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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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Full Moon Circles

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

    Full Moon Circle rituals are held on or near the night of the Full Moon, and are live-streamed to the Circle Sanctuary YouTube channel.

    Full Moon Circles begin at 7pm Central time (8pm eastern, 6pm mountain, 4pm pacific, 1am next day UTC)

    Full Moon Circles include invocations, music, meditation, poetry, reflections, and ritual workings.  They are facilitated by Selena Fox and other members of the Circle Sanctuary Community.

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2023 Circle Calendar is now Available!

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    The 2023 Circle Calendar is available now, featuring beautiful photos of Circle Sanctuary land along with helpful reminders of upcoming Circle events and more!  Place your order today!

Yule Festival 12/17

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    Yule 2022
    December 17th, 2022

    Jingle & Mingle

    Join us as we honor not only the quiet time of the year but celebrate our community Yule!  Through reflection we will go within ourselves and our homes to reflect on all we’ve been through in this past year and to purge what no longer serves us.  Together, we’ll embrace the peace that comes from the darkness and stillness of the Winter Solstice, knowing that just around the corner we will all rise with renewed energy to the returning Sun.

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Support Circle on Giving Tuesday!

  • Giving Tuesday Circle 2022 squareWays To Support Circle Sanctuary

    Circle Sanctuary's work is financed entirely by private contributions from those supporting its services, and a great deal of its work is performed by volunteers like you.  Donations are needed to help cover the costs of facilities upkeep and development, nature preservation endeavors, and the wide range of educational, counseling, networking, and other spiritual services that Circle provides.  Donations are greatly appreciated, and are tax-deductible in the USA. 

     

Celebrating Winter Solstice

  • by Selena Fox

    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.

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