Fire Speaks: The Sacred Story of Canoe
Sacred Fire House | Olympia, WA USA
Sat, Aug. 7 | 4:00 pm-12:30 am Pacific (US)

Wisdom from the dawn of creation.

Ancient legends and sacred texts tell similar stories: when the human people faced tremendous challenges, Divine spirits would sometimes take physical form and offer the people guidance. Such a thing can be difficult for a Western mind to comprehend. But the pressures people face today have been building for a long time. From climate change to extreme social polarization to Covid, peoples’ need for guidance is so great it constitutes a “sacred essential.”

That’s why 20 years ago, the timeless essence of Fire began speaking to people everywhere through Don David Wiley, an elder medicine person in the Huichol tradition of Mexico. “Grandfather Fire” has spoken with thousands of people  who come to hear timeless wisdom and guidance about how to approach life’s challenges with courage and inner balance. Grandfather’s counsel and teachings help people move beyond fear and confusion so they can live Heart-aware lives of meaning and purpose.

Living from Heart is a fundamentally different way of approaching the world.

Grandfather Fire’s stories and lessons about the dynamic interplay of Heart and Mind have changed the lives of people all over the world. He cuts through doubt, confusion and illusion with a long-view perspective that delivers tried-and-true ways to find connection, compassion, learning, growth and healing. He’s wise, funny, provoking and astonishingly insightful.

Release your expectations and open your heart to Divine guidance, from the source.


Grandfather Fire will tell the Sacred Story of Canoe at this special event

In August, 2020, at the Olympia Fire Speaks event, Grandfather told the sacred Story of Salmon. This story described the creation of the relationship between the Salmon People and the earliest Human People living in the lands touched by the south Salish Sea. Part of the Story of Salmon included a mention of  “a spirit who lives between the mountains and the water who knows a way that human people can survive a long journey across the body of the Grandmother Ocean”.

As Grandfather told the story, he mentioned that talking about this spirit is so important that it has a full story unto itself. Later, Grandfather said he would return to Olympia in 2021 to share the sacred Story of Canoe with all who attend Fire Speaks.




COVID-19 has impacted all of us in many ways.

Sacred Fire is committed to doing our part to ensure the health and safety of our community, volunteers and their families. This event will comply with all state and local COVID regulations.  Our ceremony will be outdoors with plenty of space to maintain physical distancing. Because of how quickly COVID regulations are changing, we will be updating this site with specific protocols as we get closer to the event date.


  • Grandfather Fire

    Grandfather Fire—Traditional cultures throughout the Americas have long known Fire to be a wise and loving presence. Many Aboriginal and First Nations peoples call the Spirit of Fire Grandfather. During Fire Speaks audiences, traditional healer Don David Wiley lends his body so the Spirit of Fire can answer questions from those who come to hear His stories and wisdom.  Spending time with Grandfather Fire and his teachings about living life from Heart has helped thousands find clarity and courage to meet life’s challenges in a new way. Grandfather Fire is wise, funny, provoking, and profoundly insightful. Spending an evening with Him is a unique opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about life’s mysteries and deepen your connection with the sacred spirits of the natural world.


​3:30 pm — Campers arrive and set up

4:00 pm – Doors open for everyone. Volunteer parking directors will help you park near the barn. Check in at the registration tent. Check in may include a temperature check or questionnaire.**

5:30 pm – Orientation in the Fire House, the Story of Fire and Humans, and Q and A.

6:30 pm – Picnic on the land—bring your meal and blanket and find a spot. Some chairs also available.

7:45 pm – Gather in the Fire House and prepare our ritual space for the evening.

12:30 am – A summer Grandfather fire will often last until after midnight. There’s no requirement to stay until the end, though you’ll likely want to.


$100 Early Bird pricing until midnight on July 10

$130 Regular pricing after July 10

Children under 14 FREE


Registration will open soon. To pre-register and reserve a seat, email

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For more information, contact Sharon Brown at

The hosting Firekeepers for this event are Peter & Sharon Brown

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