Welcome to Circle Sanctuary!

DSC 4904Founded in 1974 by Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Nature Spirituality church and 200-acre nature preserve dedicated to networking, community celebrations, spiritual healing and education. Circle Sanctuary sponsors gatherings and workshops at the Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve in the forested hills of southwestern Wisconsin, USA.

Our vibrant community converges in person at classesFull Moon circles, seasonal sabbats, volunteer days, Sacred Fire Circles and at our annual week-long Pagan Spirit Gathering. Circle Sanctuary also keeps in touch with national and international Pagan communities through our email announcement lists, our social media presence, and our membership newsletter.  We provide information and aids to spiritual practice through our weekly podcasts, publications, and online shop.

We also advocate religious freedom and civil rights through the Lady Liberty League and participation in interfaith dialogues. We serve active and retired troops and their families through our military ministries, and we also operate a 20-acre green cemetery.

Upcoming Events


Longest Night Ceremony 12/20

  • yule-2017-candle-altarWinter Solstice Celebration
    Wednesday December 20, 2017
    7:00 PM

    Gates of Heaven Building
    302 East Gorham Street
    Madison, Wisconsin

    A Multicultural Ceremonial Evening of Music, Poetry, & Storytelling by

    • Lori Skelton
    • Nancy Vedder Shults
    • Ken Lonquist
    • Cecilia Farran
    • Georgette Paxton
    • Dianne Duggan
    • Grace Kilpatrick
    • Chris Eldridge
    • Mari Powers
    • Chip Brown
    • Selena Fox
    • others

    Concludes with a Candlelight Meditation for World Peace.


Celebrate Yule!

  • Planning Guide by Selena Fox

    winter solstice 2013Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, Christmas, and Saturnalia, occurs in mid December. It celebrates the birth of the new Solar year and the beginning of Winter. The Goddess manifests as the Great Mother and the God as the Sun Child. The God also appears as Santa Claus and Old Man Winter. Colors are Red, Green, and White. This is a festival of inner renewal.


2018 Circle Calendar Available!

  • 2018-circle-calendarFeaturing photos of Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve by our own photographers, as well as reminders of upcoming festivals and Full Moon Circles, the 2018 Circle Sanctuary Calendar is a great way to connect with Circle land from afar and help you plan your next visit!

    These are available in-person at Circle Sanctuary's Resource Shop for $15, or can be shipped to you anywhere in the United States for $20.  Don't delay -- quantities are limited!

    Order today!

Imbolc Festival 2/3

  • imbolc 2Celebration of the Celtic Fire Festival of Imbolc

    Brigid's Day Festival
    Saturday, February 3, 2018

    9 AM - 7 PM
    at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve near Barneveld, Wisconsin

    Coordinated by Minerva

    Imbolc is an ancient Celtic festival that marks midwinter in the solar calendar and is a time for preparation for coming out of the dark time of the year and into the light of spring. This is the time of celebration for the Goddess Brigid, which teaches us about healing, home, hearth, birth, inspiration, and the work we must do inside and outside ourselves to walk out of the cold of winter and into the warmth of spring. Join our community as we learn about ways to prepare our bodies, our minds, our spirits, and our communities for the turning of the wheel of the year.


Become a Circle Member!

  • DSC 1407Circle Sanctuary has a Membership Program to create stronger connections and better serve the Pagan/Nature Spirituality community.  By creating a more formal membership program, we open stronger channels of communication; learn from our members about how we can support their spiritual and personal development; and focus on members' needs now and in the times to come.


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