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April 2017 : Event Details
Sat, Apr 8
4:00pm - 9:00pm
sweat lodge
Sweat Lodge (Inipi) Ceremony
Participate in an ancient sacred ceremony
Kerry Batteau

The Sweat Lodge Ceremony pre-dates recorded history and was practiced in some form by every culture in the world. These sweats were held for reasons ranging from relaxation and socialization to healing and purification. Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) and facilitator Kerry Batteau offer a sweat focused on prayer, purification, recognition and healing. The lodge is a small dome-shaped structure in which participants sit on the earth. Heated stones are placed in the center of the lodge and the leader, or water pourer, pours water over the stones to create steam. There are four rounds that include the singing of sacred songs, and after each round the lodge door is opened for more stones to be brought in. Please note that the lodge is a small enclosure that is dark and extremely hot inside. If you have claustrophobia or any medical conditions that prevent you from going into a sauna, you should not participate in this ceremony. We want people to have a safe experience, so there are certain protocols that need to be followed:

1. Women on their moon cycle (Sacred Monthly Time) should not participate in the sweat. That is a powerful ceremony in itself and, according to the elders, we cannot be in two ceremonies at the same time.

2. Dress for men is shorts or swim trunks with no metal on them. Dress for women is a dress or skirt that goes below the knees (or sweat pants). Please do not wear sleeveless tank tops, bathing suits, metal jewelry, or makeup.

3. Bring at least two towels, one for inside the lodge and one for drying off afterwards.

4. Bring dry clothing to wear after the sweat.

5. There will be a sacred fire outside the lodge that the grandfathers (stones) are heated in. Do not throw any trash into the sacred fire—it is not a bonfire.

6. Bring tobacco (loose smoking tobacco) as an offering. Prayer ties are welcome to be hung in the lodge or placed upon the altar. During warm months prayer ties will be made at Prairiewoods before the sweat starts. If making prayer ties, please bring cotton cloth (in black, red, yellow and white), string, loose tobacco and scissors.

7. Outside the lodge door is an altar made of earth. Sacred items may be placed upon the altar. Please respect the altar and do not handle others’ items.

8. Hydrate well before the sweat. Please bring bottled water or other drinks to share (no alcohol). We usually have some fresh fruit to share after the sweat too.

9. The sweat leader will talk more about the ceremony itself before and during the actual ceremony. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have before the ceremony.

10. Please meet at the sweat lodge on the Prairiewoods grounds before the start time.

A release form will need to be signed through Prairiewoods. These forms are available at the front desk and at the lodge. A suggested offering of $10 will be accepted at the door. (Please note that any offerings go to Prairiewoods, not to anyone associated with the preparation or running of the Sweat Lodge Ceremony.) A light meal (soup, veggies, cheese, etc.) is shared following the ceremony; please bring something to share. For additional information, read Mother Earth Spirituality by Ed McGaa or The Sacred Pipe by Black Elk. Registration is required and these ceremonies often fill up, so please register early!

Regular Registration Fees
Free Commuter (None Available)
Program Code: 17PWS12007
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