Welcome to Circle Sanctuary!

IMG 20180708 165956Founded in 1974 by Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Nature Spirituality church and 200-acre nature preserve dedicated to networking, community celebrations, spiritual healing and education. Circle Sanctuary sponsors gatherings and workshops at the Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve in the forested hills of southwestern Wisconsin, USA.

Our vibrant community converges in person at classesFull Moon circles, seasonal sabbats, volunteer days, Sacred Fire Circles and at our annual week-long Pagan Spirit Gathering. Circle Sanctuary also keeps in touch with national and international Pagan communities through our email announcement lists, our social media presence, and our membership newsletter.  We provide information and aids to spiritual practice through our weekly podcasts, publications, and online shop.

We also advocate religious freedom and civil rights through the Lady Liberty League and participation in interfaith dialogues. We serve active and retired troops and their families through our military ministries, and we also operate a 20-acre green cemetery.

Upcoming Events


Longest Night Celebration 12/19

  • yule-2017-candle-altarInterfaith Celebration of the Winter Solstice
    Wednesday December 19, 2018
    Doors open at 6:30 PM / Event at 7:00 PM

    Gates of Heaven Building
    302 East Gorham Street
    Madison, Wisconsin

    Please plan to arrive early in order to find parking and enjoy community time. Parking is extremely limited, and the event will begin promptly.

    In an effort to strengthen interfaith relationships we are offering a multi-cultural program of pageant, song, and story for the winter-time holidays.


Yule Gathering 12/22

  • BefanaSaturday December 22, 2018

    Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
    near Barneveld, Wisconsin

    Coordinated by Jenn Butterfield

    Celebrate the Winter Solstice & Full Moon

     The Circle Sanctuary Community invites you to join us as we celebrate the Yuletide season. Learn the tales and crafts of old with us as we gather in the spirit of the season.

     Conclude your day with the Yuletide Joy Full Moon Circle, as we honor the start of a new Solar Year.



Celebrate Winter Solstice

  • Yuletide Planning Guide by Selena Fox

    winter solstice 2013Rituals, Chants, Ideas, Videos, & Podcasts

    Strengthen bonds with family and friends by visiting and/or exchanging gifts and greetings. Decorate your home with lights, greens, and holiday colors. Bless your home with a Yule wreath on your front door and sprigs of mistletoe inside. If you are part of a group, take up a collection of food and/or clothing at your Yule gathering and give what you collected to a social service agency to distribute to the needy (for example, Circle's Yuletide Charity Food Drive). Place sunflower seeds outside for wild birds to feast upon. Greet the Sun at dawn on Solstice morning by ringing bells. Do magic for a more peaceful planet.


Become a Circle Member!

  • DSC 1407Circle Sanctuary has a Membership Program to create stronger connections and better serve the Pagan/Nature Spirituality community.  By creating a more formal membership program, we open stronger channels of communication; learn from our members about how we can support their spiritual and personal development; and focus on members' needs now and in the times to come.


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