“I think there’s going to be a time among all people...I don’t know when that time will come… when all people will humble themselves to know that we are not in charge.”

–Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute/Palouse Spiritual Leader

“What a joy to have shared such a magical evening beneath the shelter and by the blazing warmth of the heart of your budding sanctuary.Thank you for bringing your beautiful and open heart to your work, to the world, and for sharing it”

--Margret Sanger
Full Moon Tea Ceremony, April 2021

“Thank you so much Richard for last night’s gathering and all that it took to create it! What a beautiful and vital-to-our-souls thing you have going on!”

--Carolyn Holman
Equinox Tea Ceremony, March 2021

“My time with Richard at Heart Fire Sanctuary allowed me to take a deep dive into my psyche.  Upon meeting Richard I felt safe, trusting him with my journey. It was a beautiful experience that allowed me to open parts of my mind, and ego. As I gained compassion and insight into myself.”

From the bottom of my heart thank you for the magical full moon chakai. It was so dear that every detail was thought out and the evening & company was a delight. Indeed, Heart Fire Sanctuary lives up to its name.”

Twilight Full Moon Tea Ceremony, February 2021

“I enjoyed my time at Heart Fire Sanctuary, a natural, unassuming place, perfect for resting outside my normal world and inside my inner one. The vegetable garden nurtured my body and my soul. My meditative journey with Richard Brandt at Heart Fire Sanctuary can be summed up in one word: Profound. Richard’s authenticity, a rare quality, spoke softly to me and held deeply the awaiting potential, helping me open to its realization. I can hardly wait to be there again.”


“Working with Richard and Heart Fire Sanctuary has been absolutely life changing. The safety and skill Richard embodied as a guide offered a depth of self-inquiry and healing that far exceeded my expectations. The work we did together has had a tremendous and lasting impact on my relationships with myself, my loved ones, and with the earth. Heart Fire Sanctuary is a true sanctuary for my heart.“

--Michael Silverstein-Bode

“They say that when the student is ready the teacher arrives. That must surely be the case with me. The services that Richard provided have proven to be transformative.  Surely I must have been ready to receive these blessings.  I was fortunate enough to do a solo ceremony with Richard. Richard provided exactly the right atmosphere of acceptance and allowing, in which I felt safe to meet levels of myself deeper than I could ever have imagined.  Richard was on hand continuously to disperse all fears and attend to every need. I felt absolutely free to be myself.  This permission was so life-affirming, that I have vowed to never go back. In fact, in the midst of this experience, I exclaimed "I never have to go back!". 

Almost immediately after my ceremony my life began to improve. Insights continue to emerge with positive influences. I have great gratitude to my guides for bringing Richard into my life at the exact right time and that I was able to have such a beautiful ceremony and journey. Thank you.”


“Maybe no one will be surprised if I say I got inspired by the powerful waves and mystic trees in the Oregon coast. Thanks to Richard’s guidance during Creative Pathways, I explored the meaning of Courage and Strength; from imagining the first person imagining oneself riding a whitecap, to taking step after step to become a confident rider. On the other hand, by immerse oneself in old Sitka Spruce forest; the strongest softwoods with shallow root system, one is able to witness that it's the connection that gives them great strength and stability, which may give a different dimension to the meaning of “Strength.” There are countless inspirations in mother Earth. With a gentle pointer, one can find one’s own paths.”
--May Wong, Creative, Pathways: Cape Meares, 2022

“Its been a few weeks, and I still consider my journey to be one of the most profound experiences of my life. There was healing at such a deep level that its hard to put into words. I feel a deeper sense of confidence, clarity and direction in my life and a knowing that there is really nothing to fear. Richard’s knowledge, skill, compassion and sincerity contributed in a huge way to my experience. I’m deeply grateful for him creating the opportunity and highly recommend a journey for anyone wanting deep and lasting change.”

Portland OR