Sweat lodge ceremonies are more than just sweating — they’re purification rituals used for a broad range of purposes to heal, to seek wisdom, and to purify the mind, body, and soul. Our sweat lodges honor many native traditions and are eclectic in nature – meaning we do not prescribe to one lineage.
Sweat lodges are different from saunas in two important ways. First, saunas are all about the heat, while sweat lodges are spiritually focused. Second, while it’s not recommended to stay in a sauna for longer than 20-30 minutes, sweat lodge ceremonies last several hours. Every aspect of a sweat lodge ceremony, from the construction of the lodge itself to the prayers offered, is imbued with deeply spiritual symbolism. The shape of the lodge is intended to represent the womb of the Earth, which renews and purifies those within it.
The ceremony itself is often divided into four parts representing different spiritual challenges. The sweat lodge is a special place that engenders introspection and communion with the Earth, as well as a renewal of social and cultural bonds. Chanting, drumming, and meditation empowers participants to endure the heat for much longer than one normally can, teaching participants to overcome physical discomfort and frustration – an awesome metaphor for life.