Community Deer Dance Ceremony
Pray • Heal • Transform
Join world renowned shaman and ceremonial leader Brant Secunda for an evening ceremony and sacred dance. Learn about the Huichol Tribe of Mexico, listen to ancient indigenous chanting, enter the visionary world of Huichol art, and dance your prayers into the altar of Mother Earth.
This special community ceremony is an opportunity for prayer and positive affirmation, to create personal and planetary healing, and to celebrate together in the sacred circle.
Student, Child & Senior discounts available
Experience the beauty of shamanism
Huichol shaman, healer and ceremonial leader
Brant Secunda is an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and teacher in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. During an intensive 12-year apprenticeship, Brant became the adopted grandson and close companion of Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant founded the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies in 1979 and leads seminars, retreats, and pilgrimages worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the world.
To help provide sustainable cultural and economic support for the Huichol tribe, Brant founded the Huichol Foundation, which continues to expand upon his more than four decades of indigenous cultural preservation projects throughout the Sierra Madre Mountains and around the globe.
Alongside other dignitaries including President Jimmy Carter, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin and was also a co-founder of the Humanistic Medicine Conference with the World Health Organization. Recognized as a global thought leader and spiritual teacher, Brant has been a lecturer at the Mayo Clinic, the American Holistic Medical Association Conferences and a faculty member of the Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine.
Striving to bridge the worlds of fitness and spirituality, Brant co-authored the award-winning book Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.
VIRARICA • The Healing People
The Huichol are a small tribe of approximately 35,000 people living near Ixtlan in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
Protected by their ancient forests, they are said to be one of the last tribes in North America to have maintained their pre-contact traditions.
Shamanism pervades every aspect of Huichol life. Ceremony, sacred dance, pilgrimage, and shamanic artwork are the techniques they use to connect the human heart to the heart of creation.
DEER DANCE CEREMONY
A Healing Celebration of Life and Light
According to Huichol cosmology, the origins of this ceremony date back to the birth of the Sun. The dance is a reenactment of creation itself and honors our sacred relationship to the light. Kauyumari (The Magical Deer Spirit) is representative of our super-conscious mind and acts as an intermediary between our hearts and the spiritual world of nature.