The Mesa Life Project is a living demonstration of the Celebration of Life. Year round, we honor the stages of life.
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.
The Full Circle Living Mandala is a visual representation of a regenerating lifestyle. The seasons, anchored by the directions, mark the sacred time for celebrations, ceremonies and rituals for a balanced life. In earth-centered cultures, such as Mesa Life, Fire is at the center with the world axis of sky, earth and lower world honored to bring a multi-dimensional component to our lives..
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 with a temazcal, for new beginnings and celebration of more light until fall.
Dance of Creation In April a sacred story of the creation of the Mesa, canyons, and rivers is enacted through the animals’ dance to lift the sky and receive guidance from the great mountain.
Colorado River Ceremony In early June Snake Woman’s sacred story is told riverside and gifts are given to Her for bringing water to the desert and to millions of people.
Planting Celebration May 1st marks the first day of Summer and is the beginning of planting the Painted Hill Corn, which is used in ceremonies throughout the year and for sacred corn flour.
Gratitude to the Sun Ceremony On the Solstice men take offerings to the Mountain Where the Sun Sits to give gratitude to the Sun for the energy it gives.
Bread Baking people gather to bake in the horno (outdoor bread oven) in early August to honor the first grain harvest and beginning of fall.
Harvest Festival In early October offerings are taken to the sacred lake and mountain for rain and snow. The harvest and waters are celebrated in a Festival.
Dying & Death In early November the veil thins between the worlds. We honor this auspicious time with a specialty fire.
Thanksgiving Celebration In late November we to celebrate the abundance in our 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 fire is held.