Fire Talks

A fire talk is a powerful, heart-centered approach to counseling rooted in the nature-based wisdom of indigenous people worldwide. The fire talk practice is outlined in Jeff’s book, The Lost Art of Heart Navigation, and honors the ancient curanderismo healing traditions of the Americas.

We sit down together, share a simple ceremony to open the heart, and listen for what is deeply felt but not seen in your life. We sense the quiet, insistent invitations of your heart and follow those like trail markers pointing to a central question: what kind of life– or more precisely what way of being– does your heart really long to be living? Getting clear on this is the first step in the ancient path of healing and transformation called the Path of the Heart.  The wisdom of our ancestors is alive and well in us, and uniquely suited to help with our biggest modern struggles from the personal to the ecological.

Needless to say, this is a completely different approach to helping than conventional counseling and psychotherapy. Because the primary goal is not to just learn coping skills, mood management techniques, or insight about past traumas.  The goal is  to awaken your inner jaguar, the instinctual wildness and power that lies deep in your soul. And then to start living a life that honors your authentic heart and medicine whether the people around you are cooperating or not. 

If you’re ready to wake up your jaguar, find your true path, and begin walking it? Contact me. 

Bright blessings,

Jeff Nixa J.D., M.Div.

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Fire Talks Can Help With...

… almost anything. For example, many clients bring their struggles with stress, anxiety and depression, chronic illness, or relationship problems. Some are dealing with job or career issues. Others bring struggles that can be more spiritual in nature like feeling stagnant, lost, or adrift in life.  These issues can be common to any counseling process, but the fire talk approach is uncommon, deeply concerned with the soul and our vital connection with nature as a source of healing, strength, and purpose in life.

Fire talks focus on the heart.  Your heart.  They do not involve a church, pastor, religious program, holy book, self-help guru, or any other form of external authority the client needs to “believe in” or follow. Instead, a fire talk helps you identify your own authority, on the inside, using a relaxed conversation to explore the heart, discover your authentic self, and bring this self out of the closet to be more fully alive in the world.  We draw on the time-tested healing practices of our ancestors such as vision questing, storytelling, core questions, dream work, fire ceremony, shamanic journeying, acquiring a power animal or spirit guide, soul retrieval, nature-based mindfulness practices, and more.  The “medicine” is not some generic treatment plan but selected to fit your life and situation.  It’s a very organic, magical, and empowering experience that draws its power from the self-healing capacity of the soul and the supportive web of life all around us. 

Guests traveling from outside the area can choose to stay in our guest cabin for one or more nights.

You can e-mail me to schedule a fire talk or ask a question.  More details on each of the fire talk options below. 

4 Ways to Enjoy the Fire Talk Experience

We’ll meet at my creekside cabin outside of Cassopolis, MI, sit down around the flame of an earthenware lamp, and share a brief ceremony to welcome the wisdom of your ancestors.  Then we will explore your situation together.  It’s a gentle yet focused process to quickly get to the heart of your situation and begin clarifying a vision for what is needed in your life, any barriers that stand in the way, and a clear and doable plan for enacting that vision.  Some clients choose to stay overnight the day before or after (or both!) in our guest cabin

Fee: The first 2-hour session is a sliding-scale fee from $85.-$130.  Meaning, you decide what you can afford to pay within this given range.  Later sessions are 1.5 hours long and the sliding-scale fee is $80.-125.  Whether you return is completely up to you, based on your interest and how helpful the process is for you. 

Couples’ Session: same as above, fee range $95-$135.  The focus is not on past history, winning arguments, defending positions, or taking sides. The focus in on becoming a shaman for your partner and bringing him or her more fully alive as a soul person. 

We can also meet via Zoom teleconference. It’s the same basic process as above, and I’ll send you a link for the session and a helpful self-preparation guide prior to our gathering online.

Fee: The first online session (2 hrs) is a sliding-scale fee from $90.-$135.  Additional sessions on a sliding-scale fee of $85.-$130.  Payment is made in advance via e-invoice.  

You can do several fire talk sessions over the course of a whole day, which allows more time and depth for our work together.  We’ll negotiate the day’s schedule together to assure you have a good balance between the time spent in sessions and free time to relax, process the work, and do any reading or homework assignments.  Some clients choose to stay in our guest cabin the night before or after their intensive day. 

Fee: A flat fee of $100./per session is charged during these multi-session days.

This is the ideal option for people who really feel trapped in busyness and the “hurry sickness” of daily life.  We arrange for you to take a full two or three day break from home and work for a deep, retreat-like experience involving multiple fire talk sessions during your stay. Clients stay in the guest cabin and enjoy plenty of free time for naps, reading, journaling, sitting by our creek, or strolling our quiet country roads. The break from busyness is a powerful intervention itself, not to mention the actual work we will do together in our fire talk sessions! 

Note: A retreat here does not mean a group class or workshop.  It means a solo time of withdrawing from your busy life to settle down and explore the deep guidance of your heart through a series of fire talk sessions. How many fire talks we do together depends on your goals, available time, and budget. You’ll develop a sense of this prior to your visit and we can finalize the details after you arrive.

Prior to your visit Jeff will send a helpful self-preparation guide with information on the cabin’s accommodations, a personal packing list, the food/cooking arrangements, and self-preparation material including a copy of Jeff’s first book.

Fee: The total fee for your retreat will be the sum of your lodging fee ($65/nite), fire talk fees ($100./session), and the book ($21).  A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your retreat and would equal your full lodging fee plus the book fee.

Example: If you stayed for 3 nights and we hold 5 fire talks during your stay, the total fee for your visit would be your lodging fee (3 x $65.) plus the fire talk fees (5 x $100.) plus the book ($21.), or $716.  Your deposit would be the lodging + book fee, or $216.  At the end of your stay the balance due would be $500.