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


Yule Festival ONLINE 12/19

  • 2020-yuleSaturday December 19, 2020

    Held ONLINE via YouTube Live

    Coordinated by Rev. Sharon

    Love And Joy Come To You!

    Blessings, toasting, sharing and giving thanks during the Yuletide period is tradition and social distancing  is making that hard for us this year.  But we've figured out a way to come to you virtually by wassailing!  That's right, we’ll be coming to you not quite door to door, but virtually with "luck visits" and singing carols via your electronic devices to wish you and yours good health and good fortune!  An opportunity to bring some community merriment into your own homes.   

    The day will begin with a workshop by Rev. Selena Fox on the tradition of Wassailing.  You'll also have the opportunity to make your own wassail to toast with later during the ritual.   

    We'll follow the workshop by our Wassailing concert of wonderful community members from across the country offering their songs, recitals, readings and toasts to you in your homes.   

    The day will wrap up with the Yule Ritual!  Wassail! 


Celebrating the Seasons: Yule

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    DSCF3399Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.

    Today, many people in Western-based cultures refer to this holiday as "Christmas." Yet a look into its origins of Christmas reveals its Pagan roots. Emperor Aurelian established December 25 as the birthday of the "Invincible Sun" in the third century as part of the Roman Winter Solstice celebrations. Shortly thereafter, in 273, the Christian church selected this day to represent the birthday of Jesus, and by 336, this Roman solar feast day was Christianized. January 6, celebrated as Epiphany in Christendom and linked with the visit of the Magi, was originally an Egyptian date for the Winter Solstice.


Circle COVID-19 Relief Fund


    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Circle Sanctuary has had to shift all programming from in-person events to online gatherings, resulting in major decreases in revenue. Unless circumstances change significantly in the next few months, Circle Sanctuary will be struggling financially in 2021.

    For more information on how Circle has responded to the pandemic, you may review our 2020 Annual Report or look at the Special Financial Statement published at Samhain.


Full Moon Circles

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    Celebrate the Full Moon each month with the Full Moon Circle ONLINE.

    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

Visiting Policy

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    Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve is spread over 200 acres in beautiful southwestern Wisconsin, in gently-rolling terrain called the Driftless Area which was spared from the last glacial period.  The Preserve features rock outcroppings, prairies, forests, oak savannas, wetlands, springs and a stream.



    For the foreseeable future, Circle Sanctuary is CLOSED to all visitors and Circle community members.  This extends to all in-person festivals, full moons, rituals, and Circle Cemetery.  

    Only core staff are allowed on Circle grounds, to perform office operations and ongoing land & building maintenance.  As we cannot ensure safety or sanitation that might bring risk to an acceptably low level, we must draw this boundary.

    We understand the place that Circle land holds in the heart of its community members, and look forward to the day that we may reopen the gate.  For now, we urge adherence to the most current guidelines on reducing spread of this disease.


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