Sweat Lodges are ceremonies of Prayer and Purification. Healing is at the crux of the ceremony. It is a mending of the broken connections between us and all my relations,' words that are used when we pray. These words create a kinship with other people, the land, plants, insects, water life, animals and all creation. It is a sacred act of renewal

Tom and Kristen (Water Pourers) have been taught by Joseph Rael. 

We have found that the 10 AM start time is works well. It gives everyone an opportunity to assist with the fire building ceremony and other preparations. We then have fruitful discussions and sharing about various Joseph Rael teachings. When people show up on time, there is no distraction from the ceremony by late comers. All are able to commit, cooperate and contribute.

The Elders of the chamber encourage all of you to walk the land before the lodge, and convey your thoughts of gratitude to the land.  We have cornmeal and ceremonial tobacco which you can feed to the trees and the land on your short meditative walk.  Also, there will be materials for the making of Prayer Ties which you may carry into the Lodge.  Someone will be on hand to remind you how to do this.  

Come early for sweat lodge ceremonies.  The usual 1 pm time is the time we plan to enter the lodge and everyone needs to be present before then to help with the process, invest in the ceremony, get acquainted with others and be educated with the introduction.  The ceremony actually starts with laying the fire so the suggested time of arrival is 10am.   All are encouraged to be here for the entire ceremony, but definitely by 12 noon.

About the Sweat Lodge Ceremony:  The actual sweat lodge, with the introduction lasts about two hours. There will be a potluck meal after the lodge. Please bring food, not snacks.  Bring clothes for wearing after the lodge. Attire for the lodge should be modest and non-revealing: men: loose swimsuit or shorts; women: long dress, preferably w/sleeves or sleeved top and long skirt. Bring a towel and a water bottle and work gloves, if you have them. The ceremony and protocols are explained before the lodge. You may leave the lodge at any time. Understand that sitting by the fire you are also in the ceremony: a powerful time to pray and meditate. If you need to leave the lodge itself the ceremony continues for you around the fire. Participants are allowed to come back into the lodge if they need to sit outside for a portion of the ceremony.

Please call Tom or Kristen at 610-469-9029 for information and confirmation. Donations for Lodges and Chamber are appreciated.



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