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


ONLINE Samhain 10/30-31

  • Spiral In or Spiral Out, Ancestors All About

    October 30 - 31, 2020
    ONLINE via private Facebook Group

    Coordinated by Minerva, Messina, Aviel, and Raven

    Samhain 2020 is our celebration of the spirals of life and our connections to ancestors.  We spiral in to the centers of our souls and we spiral out to our external selves.  We deepen our connections to our ancestors and with ourselves.  Whether you are preparing for the dark time of the year -- a time for introspection -- or celebrating your outer self and our most sacred Sabbat, join us.  Let's prepare with this reminder that we move in and out of aspects of our lives, of ourselves, of our ancestral connections, and of our families.  This is the perfect time of year to speak about divination, about grief, and to enjoy an Autumnal fire.  Join us as we prepare celebrate our new year, the third harvest, and the dark season in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Samhain offerings will be presented in the Samhain Facebook group.  You’ll receive an invitation to the group once you’ve registered for the event.


Celebrating the Seasons: Samhain

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    Article by Selena Fox

    As October turns to November, thousands of Witches, Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans across America, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere observe the sacred time of Samhain. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning "Summer's End" and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many practitioners, myself included, Samhain also is the beginning of the spiritual new year.

    Explore Samhain Lore, Customs, Chants, Rites


2020 Annual Report Available

  • 2020-annual-report-coverCircle Sanctuary is pleased to provide our 2020 Annual Report summarizing what we've accomplished, including a financial summary for the previous fiscal year.  This year's report also includes a financial summary for the first three quarters of 2020, detailing the impacts of COVID on Circle's operations and financial health.

    These reports are presented to the community at Samhain in our Annual Meeting, as well as online to the wider Circle community.

    Please feel free to contact the Circle office with any questions or for more details!


Full Moon Circles

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    Celebrate the Full Moon each month with the Full Moon Circle ONLINE.

    The Full Moon Circle is part of the Circle Sanctuary Community.

    Full Moon Circle evenings are held on or near the evening of the Full Moon, and typically are held 7-9 PM. Each evening includes ritual, meditation, discussion, and socializing. Depending on focus and weather, some or all of the evening may be held outdoors. Full Moon Circle evenings are facilitated by Selena Fox and/or other members of the Full Moon Circle.


Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

Visiting Policy

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    Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve is spread over 200 acres in beautiful southwestern Wisconsin, in gently-rolling terrain called the Driftless Area which was spared from the last glacial period.  The Preserve features rock outcroppings, prairies, forests, oak savannas, wetlands, springs and a stream.



    For the foreseeable future, Circle Sanctuary is CLOSED to all visitors and Circle community members.  This extends to all in-person festivals, full moons, rituals, and Circle Cemetery.  

    Only core staff are allowed on Circle grounds, to perform office operations and ongoing land & building maintenance.  As we cannot ensure safety or sanitation that might bring risk to an acceptably low level, we must draw this boundary.

    We understand the place that Circle land holds in the heart of its community members, and look forward to the day that we may reopen the gate.  For now, we urge adherence to the most current guidelines on reducing spread of this disease.


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