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Sweat Lodge

Purification & Prayer Lodge

Sweat Lodge

Lodge in the time of Corona Virus

Distance Drumming

Saturday, May 2, 2020

led by: Sarah Franklin & Hannah Dunemann

May's scheduled sweat lodge was changed to a drumming that you could participate in your own space in your own way. We feel called to be together even at a distance for more reasons than to sweat alone.

from the May invitation:

Hannah and Sarah will come together and you are invited to join us from where you are. Though we cannot be physically together with you, we are connected with you in a way that the world is coming to understand more and more these days. Set aside the time, pull-out that beautiful drum of yours, feed it, and prepare your space. We are all in this together and we'll see you in the drum beat on Saturday.”

As we approach the date for our June lodge, the lodge leader along with the firekeeper, lodge elder and council will determine whether we will once again have a “distance” lodge, or another type of ceremony. Watch this space as well as our newsletter and Facebook group for details.


Saturday, June 6th

Information to follow later in the month.

A sweat lodge, or a stone people’s lodge, can be an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the mother’s womb (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.

Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness help intensify and hold our prayers and add to our personal introspection.

The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.

General Information

SATURDAY Lodge:  The fire is generally started at 10:00 am.

It is suggested that you to arrive near this time so you can prayerfully prepare for the lodge.

  • Call Steve Citty, 1-865-300-4424 for information on lodges.
  • If you have any questions, please ask the lodge master and/or the fire tender.
  • Composting toilets are located in the meadow and near the Peace Sound Chamber.
  • You may change clothes in either the Peace Sound Chamber or the composting toilets.

Safety Guidelines - click here

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Please dress modestly for this ceremony.
  • Two towels (one to bring in the lodge with you and one for after the lodge)
  • Change of clothes.
  • Food to share for the feast after the lodge.

It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary donation for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.

Directions to the Sweat Lodge

Leaving the driveway at the Center, turn right on Graves-Delozier Road. At the first right (a paved road), drive down the hill. Please park in the meadow. The sweat lodge is in the north end of the meadow.

directions to the Center

Donations for the Lodge

The Center for Peace is a non-profit organization that is blessed to continue based on the donations of members and those who attend its functions. Donations are used to support the sweat lodge. A cord of wood, for example, costs more than $200. We use lots of wood for the fire as well as supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, sweetgrass, and more. Donations are always appreciated.

THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE FOR CEREMONY.  IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING ABUNDANT, PLEASE DON’T ALLOW THIS TO PREVENT YOU FROM COMING.  If you have no idea what would be appropriate, we would suggest $20 although less, more, an item, and/or a prayer would also be very much appreciated.