Sweat lodge is one of the most sacred ceremonies, not only for Native American, but for different indigenous people around the world. This ancient tradition is a healing ceremony for body, mind, heart and spirit, where we can pray for ourselves, our friends and beloved ones. It also helps us to reconnect with Mother Earth and all her children, who are our Great Family.
The Sweat Lodge ceremonies at the Lunar Festival are coordinated by Shane “Running Hawk” Venter and they will follow Native American traditions. In the lodge area you will be in a sacred space so please practice due respect.
Sweat Lodge ceremonies are an ancient and pure medicine, a temple to honour the elements of earth, fire, water and air. To give thanks, to heal, to seek wisdom, and to purify the mind, body, and soul.
Sweat lodge ceremonies are group purification rituals used for a broad range of purposes, depending on the culture and the occasion. This sweat lodge ceremony will follow Native American traditions, to purify the body and mind, and to uplift the spirit.
The Sweat lodge ceremonies will take place in a domed, lodge built of saplings. A fire is lit directly outside the lodge where the stones are heated and brought in over four rounds of prayer and song.
From a physical aspect, this ceremony is the same as a sauna because hot rocks and water are used inside, with the difference being that this is a spiritual journey so if you’ve been in a sauna you’ll be fine in the Sweat Lodge. It’s worth it!
If the high temperature becomes unbearable any person may leave the Sweat Lodge if they are feeling unwell or feel that they are not able to finish.
Inside the lodge Grandfathers of the earth (red-hot rocks) are brought from the fire and are placed one at a time in the centre pit. The doors are closed and ceremony continues…. and the steam comes.
There will be several ceremonies per day but to avoid disappointment there’s a booking form below so get that to us and we’ll reserve your spot for an amazing experience that is life-changing!
If nothing else, you’ll come out with a superbly cleansed skin.
- Under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or suitable adult..
- It is suggested that women wear a long dress or sarong. Men can wear shorts.
- Take a towel for afterwards.
- Metal jewellery should not be worn in the lodge.
- You are not permitted to participate in a Sweat Lodge ceremony if there is alcohol or drugs in your body.
- Anyone with high blood pressure, or any heart conditions should not participate.
- Women on their menstrual period are asked not to participate in the sweat lodge ceremony.
In May 2001 I searched for a Native American Medicine Man who would be willing to teach me their ways and traditions. My search brought me to a Mohawk Native American Jerome Rockwell on the Miccosukkie reservation in Florida , USA.
I attended my first Sweat lodge with him near the reservation. A couple of days later he accepted and agreed to train and teach me. To start my training we set out into the everglades to search and harvest willow branches to build a new sweat lodge at his house on the reservation. Jerome also put me straight to work as a fire-keeper.
Due to certain circumstances my time with Jerome came to an end when finding myself being guided to Connecticut. While there I came across another medicine man by the name of Chief Fox Running who put me on a mountain for my first Vision Quest for 4 days and 4 nights on a fast without food and water.
I was later invited to look after a house of Blue Spruce Standing Deer on the Taos Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. Where I was later adopted into the family by Joe and Frances Suazo. I was however not invited into their ceremonies or taken to their sacred sites as no foreigners are allowed. In Taos New Mexico I received an Initiation ceremony with a Lakota Sundance chief, Golden Light Eagle, which consisted of a 7 day fast with sweat lodge each day.
My journey took me further south to Mexico. There I got the chance to learn and experience about the way the Native Mexicans run their sweat Lodges which is called Temazcal. I also got to complete my 4th Vision Quest Ceremony on the Mountain in Mexico. In a place called Amatlan in the State of Morelos, Mexico a North, Native American Sun-dance Ceremony was brought down by elders of The Lakota tribe from South Dakota. The first 2 years I Supported the Sun-dance and got my calling to dance in the Sun-dancer for the 3rd Sun-dance ceremony in Mexico. I have since completed my fourth Sun-dance.
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EACH CEREMONY HAS LIMITED SPACE SO PLEASE MAKE A BOOKING TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.
Your ticket at the gate comes with coupons that you use as tender in the festival grounds. The Sweat Lodge experience needs a lot of energy in the form of fire and manpower however this comes to you at a much reduced price than what you’d normally pay. A contribution of R250 worth of coupons for this one gets you in. Aho