What is a Sweat lodge ?
The Sweat lodge is a magical place that draws us back to the womb of the earth.
Here we find ourselves in remembrance with all life. By way of shamanic journeying, we connect with our ancestors as they speak through the stones and we listen. They tell us stories that we may have long forgotten, stories that help us to find our belonging in our families, societies and in the world at large, that help us connect with our purpose.
The sweat lodge consists of four rounds, each honouring an element. We open and close with prayer. In each round we sit, meditate, sing, receive insight and healing. There is a lot to pray for and often the prayers we really need to express are the ones we have yet to discover. Our hearts sing as we find these unknown prayers and deepen our relationship with what is most important to our life and all life.
The Sweat lodge is a shamanic journey, where we come together in prayer, song and silence to remember the life inside, our heartbeat much like the drum beat. Regardless of what we have been through or how we find ourselves, here we are still standing; we can acknowledge the ways that Spirit is weaving beauty in our lives and cultivate gratitude for this precious gift. When we enter the womb of the earth, which the sweat lodge represents in many traditions, we humble ourselves to remember this force inside that can guide us to the movements in our lives that our souls are calling for, maybe even crying for.
The steam from the grandmother stones helps us to open our hearts and minds to the blessing of life and to acknowledge our responsibility to embrace our path. Only one chance to be the people we are, lets show up and make a difference, for ourselves and all life!
Our Sweat lodge offerings:
- Open groups – Mixed lodges as well as separate Womens and Mens lodges at our home in Highlands north.
- Closed groups – we hold lodges for private groups.
- We also facilitate Sweat lodges at other venues.
HYDRATE with water the day before up to lodge time (Bring your own water bottle although water is available if you forget
~ EAT well but lightly before lodge
~ WEAR comfortable loose clothing (Women wear costume/ sarong. Men wear costume/ shorts )
~ WOMEN might also like to bring a shawl.
~ WEAR sandals or flip flops to remove before entering lodge
~ TOWEL to dry off
~REMOVE ALL METAL, including jewelry.
How to prepare
Our lodge is facilitated, we share the teachings from the lineages that we have been working with for over 10 years. This ensures the safety of all that participate. See Guidelines below:
Eat lightly before the lodge. Some people find it useful to do cleanse/ fast the day before but this is not essential. Avoid/ limit alcohol intake in the days leading up to the lodge
Please let us know if you have any medical conditions before going into lodge so we are aware of your needs.