Sacred Ground

a local Council Circle of Illuman NorCal

Sutter Creek California


What: A recurring local council circle hosted by Rich Gierak
When: 2nd Saturday (usually) of every month, 9:00 am - Noon PT
Where: Rich's home in Sutter Creek, CA (contact Rich Gierak for address and directions)
Who: All men are welcome. No previous participation in men's work or Illuman necessary.
Cost: Free

Next Gathering - Saturday March 9, 2024 at 9:00 am PT

Who Are We?

Sacred Ground is a group of men committed to becoming better, more authentic men.  It has been said we are men in spiritual recovery.

What is a Council Circle?

Illuman understands the Way of Council as a communal contemplative practice. It affirms the importance of listening and speaking from the heart within a circle of men. But it also recognizes the circle as being more than the sum of its parts. Illuman wants to be open to the mystery of the Spirit that arises within the wisdom and discernment of the Council. It recognizes that we run out of words in the presence of something larger than ourselves. This necessarily widens the circumference of the circle, extending our vision to a wider community to which we also have to listen.

We practice four intentions of council:

  • Listen from the heart
  • Speak from the heart
  • Be spontaneous and authentic
  • Be lean of expression

We are men transforming men through a power greater than our own

We implement this inner work through:

  • Nature
  • Ritual
  • Image
  • Story
  • Council

There is no experience or belief system necessary to participate.  If you are interested in becoming a more authentic man please join us and see.

For location and details please reach out to Rich Gierak