BLUE DEER CENTER

Embracing the knowing of nature

aka BDC   |   Margaretville, NY   |  www.bluedeer.org

Mission

As an expression of Sacred Fire, Blue Deer offers a home for shared experiences of transformation and healing by embracing the wisdom of the natural world.

Ruling year info

2002

Acting Executive Director

Amanda Kerner

Chairperson

Patrick Hanaway

Main address

PO Box 905

Margaretville, NY 12455 USA

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EIN

22-3741704

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are here to provide benefit to humanity during this time of conflict, confusion and isolation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BDC Program Offerings Overview

The Blue Deer Center offers life-changing experiences by re-connecting people to the world’s original spiritual practices and traditional lifeways. These experiences are offered in a variety of ways. Individual healing sessions by practitioners of Plant Spirit Medicine, Nahuatil temazcalli (sweats) and Huichol Indian shamanic healing sessions are all available by appointment. Special opportunities for deep healing work can be found in weeklong Healing Camps. As a retreat center for groups and individuals, BDC offers a supportive place for quiet contemplation and connection with the land. And finally, as a place for workshops, conferences and courses that deepen participants’ relationships with the living world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Plant Spirit Medicine Training Course is designed to teach the lay person how to use plant spirits for healing. It is an intensive course of study that trains you how to detect the root of imbalances in individuals and use the plants to restore balance.  It is an effective and elegant form of healing. The Plant Spirit Medicine Training Course consists of six one-week teaching sessions spread over approximately a year and a half, with practice and home study between sessions as well as a period of clinical supervision after classwork is completed.  Graduates will be eligible to become full members of the Plant Spirit Medicine Association(http://www.plantspiritmedicine.org/psma.html) , and to receive certification as lay spiritual healers of the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing. In the Plant Spirit Medicine Training Course, students learn to enter the dream of nature and use the healing powers in nature to help others.  Students learn to reawaken their senses and detect how the balances and imbalances of nature manifest in humans.  By relearning these basic senses, students learn to hear and see and feel the imbalances of others.  They learn to determine the root of the imbalances, giving them the knowledge they need to help the person.  Students learn to make relationships with the plant allies, giving them the medicine needed to correct the imbalances.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Sacred Fire Community 2005

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Blue Deer Center is creating a space for ancient wisdom of native people from around the world to share and preserve their culture.

We seek the support of donors with like minded values and belief that the natural world and its ancient wisdom is important for our future. Our grassroots effort to share these teachings with others through one on one experiences.

Blue Deer Center works in partnership with the Sacred Fire Foundations who grants funds to native people from around the world to save, share and continue their work. Through this relationship, we are able to support their work and provide a space for these teachings to continue.

The Blue Deer Center has grown over the last few years and is providing more programs, events and workshops to our visitors. We are still working on reaching more people with our message in the Hudson Valley region and the NYC region of New York State.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In our community meeting a few weeks ago we received feedback about the need to promote our caretake to Property Manager and we did! Need to invest in beautification of our buildings... We are doing it with volunteers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BLUE DEER CENTER

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Patrick Hanaway

No Affiliation

Patrick Hanaway

American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

Amanda Kerner

Scott Reid

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability