Finding the Heart of Fire
Online Via Zoom
Weds, Dec 13, 7 - 9 pm ET (US), 4- 6 pm PT US, +14 in AET
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Winter evenings invite us to open the door to mystery, passion and wonder.

For those who live life aligned with nature, the late days of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere can be tinged with wistful feelings. The Harvest celebrations are complete. The cold is settling in. Winter may even taunt us with bleakness.

Rather than fight the season of darkness, sink into it. For these are the days to release our attachment to old summer projects and to immerse ourselves in dreaming, poetry and story. The dark times are fertile ground for planting. To be inspired is to become pregnant with fertile visions of Spring’s promise.

Finding the Heart of Fire: An Evening of Poetry and Storytelling with Jonathan Merritt will be a 90-minute conversational performance of works old and new, as Jonathan takes us on a spoken-word journey through his life-dance of pleasures, contemplations, sacrifices, exhilarations and engagement with the gods of the seen and unseen worlds—including of course, Grandfather Fire.


  • Johnathan Merritt

    Jonathan Merritt is a mara’akame, a traditional shamanic healer in the lineage of the Huichol people of Mexico’s Western Sierra Madre. Jonathan has been walking this healing path for twenty-four years. After a six-year apprenticeship under the guidance don Eliot Cowan, he was initiated in a traditional ritual by the great Huichol healer, don Jose de la Cruz Sandoval. He belongs to El Grupo Tatewari, a circle of Western Mara’akate who work together under the leadership and teaching of don David Wiley to deepen our path and perspective, to bring healing and wise counsel to our people.

    Healing in the Huichol tradition addresses the spiritual roots of illness and works to restore balance in our lives. As a Western mara’akame, Jonathan provides healing and wise counsel for physical maladies as well as spiritual illnesses, such as isolation, disconnection and dislocation, depression, spiritual emptiness, lack of meaning and purpose, that don’t commonly exist among the Huichols.

    Jonathan is also an initiated Fire Keeper under the auspices of Sacred Fire ( Married with three children, he keeps a Community Sacred Fire in Portland, Oregon.


December 13, 7:00 – 9 pm ET (Americas)
4 – 6 pm PT (Americas)
+1 day, 9:00 – 11 am AET (Australia)


$30, Personal-Use Only Recordings Made Available to All Who Register.

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