Please know our ceremonies are sacred to us. We welcome all our relatives who are searching for cleansing and healing. The next Community Sweat Lodge Ceremony will be TBA, at 1pm in Stead Manitoba, Canada. (map to ceremony grounds is available by emailing: BrianM36@shaw.ca)
The information below was made for people coming to ceremony and is gratefully shared as guidance to anyone going to a Sweat Lodge ceremony for the first time. Please remember that each Sweat Lodge ceremony is unique and it is always good to ask and/or watch how each ceremony is shared.
The Sacred Sweat Lodge is among one of many kinds of Indigenous ceremonies. The cleansing (breath of life) and connection of spirit to all life (Our Relatives) has been past down for thousands of years by the ancestors who walk a way of life of respect for all life as their relatives and as a sacred part of Creation. For those who attend the Sweat Lodge ceremony as a way of life it is mino-pimatiziwin (a good way of life). Learning through cleansing is a continuous spiritual journey given by the Creator (in how each nation, community, person understands the Creator) and guided by the Grandfathers, Grandmothers and Spirit Helpers.The basic elements of life (fire, water, earth, air) are brought together to bring life teachings and healing to the people who enter the Sweat Lodge.
No ceremonial leader runs a ceremony exactly the same as another, they are all different. The people, the practice, and the teachings are all varied from the different places (of the many Nations) you may go. Go to a few . . . then decide where you feel the most comfortable. Trust your intuition. Some teachings you may not agree with, but it is not our place to argue or discredit someone else’s teachings. Try to listen and take in the connection of your spirit and you will find a journey that people will learn where they belong.
The Grandfather rocks are placed within the Sweat Lodge (Grandmother) hold the spirit of our ancestors. From a more physical perspective cleansing within the sweat lodge releases toxins from the body and helps to release stress. For those who have deepened their connection/relationship to the ceremony of the sweat lodge the cleansing holds much more than only the physical cleansing.