Please Come and Participate in the celebrations, ceremonies and rituals we offer! Most activities are open to the public. Let us know you are coming. Stay on the land. Learn more about the whole way of living here at Mesa Life!
We are always excited to welcome new applicants and members, both residential and participating, to our growing community.
Within this cycle, we support Lifeways programs offered by the Sacred Fire Community to enrich our human ‘seasons’, starting with the Niekame birthing program, the Initiations for young men and women into adulthood, Ukalai and Ukalei retreats for men and women, and the Death and Dying program.
The shamans of the village perform life’s transitional rituals such as baptism, the joining of two people in marriage, and funerary rites for the deceased.
Annual Cycle of Celebrations
Spring Equinox is March 20th. Marking mid-Spring and the equality of light and darkness, we often celebrate this day of new beginnings and more light.
Dance of Creation In April the sacred story of the Grand Mesa, surrounding canyons, and rivers is re-enacted the animals’ dance to lift the sky and receive guidance from the great mountain.
Colorado River Ceremony In early June Snake Woman’s origin story is told riverside and offerings are made to Her for bringing water to the desert and the millions.
Planting Celebration May 1st marks the first day of Summer and is the beginning of planting the Painted Hill Corn. The which sacred corn flour is used in ceremonies throughout the year.
Gratitude to the Sun Ceremony An evening of Solstice ritual followed by taking special offerings to the Mountain Where the Sun Sits in gratitude to the Sun.
Horno Bread Baking Gather to bake in the outdoor bread oven in early August, to honor the first grain harvest and beginning of fall.
Harvest Festival Early October is the time to take offerings to the sacred lake and mountain on the Grand Mesa for rain and snow of the year. The harvest and waters are celebrated in a Festival.
Dying & Death In early November the veil thins between the worlds. We honor our ancestors: deceased loved ones at this auspicious time with a specialty fire in Grand Junction.
Thanksgiving Celebration In late November we gather to celebrate our abundant lives and gather at the fire.
Gratitude for the Return of the Sun On the Winter Solstice, we gather to rejoice the light returning. A special ritual & fire is held.
Sacred Story Telling In late January we gather to tell and listen, honoring the ancient stories of this place.