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Welcome to Circle Sanctuary!

1-DSC 6688Founded 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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Spiritual Life Class Series

  • Yule Greens Selenaat Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, near Barneveld, WI

    $15 per class ($10/class for current Circle Sanctuary members)
    Advance registration required, as space is limited

    All classes are open to women & men, beginning & advanced practitioners.  Space is limited; please pre-register as soon as possible to reserve a place.

     

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Yule Festival 12/17

  • 13-candlesSaturday December 17, 2016

    Fitchburg Community Center - Oak Hall
    5510 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg WI
    1:30pm - 7pm

    Coordinated by Zephyr, Emily and Rev. Sharon

    Light & Lore of the 12 Days of Yule
    The Circle Sanctuary Community invites you to join us as we celebrate the Yuletide season.  It is another shift of the wheel, and though the days grow longer with the promise of Spring returning, the coldest days still lie ahead.

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Celebrate Yuletide Online with Circle Podcasts

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    Weekly online Discussions, Workshops & Rites
    broadcast online on Blog Talk Radio on Pagans Tonight Radio Network
    Circle Sanctuary on Internet Radio at www.circlesanctuary.org 

    Produced by Circle Sanctuary & serving Pagans Worldwide
    Hosted by Circle Sanctuary Ministers Selena Fox, David & Jeanet Ewing, Debra Rose
    Engineered by David Ewing

    Listen Live on Tuesday Nights
    8-10 pm eastern, 7-9 pm central, 6-8 pm mountain, 5-7 pm pacific

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Yule Celebration Resources

  • 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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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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Operation Circle Care

  • occ 2016 logoAs part of its Military Ministries, Circle Sanctuary sends spiritual resources to Pagans on active duty in the US Military.  The program, which started in 2006, began with the sending of Yuletide care packages to Pagan troops serving in war zones.  It evolved to sending care packages to Pagans on active duty deployed overseas. 

    This Yule, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Operation Circle Care, we are sending a commemorative patch to Pagans on active duty across the USA and around the world.  

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