Entheos Projects

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Entheos is the root of the English word “enthusiasm” and is, we believe, at the heart of the Burning Man principle of Immediacy. The Burning Man Organization describes the principle of Immediacy as follows: "Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.” This idea is the guiding light of our Burning Man theme camp, where together we build an interactive space of creativity (ritual, music, dance, art, fire, food and shamanic ceremony) where others may discover and contribute their own ἔνθεος.

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Each year, in early February, Entheos hosts a five night visioning retreat in remote and often challenging locations. Past journeys have taken us to Death Valley and Slab City, and more recently to Enchanted Ridge. At these retreats we deepen our community connections, work with sacred tools for healing, and discern the specifics of implementing our emerging vision for the coming year.


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Entheos has selected Southern Arizona for the construction of its first community village. The search is underway for property in the 640-1,000 acre range, located in the Sonoran Desert south of Tucson, to establish an ecological preserve for endangered plants and animals that are native to the region and are held sacred by some for their medicinal properties and healing capacity. Centered around a healing retreat center, the permanent Entheos residents will host interns, conservators, practitioners and retreat center guests. The goal is to create a sustainable template community, modeled on the Entheos vision, which can be replicated in other parts of the world to cultivate consciousness, protect the sources of Earth's natural medicines for future generations of our planet, and to lead a path out of a binary world view.

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As part of its non-profit mission to create scared spaces in unusual places, Entheos is available to facilitate single day and multi day retreats for individuals, small groups and larger communities. These retreats are individually curated for the specific needs and intentions of the participants.