, SFC Firekeepers in Alice Springs, Australia in late March 2016. Fellow Firekeeper Christine Staub conducted the interview. CS: Hello Reyna and Roger. I’m so glad you have the time to more…

MEET A FIREKEEPER:  Lucy Wells and Michael Locke

MEET A FIREKEEPER: Lucy Wells and Michael Locke

Christine Staub (North Carolina, USA SFC firekeeper) conducted the following interview for ATF. Lucy and Michael tend their hearth near Church Stretton, Shropshire County, Great Britain. Christine (CS): Hi Lucy. Hi Michael. It is so wonderful to get to talk more…

MEET A FIREKEEPER: Peter and Sharon Brown

MEET A FIREKEEPER: Peter and Sharon Brown

Christine Staub, SFC Firekeeper from Greensboro, NC, conducted the interview for us. ATF recently caught up with Peter and Sharon Brown, SFC Firekeepers in Olympia, Washington, U.S.A. Peter was initiated in 2004 (part of the first group of firekeepers). Sharon followed more…

The Vigil

The Vigil

Every month (or almost) for the past 15 or so years, I have had the privilege of doing a fire vigil. As the day of the vigil approaches, I can feel the anticipation. It rarely feels like “oh good, I more…

A New End of the World

A New End of the World

My experience of a Solstice Fire was what this community is all about: spreading the warmth, love, and connection of fire. I had planned a trip back to Massachusetts to spend Christmas with my granddaughter and my three daughters, whom more…

El Fuego Nuevo: The New Fire

El Fuego Nuevo: The New Fire

We Mexicans resonate in a profound way with the phrase “Fuego Nuevo”: it takes us back to the Aztec tradition. The New Fire in this tradition is only lit in ritual space and in moments of major initiation. The Mayans more…

The Wind

The Wind

It was extremely windy in Asheville on the Winter Solstice. The wind gusted in every layer of atmosphere and in every direction. In my own neighborhood the wind gusted strongly. While walking with my dog, Jazzy, we heard a great more…

Poetry from the Fire

Poetry from the Fire

Burning maples vibrating with life but the dead snag holds the hosts the bluebird & titmouse piping their heart songs a gray squirrel family chattering their urban sprawl putrid bark rife with millipedes and sow bugs as a red capped more…

One Potluck at a Time

One Potluck at a Time

By Jennifer Cihlar – Grand Mesa/Grand Junction hamlets – Colorado Gathering the kids, loading the car, racing up the mountain from the late start we had, was feeling more like a burden and slightly a mistake. I was feeling I more…

Sitting in the Fire Together

Sitting in the Fire Together

By Annie King, Fire Chief Here in the Sacred Fire Community, our Firekeepers play a crucial role. They hold the space for connection, warmth, conflict and transformationin our gatherings. They represent the heart of our community to every new person more…

A Date with Mr. Hot...and Beyond

A Date with Mr. Hot…and Beyond

By Richard Diss, Firekeeper in Bedfordshire The story begins last year when, to my surprise and delight, I was told that the next UK Grandfather Fire was to be at Clophill where I run a Centre with my wife Katarina. more…

Finding my gifts, hearing my heart voice

Finding my gifts, hearing my heart voice

I have been going to fires for ten years. Those early local fires were full of song and music, poetry and deep discussion. People—bringing forth their amazing gifts. Fun times too, but deep down, I felt a little sad. No more…

Independence vs. Interdependence

Independence vs. Interdependence

The gathering dusk allowed only an outline of the man. Some of the Amish have allowed electricity—not here. The barn office was well kept. For an hour and a half, the oldest son had sat at his busy desk and more…

I don't know how or why it works the way it does.

I don’t know how or why it works the way it does.

I know the Firekeepers and those who attend establish a community atmosphere that feels safe and accepting of all the participants. But sitting around the fire, making offerings to the fire, offering something of myself to the circle of people more…

I am a newcomer to sacred fire...

I am a newcomer to sacred fire…

I am a newcomer to sacred fire, but since the first one I went to I found it a breakthrough experience that I am now addicted to. At first, it was because of the depth of discussions that would usually more…

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