Transform fear into courage.

You don’t need to be ready, only willing. This will be one of the most exciting nights of your life. You will become a firewalker and you will learn bone-deep that you are unstoppable. You will witness and experience incredible moments, you will deepen your connection with the people you came with, you will heal deeply, and you will have a whole lot of fun. And this one evening might even change your life for the better.


Next Firewalk: Courage to Become, A Queer Firewalk Journey

Monday, June 10th, 6:30-10 PMRegistration Here!

Join us for a transformative night of empowerment, self-discovery, and community in our Queer Firewalk Journey. Experience the courage and thrill of breaking barriers, from shattering a board with your bare hands to walking over hot coals unharmed! You are coached and supported every step of the way. Each challenge is an invitation to explore your deepest self in a supportive, queer-centric environment.

✨ Event Details: ✨

  • Location: Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY. Mostly indoors (except the firewalk itself) with access to bathroom/water/chairs/etc.
  • Cost: Suggested donation $75-$100, with barter options and sliding scale from $25. Costs directly cover materials and renting space at the Foundation of Lift
  • Registration: Please fill out this registration form and send your donation to participate. This event caps at 40 people.

This event is co-led by Cai Quirk, creator of the Queer Temple and author of “Transcendence: Queer Restoryation” (see more at caiquirk.com) and Tony Simons, a 14-year veteran firewalk instructor, author, and Cornell University professor.

Embrace the night as you light up your path to personal growth and collective empowerment. You will end the evening charged up, grounded, and very ready to take on life’s challenges. And you might change your life. This isn’t just an event; it’s a celebration of who we are. Come, let’s walk through fire together.


90 second firewalk introduction


More workshop details

In the workshop, you will be guided through a series of challenges that will show you how to achieve any goal: Intention. Visualization. Trust. Persistence. Confidence. You will come to understand these processes deeply and physically. The challenges build in intensity, though people differ in which challenge is most powerful (and/or scary) for them. Each challenge is completely optional.

The evening begins with everyone deliberately setting their intention for what they will get from the workshop. Then the fun starts:

  • You will begin by breaking a board with your bare hand. It is a good feeling.
  • Then you free fall backward off a table into the arms of the crowd. Exhilarating.
  • You break an arrow with the hollow of your neck. Starting to feel unstoppable.
  • For the grand finale, you take off shoes, go outside and walk on the hot coals – as many times as you want. And you feel superhuman.

You are coached and supported every step of the way. You will end the evening charged up, grounded, and very ready to take on life’s challenges. And you might change your life.

Photos are encouraged, and we take photos as well and make them available.


8 minute workshop overview


What participants have said:

"I broke through something so deep inside myself that I didn’t even know it was holding me back. In a safe, protected environment, strangers became friends and opened our hearts to each other. And then we walked through fire together. Yes! Yes! Yes!"

Marne O’Shae, physician   

“To be given both perspective and self-confidence is a truly beautiful thing. Thank you Tony.”

Grant B., butcher   

“Do not bring anything with you.
There is nothing to prepare for.
The journey takes you through yourself
No matter where you are
Each step toward the fire, is your next step in life.
Each step on the fire is the process of awakening.
Each step away from the fire
Is filled with gratitude.
Thank you.”

Ira Kamp, dentist/acupuncturist   

“A great feeling! It was an experience I am very glad to have had. Would recommend to others who would like to have some time for themselves for reflection.”

Marge Clark, aging specialist   

"Tonight was unbelievably powerful. I conquered what was keeping me from all that I can be. I conquered myself. I am filled with power beyond measure. I can create and do anything. I am my own creator."

Josh M., student