Our Mission

The mission of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies is to preserve the Huichol culture and its shamanic practices and traditions. The foundation was established in 1979 by Brant Secunda to carry on the vision of his grandfather and teacher, don José Matsuwa, the renowned Huichol shaman. Don José’s vision was to leave Brant in his place to carry on the sacred traditions and to teach Huichol shamanism.

Don José believed that the healing traditions are available for everyone who has an open heart. He also believed that when people learn about the inherent beauty and healing power found in the Huichol way of life, they would want to support the cultural and spiritual survival of the Huichol Indians. To bring don José’s visions to life, Brant Secunda established the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies.

The foundation sponsors Brant Secunda’s workshops throughout the world, including pilgrimages, vision quests, and holistic medical conferences. Participants learn the sacred Huichol traditions. These traditions reunite people to the source of all life in order to help heal the earth, our communities, and ourselves.

The Dance of the Deer Foundation works with several villages to provide economic solutions which help the Huichol people to return to their land, their traditional way of life, and their ceremonies. The foundation’s efforts have made it possible for the Huichols to move further away from town, to live more traditionally, to preserve their corn farming and sacred art traditions so that they are not forced to work on tobacco or coffee plantations or in other industrial areas. For this reason, proceeds from all the foundation’s activities go directly to the Huichols, to don José’s village and extended family. The Dance of the Deer Foundation is helping the Huichol Indians to maintain both their rich cultural heritage and their spiritual and healing traditions.

  • Spiritual Practices

    Purge yourself of negativity and learn to absorb positive energy from the natural world around you.

  • View Nature in a Whole New Light

    Be able to not just be in nature, but to connect with nature in a way that will allow you to be more aware and conscious of life.

  • Ancient Traditions

    Walk paths and experience ceremonies that have remained true for thousands of years.

  • Shamanic Wisdom

    Gain ancient wisdom teachings that have been passed on for thousands of years.

  • Art & Culture

    Take in the beauty of authentic Huichol artwork, history and dance. Listen to stories of indigenous cosmology, passed down through generations.