COVID 19 UPDATE: For the safety of our community and our families, it will be unlikely that we will be hosting sweat lodges in the foreseeable future. Hopefully by the summer of 2021 we will have a successful vaccine and we will be able to gather for our ceremonies again. In the meantime, we will be glad to hear from you but, please, do not expect a reply.
If you have never been here for a sweat lodge, you will need to introduce yourself in writing in order to be invited. There is a several step process which you can expect some days or weeks to accomplish. If you are interested in coming with someone else, that person must also complete this process themselves. Do not procrastinate. The sweat lodge registration period ends 48 hours before the sweat lodge and it may take several days to exchange emails.
We introduce ourselves on this web site and ask that you introduce your self. Follow this protocol:
1) Read the Sweat Lodge Q&A
2) Write an introductory email to me and tell me something about yourself. Please be sure to include all the items asked for:
a) How are you called to the sweat lodge?
b) How did you find us? If someone who has been here told you about us, tell me that person's name.
c) Have you been to sweat lodges before? Tell us about any prior sweat lodges you have attended, where, with whom, how was that experience.
d) To be sure
you have read the Sweat Lodge Q&A, tell me which question seemed most important
to you, and why.
3) If you answer all the above we will respond to your introductory email with information on how to use the sweat lodge web registration system and directions.
We may ask for more information and we expect that there may be some people we will not invite to join us at a lodge. This is our prayer, not a store, and we reserve the right to decline attendance to anyone, at our discretion, even without an explanation. The most likely reason that we may turn someone away is if they display a sense of entitlement or if they seem unable or unwilling to follow these directions.
WHY AM WE BEING "SO MEAN"?
After 13 years of doing ceremony here, we came to the attention of the
local government. Some neighbors had expressed concern and we were
required to cease operations for a few weeks. After some time of prayer,
we met with the
local zoning officer and found him to very helpful. He had done his home
work and understood the spiritual nature of the sweat lodge and that they could
continue after we made it clear that we were not doing "for pay"
workshops here. And reflecting about it all, it is clear that the things
that the neighbors might find annoying are the same things that we have concerns
about. The neighbors sometimes feel that there are too many
cars, too many people, and they worry about "what kind of people" come
here. These are things that concern us also. When more people show
up for a lodge than expected, we end up with too many people and too many
cars. Those are the times when we feel that the sacredness of the sweat
lodge is not respected. And if people come here without a sensitivity for
the sacredness of the sweat lodge ceremony, we join with the neighbors in
wondering what kind of people are coming here.
Here are some things that are important
1) Sweats will be
limited to 20 attendees
2) Attendees will
have to pre-register at least 48 hours before a sweat (registration will not be
available until 21 days before a sweat)
will be done at an online ticketing service, you will have to write to me
to get the link
4) DO NOT BRING ANYONE who has not introduced themselves
by the procedure above. This is
sacred prayer, not a store, and
ourselves as well as
to know who comes here.
5) BE ON TIME:
plan things so you can be here at 6:30 PM and plan on
leaving by 9:30 PM
6) There is no charge for this ceremony.
I know that these