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Welcome to Circle Sanctuary!

IMG 20180708 165956Founded 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

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Green Spirit Festival 7/27 - 29

  • gs17-2July 27 - 29, 2018
    at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
    near Barneveld, Wisconsin
    Coordinated by Messina and Raven

    "Reaping the Bounty"

    Join us as we gather together for this year's Green Spirit Festival to celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the First Harvest!  It’s time for us to reap the bounty of what we have sown not only in our fields and gardens but in our lives.  Lughnasadh is also a great time to share your skills with your tribe and reap the bounty of your own talents!  Perhaps you're an artisan and would like to peddle your wares on the Green as merchant.  Maybe you're a wonderful bard who will reward us with your karaoke singing talents or lip sync contest.  Perhaps you want to enjoy and learn during our amazing workshops of the season.  Or maybe you'll want to hone your athletic ability (or lack thereof) and join in the games of strength and exciting relay races!  There will be family programming, a labyrinth and a Lughasadh ritual and so much more!  Whatever gifts, skills, or just presence you have to offer, we invite you to join us and give thanks as a community for the abundance we have in our lives at this First Harvest Time!

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Sacred Fire Circle 8/30 - 9/3

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    August 30 - September 3, 2018

    at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
    near Barneveld, WI

    Come join us for three nights of sacred ceremony and community as we dance beneath the stars, sing, serve one another and bear witness to each others' truths! 

    Come connect deeply with community as we support each other on our mutual journey toward wholeness and holiness! Using the portals of Voice, Music, Movement and Service, we work ritual together from midnight to dawn, with the intention to release painful patterns and energies, gain access to our deep wells of creativity, and find personal transformation. We invite you to join us as we prepare the space before ritual by creating visual beauty and places for healing, meditation, and nurturance. As we work together, we also build bonds of community, friendship and mutual understanding which allow us greater trust and freedom within the Fire Circle. Join us in this powerful, deeply transformative journey. Songs, rhythms, poetry, dance or simply a hand to hold - your gifts are welcome here!

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Your PSG 2018 Feedback wanted!

  • PSG-2018-Soul-Shine-Logo-WEBIf you attended Pagan Spirit Gathering 2018, we thank you and invite you to help us plan PSG 2019 by providing your feedback through this form. If you would rather not use this form, you can also send us feedback by writing to psg@circlesanctuary.org, or by sending a letter to:

    PSG Feedback
    Circle
    PO Box 9
    Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.

    All fields are optional. The more can tell us, the more we can improve! Don't forget to click Submit at the bottom of the page when you're finished.

    Feedback deadline is July 31, 2018.

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Celebrating Lughnassadh

  • Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox

    IMG 7943Lammas, or Lughnassad, occurs in late July and early August. It is marks the middle of Summer and the beginning of the harvest. It is the first of three harvest festivals and is usually associated with ripening grain. It heralds the coming of Autumn. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods. Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown. It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.

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Full Moon Circles

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    Celebrate the Full Moon each month with the Full Moon Circle at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve near Barneveld, Wisconsin.

    The Full Moon Circle is part of the Circle Sanctuary Community.

    Full Moon Circle evenings are held on or near the evening of the Full Moon, and typically are held 7-9 PM. Each evening includes ritual, meditation, discussion, and socializing. Depending on focus and weather, some or all of the evening may be held outdoors. Full Moon Circle evenings are facilitated by Selena Fox and/or other members of the Full Moon Circle.

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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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