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


Longest Night Ceremony 12/19

  • longest-night-2016-altarInterfaith Celebration of the Winter Solstice
    Thursday December 19, 2019
    Doors open at 7:00 PM / Event 7:30 - 9 PM

    Gates of Heaven Building
    302 East Gorham Street
    Madison, Wisconsin

    Evening of Music, Stories, Reflections & Ceremony with Candlelight Meditation for World Peace



Yule Festival 12/21

  • yule-wreathSaturday December 21, 2019

    Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
    near Barneveld, WI

    Coordinated by Niki

    A Season for Sharing
    Join the Circle Sanctuary community as we celebrate the Winter Solstice. Yule is traditionally a time for sharing food and drink, storytelling and music, traditions and lore, and celebration of the community we all share. Yule is also traditionally a time for family, and we encourage bringing children of all ages! We encourage families to participate together in our activities.


Celebrate Winter Solstice!

  • Yuletide Planning Guide by Selena Fox

    winter solstice 2013Rituals, Chants, Ideas, Videos, & Podcasts

    Strengthen bonds with family and friends by visiting and/or exchanging gifts and greetings. Decorate your home with lights, greens, and holiday colors. Bless your home with a Yule wreath on your front door and sprigs of mistletoe inside. If you are part of a group, take up a collection of food and/or clothing at your Yule gathering and give what you collected to a social service agency to distribute to the needy (for example, Circle's Yuletide Charity Food Drive). Place sunflower seeds outside for wild birds to feast upon. Greet the Sun at dawn on Solstice morning by ringing bells. Do magic for a more peaceful planet.


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.


Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

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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