About firewalking

Many people and cultures have practised the art of firewalking since 1200 BC. Often used as a rite of passage; walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones tests an individual’s strength and courage, or in religion as is a test of one’s faith. With so many people around the globe, presenting the firewalk in different ways, one’s reasons, beliefs, experience and view about why the firewalking movement continues to rise in popularity differ.

Shared wisdom

We’ve collected firewalking articles from respected instructors and masters around the globe to share their wisdom and knowledge with you – please enjoy!

About the Global Firewalking Association

The Global Firewalking Association is a not-for-profit membership organization that serves professional firewalk instructors and firewalking enthusiasts.

The GFA was created by Steve Consalvez of Success Formulae in 2016. Inspired by his training with both Tolly Burkan and Peggy Dylan and his sharing of the fire since the 1990’s, Steve wanted to support the various firewalking schools in their mutual love for the elemental passion and transformational possibilities of firewalking.

The GFA aims to serve its members by being a source for the millions of people who have become interested in firewalking over the last five decades.  Apart from creating the biggest knowledge bank on firewalking, providing an opportunity for its active members to reach millions, and offering live and online teaching events, the GFA also uses its shared purchasing power for insurance and other services.

Our vision

To make the possibilities for a transformative experience of firewalking available for all. To illuminate the way to the world of the possibility for firewalking to shine as a transformative experience

Our mission

To promote the transformative opportunities that firewalking provides, to a world of people who want to reach their full potential. To connect the members to that world and to each other through The Association, its information, teaching, respect, recognition and the sharing of the collected wisdom of the group to which they all belong.  To create a healthy and vibrant association through our membership fees that allow us to create a community and a commercial value for our instructors that gives them the resources that they can use to flourish and thrive.  

International Firewalk Day

The idea for a global celebration for firewalking was first put forward in 2012, but was given energy at the Firewalk Gathering in 2017 in Latvia. This led to the first International Firewalking Day taking place in April 2018. SInce then the celebration has taken place on the first Saturday in April. To find out more about Firewalking Day, CLICK HERE.

Each year, more and more instructors have answered the call. This event is open to everyone – If you are an instructor, you can host an event. If you are not, you can attend an event!

The Gathering

In 2017, Stephen Brown and Rolf and Asa Beckman with Martins and Baiba Vecvanags created the idea of establishing a unified annual meeting for anyone from any firewalking school that celebrated a firewalking spirit. The GFA’s mission’s symbiotic nature made a tangible way for firewalkers from all the different schools to connect. The GFA has supported The Gathering ever since, and vice versa. Since 2017, Rolf Beckman of Eight Directions has been a very vocal supporter of the GFA, and in 2020, he and Steve resolved to invite all the schools to encourage their members to join. The objective was to bring a voice of unity and professionalism.

New GFA – 2020

In the fall of 2020, after contacting the leaders of the most active schools and sending open invitations to join, Eight Directions, Sundoor, The Firewalking Center and Success Formulae, accepted the call to promote and include their students in the GFA. As a new group of 10, the GFA can now offer far more to its members and enthusiasts than before. From 2021, under the new presidency of Peggy Dylan, the GFA is re-organising and rebuilding its offering so that members will be able to have access to the latest and best information there is available. The wisdom, care, love, compassion and knowledge that can be shared to the world through our firewalking instructor members now have a global voice that we think the world needs. The GFA is a not-for-profit, membership organisation, run for its members, funded by membership fees and events and with our current President supported by three other directors and four proxy directors.

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The GFA board

Peggy Dylan

Peggy Dylan

GFA President

A pioneer in motivational and leadership training since 1976, Peggy’s work and insight catapulted the firewalk to national attention as a leading-edge tool for human development in 1982.
Steve Consalvez

Steve Consalvez

Certifying master firewalk trainer

Steve is one of only a handful of Master Certifying Firewalking Trainers in the world at his level, and the only one in the UK, certified by Tolly Burkan. Steve has helped train hundreds of new Firewalking Instructors, from over 25 countries. He is founder the Global Firewalking Association and advises on issues relating to ethics, training, safety, legal, publications, marketing and sales.
Rolf Beckman

Rolf Beckman

Certifying master firewalk trainer

Rolf is a trained psychologist and worked as a therapist and consultant providing service to the social welfare sector. He was certified by Tolly Burkan and Peggy Dylan as a Firewalking Instructor in 1992. In 1996 he was the first FIT Master appointed by Tolly. Rolf has done firewalking around the globe and has certified 100s of Firewalking Instructors.
Kevin Axtell

Kevin Axtell

Certifying master firewalk trainer

Director of The Firewalking Center, Kevin has been personally mentored for over a decade from Firewalking legend Tolly Burkan himself.  He has also had the opportunity to learn in person from many of the global leaders in firewalking including Peggy Dylan, Rolph and Owsa Beckman, John Maisel, and Charles Horton. This has resulted in one of the most well rounded and thorough understandings of firewalking in the world.

Owsa Beckman

Owsa Beckman

Certifying master firewalk trainer

Owsa was raised in the Archipelago of Stockholm. Her interest in nature led her to an academic degree in biology. She moved to Scania to study at Flyinge, the national equestrian centre. Her interest grew in human nature and it’s relation to society, so she studied social work. The studies made her change career and she worked as a therapist and a researcher until Owsa and Rolf started their company in 1996.
Barry Collins

Barry Collins

Certifying master firewalk instructor

Barry has trained with Tolly Burkan, Steve Consalvez & Kevin Axtell and is now part of the training team at Firewalk.co.uk training new firewalk instructors from around the globe, as well assisting Tolly Burkan on the Empowerment Mastery program. He also presents corporate & charity events touching lives from all backgrounds.

HeatherAsh Amara

HeatherAsh Amara

Certifying master firewalk trainer

HeatherAsh Amara has been passionate about sharing the healing of the fire since 1991 when she trained with Peggy Dylan and Tolly Burkan. HeatherAsh is a community leader and best-selling author Warrior Goddess Training, Awaken Your Inner Fire, and her newest book, The Warrior Heart Practice. She currently stewards 180-acres of land outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Advisors

Gary King

Gary King

Logistica advisor

Gary designed and ran all Tony Robbins’ firewalks for 20 years. This included all firewalk site inspections worldwide during that time. He is responsible for the design and builds on all Robbins Research International fire walk equipment. Furthermore, Gary did all the meetings with fire marshals, police and fire service pre, during and post-event, as well as designing and managing all crowd logistics – to and from lanes.
Dan Brulé

Dan Brulé

International training advisor

Dan Brulé is a world-renown pioneer in the field of Breathwork, and leader of the worldwide Spiritual Breathing movement. Dan is one of the originators of Breath Therapy and was among the first group of Internationally Certified Rebirthers. More than 100,000 people in over 50 countries now apply Dan’s breathing exercises and techniques in their work and in their lives.
Tony Simons

Tony Simons

Ethics advisor

Tony Simons is a Professor of Management and Organizations at the Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. His teaching, consulting and research focus on trust, credibility and integrity in teams, leadership and negotiations. He has published over 30 academic articles and a book for managers called The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word (Jossey-Bass, 2008).
Nick Elwell

Nick Elwell

Risk management advisor

Nick is the heads up the UK’s largest holistic insurance provider, BGI, and is keen to share his knowledge of Risk Management, Loss Mitigation and Insurance with members. Whilst not a lawyer, he also has an understanding of the law as it affects his area of expertise. Whilst he has many years of experience in advising on and arranging insurance for every conceivable type of Holistic therapy/activity, he is also a qualified firewalking instructor and has become actively engaged in many of the practices he insures