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Sacred Fire Circles are conscious celebrations intended to inspire all who participate to live more meaningful, rewarding, joyous, creative and empowered lives. 


Yes, you, and yes… you do. You deserve an ordeal, not a drama mind you, but a real old fashioned ordeal.

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Your actual packing list may vary, depending on your accommodations, participation in the venue's meal plan, and other factors. Read More...

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Our extensive Frequently Asked Questions should give you the information you need, but if not, feel free to Contact Us.

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One of our primary aims for Illumination is to champion new ways to honor and respect our planet in crisis while we celebrate our ever-present connection with her. Read More...

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As the old saying goes, "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." With this in mind, Sacred Fire Circle Gatherings are founded on a philosophy of sacred service.  Here are a few articles that provide greater insight into this wonderful way of being.

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Peak Experience Productions is a legendary West Coast producer of conscious celebrations.

The Beloved Festival presents world music and new paradigm cultural events.

The Vegas Vortex produces alchemical events and fire circle gatherings in Las Vegas. 

SpiritFire Festival is a five day retreat-style fire circle gathering held in New England.

Fire Tribe Hawaii on Oahu. Sacred Fire Circles at each Solstice and Equinox. Dance, Music, Song & Art.

McBride Magic & Mystery School and world-renowned magician Jeff McBride.

Forestdance Sacred Fire Circles are co-creative, all night, eclectic spiritual experiences.

Shimmering Wolf Studios - Illumination website developer & Facilitator of Redwood Nights.

Kyer Photography/Artistic Wedding Photos - Photographer for some of this site's images

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You learn it by doing it, and once you get the basic idea, it can be applied in many different ways. Read More...

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While most of the music at fire circles is improvised we do draw upon the vast library of traditional circle songs... Read More....

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What is a Sacred Fire Circle?

whatisfirecircleSacred Fire Circles are conscious celebrations intended to inspire all who participate to live more meaningful, rewarding, joyous, creative and empowered lives. When we come together at the Illumination Gathering we co-create a beautiful sacred space in remote, natural setting.

At the center of this space we light a fire, usually at midnight, and then dance, sing, speak, play and pray our way around the fire till sunrise, for three nights in a row. This contemporary adaptation of what is very likely the oldest human sacred technology is designed so that people of all beliefs can do our own individual empowerment work around the fire while simultaneously supporting our fellow participants in doing their own personal empowerment work at the same time. The commonly held belief of this Gathering is simple: we share a mutual commitment to respect the space and each other and to conscientiously participate in the co-creation of a profoundly inspiring event. 

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Some Conventions and Customs of our Fire Circle Culture


Let us envision co-creating a safe, magical experience for everyone in the Fire Circle...

Because we focus on magickal work within the sacred space contained by the torches and prayer flags, we take casual conversation outside and away from the Circle.

Each time we step through the Gate, we bring ourselves present. To help us enter sacred space mindfully, we may use a purification rite (with smudge, sound, water or other blessing), or simply breathe, ground and center.


Finding Our Way ‘Round the Fire

“The Tao that is written is not the Tao” 


dancingcircleThis familiar quote reminds us that words can only reflect the actuality of the fire circle. We hope you will do your best to read this Orientation “between the lines” and meditate on the possibilities implied within.


The fire circle can be thought of as a microcosm of the daily world we live in. We define our Circle as a unique expression of that reality by ringing the outer perimeter with prayer flags, to remind us that the space within is Sacred. Please enter through the Smudge Gate, a place to be cleansed and purified. 

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