A sweat lodge detoxifies the body by stimulating blood circulation and causing you to sweat out impurities. You are typically naked or wrapped in a towel.
There are several styles of structures used in different cultures; these include a domed or oblong hut,a permanent structure made of wood or stone, or even a simple hole dug into the ground and covered with planks or tree trunks. Rocks are heated up in a fire outside the lodge, then brought into the center of the lodge with a shovel and placed in a dug pit. More rocks are brought in, traditionally in four rounds, and the sweat lodge gets progressively hotter.
Pouring water on the rocks creates steam, which makes the sweat lodge feel even hotter. Sweatgrass or sage is scattered on the rocks. You would be smudged with sage or impepo smoke before entering the sweat lodge, to aid with the ritual purification. It is usual to offer up prayers, share your thoughts with others, and ask for the release of pain and suffering.
Sweat Lodges are a part of traditional Native American (first peoples) culture and medicine, a sacred ceremony aimed at both spiritual and physical cleansing. In traditional Southern Africa (Zulu and Shona – Zimbabwe) this process is similar to Ukufutha (Zulu) and Kupfungaidza. I have been trained in both process and use the Native American traditional Sweat Lodge healing process in my healing work.
Times: 2:30 – 8:00pm
Dates: 3 June 2017
What to bring: Towel, swimming costume/trunks, sarong, musical instrument (rattle, djembe drum) and Camping gear (tent etc)
Place: 116 Main Vereeniging Road, Walkerville. GPS 116 R82 Walkerville.
Booking is Essential!
TO BOOK: Email Ursula on firstname.lastname@example.org: m 0762370127 : t 011 447 8850
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Things to Know about Sweat Lodges
Sweat lodges are typically safe, and it is possible to participate in them safely. But there are a few things you should know about sweat lodges before you rush in.
- Know The Person Who “Pours The Waters” In The Sweat Lodge. In the Native American tradition, the person who “pours the waters” is the spiritual leader of the ceremony and responsible for monitoring the mental and physical condition of each participant. You need to be able to trust they know what they’re doing. Find out their background, are they initiated shamans (sangomas), experience, and who they learned from, just like you would check out anyone else you’re trusting with your health.
- Know How Many People Will Be In The Sweat Lodge. The typical number of people in a sweat lodge is eight to 12, but it can go up to two dozen in a traditional sweat lodge.
- Know Your Sweat Lodge Etiquette. Sweat lodges will vary in how they’re run. At more traditional sweat lodges, you might be wrapped in towels, wear light clothing (swmining costume), or go naked (especially if it’s not co-ed). At private sweat lodges, the person who invites you is responsible for instruction on clothing, behavior, and expectations.
- Have An Exit Strategy From The Sweat Lodge. People respond differently to heat. Listen to your body and step outside the sweat lodge to cool off and drink water if you need to. Make sure that is the philosophy of the person who “pours the waters.” Some sweat lodge discourage people from leaving. Feeling free to leave is especially important if you’re new to sweat lodges. When I run a sweat loge I encourage participants to leave if they need to and return in the next door.
- If It Doesn’t Feel Right…Leave. A sweat lodge involves a high level of trust. In some sweat lodges you might be naked or wrapped in towels; in others you might wear light cotton clothing. But when it’s done authentically you’re entering a sacred space of healing. It is customary to make “offerings.” or “sacrifice” or reciprocal exchange (in our modern day living this is through money). Any sexual overtures are a sign that something is wrong.
- Know Who Shouldn’t Be In a Sweat Lodge. People who should not participate in a sweat lodge including pregnant women and people with high blood pressure, epilepsy or medical conditions like heart disease.
- Take Precautions Before Entering the Sweat Lodge. Don’t wear jewelry (it can cause burns). Don’t eat a heavy meal right before a sweat lodge experience (it puts a strain on the circulatory system.) Eat lightly, and wait a few hours.
- Be Aware of The Cultural Sensitivities. This is a sacred ceremony with spiritual significance, and many Native Americans believe it shouldn’t be adapted for casual or commercial use.