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Transforming Lives through the Gift of Fire


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Sacred Fire trains, initiates and supports an international community of Firekeepers who host monthly fire gatherings and other special events around the world open to all people.  These fires help people reconnect to themselves, each other, and the natural world in order to live a life of relationships, awareness, and purpose—not only for themselves but for humanity. Through the shared experience of the influence of fire as a source of wisdom and transformation, people can achieve the balance they seek amid the challenges of today’s society.   To Learn more see – https://sacredfire.org/

Sacred Fire Asheville located 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville, North Carolina is home to the oldest consecrated hearth of the international Sacred Fire Community – which supports humanities connection to heart through fire.  It is also home of Firekeepers, Lisa Lichtig and Patrick Hanaway, who look after the Sacred Fire Council House, its hearth and community. Through a community of volunteers, Sacred Fire Asheville offers a variety of experiences and connections that support deeper relationships with ourselves, each other and the natural world throughout the seasons of our lives.

Sacred Fire Council House and Hearth was revealed in a dream that came to Lisa in 2000. Its purpose was further guided by Sacred Fire Founder and elder Don David Wiley.  In 2002, the hearth created out of local soapstone was consecrated as a place for people to gather for community fires, men’s and women’s fires, special events, seasonal ceremonies and healing.  A hearth with this focus needed a shelter so people could receive the medicine of Fire throughout the year, no matter the weather. The firekeepers learned a lot trying to build just the right shelter for the hearth and community. A huge pre-Christmas snowstorm in 2009 and gale force winds decimated the third canvas version of the “home for Fire.” Despite this, the community continued to grow and gather without shelter for nearly a year.

During that time they engaged in community conversations about shelter — the need, shape, and size. There were many heated and interesting conversations including the men recommending a rectangular structure to withstand the wind and the women lobbying for a circular shape for obvious reasons. They listened to each other fully and their relationships with each other and the hearth began to grow and deepen.

One night the sky weighed in on the topic and revealed a huge round white circle in the sky… and that, was that. 

A team of volunteers with skill and talent thoughtfully designed the new shelter. The firekeepers funded the project as a gift to community and a way to honor Grandfather Fire’s presence in our lives. Community members were employed and volunteered to create the beautiful home for Grandfather Fire and a place for community to safely gather. In March 2012, the new shelter was enlivened and consecrated ceremonially and given a traditional name which translates to “Sacred Fire Council House.” It now serves as a beacon which inspires others to live a more balanced and connected life grounded in wisdom.

The Sacred Fire Council House is surrounded by 35 acres of pastoral land and forest along the Ivy River with breathtaking views and trails to the river. Sam Proctor, a Muskogee [Creek] elder, recognized the land as a preserve—a place for people to feel refreshed and renewed. This is a place of inspiration where the medicine of the wind, sky, rain, earth, sun and community are strongly present; especially when the Sacred Fire is lit.

The firekeepers along with an active group of community volunteers devote their time and love to offer opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience and engage with common human heart and timeless wisdom. 

We invite you to join us.  

Huichol Art now available before most of our events Learn about this service project. 

Most of our events are by donation and can be made via paypal (family & friends) – https://paypal.me/sacredfireavl

Directions are sent via email after you’ve registered.

Join us regularly by marking your calendar.

Camping and onsite lodging – click here

You’re welcome to enjoy the 2 miles of trails before our fires.

Let the medicine of nature nourish and calm your spirit. 

Inquiries –  contact Firekeepers Lisa Lichtig and Patrick Hanaway at. (828)-768-3302 or (828)-713-1553 or email  ashevillefires@sacredfire.org