07 Dec 2015

Connecting with Indigenous Traditions


Dan Sprinkles (MBA 1977) was 50 years old when a vision quest inspired him to leave the corporate world and embark on a role as a spiritual healer.

“I’d always been hungry or starved for something that would create passion,” he says.

After an early career at Castle & Cooke managing food, fishing, and agriculture production on the West Coast and in the Far East, and later consulting for several East Coast software companies, Sprinkles made his first pilgrimage to Mexico in 1999 on a four-day journey without food or water.

“Initially it was a prospect I couldn’t imagine, but I felt like a new being afterwards,” he says.

This exploration of indigenous traditions led Sprinkles to apprentice and undergo initiation in the way of the ancient Huichol and Nahua traditions in 2000 and 2006, respectively. Today, he and his wife serve the Blue Deer Center in New York’s Catskill Mountains as resident healers. A 10-year board member at Blue Deer, Sprinkles offers healing sessions, hosts monthly fires, and leads an initiation program for young men.

“I see elderhood as providing the model for how to walk in the world in a way that provides meaning and sustainability,” he says. “In the modern world, we look at elders as a drain on society, but here elderhood is seen as an invaluable asset. Providing wise counsel is part of the context for a way to give back.”

(Published December 2015)

Featured Alumni

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Class of MBA 1977, Section H

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