DATE: Sat 11th May 2013 - 10am to 7pm.
Please read all information below for preparation. To book, please text us on 075 0443 8763 or call us on 0131 449 3266.
About the Lodge
The Sweat Lodge, is an ancient sacred ceremony, and as such, one of the most powerful healing ceremonies. It is symbolic of entering the womb of the Earth Mother, so that we can be reborn; it is a ceremony for cleansing and purification. The hot stones that we bring inside the lodge are like the bones of the mother. The steam that comes up from the rocks is the breath of life. By sweat and prayer we can clean our bodies of toxins, clear our mind of negativity, drop old habits or limitations, clear feelings that create separation and heighten our spirits.
It is good to participate in a lodge at times of new beginnings in our lives with for example, marriage, divorce, birth, death, new year, birthday, new enterprise, new relationship, etc. The Lodge is a good way to prepare ourselves, do a clearing, make space, release “the old” and call in “the new” that we want to bring into our lives.
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The Lodge Facilitators
Cláudia Goncalves Standing Stone holds a deep honour for the Sacred Healing traditions passed down to her from her indigenous grandmothers and rich shamanic culture from her homeland Brazil. Cláudia is committed to actively creating positive change and healing where her work is needed. Her work is dedicated to the empowerment of individuals, community and all those seeking vision, self-realisation and growth throughout their personal spiritual journey. Read more about Claudia
Mark is an inspirational teacher who holds unconditional love at heart together with incredible light coming through from his soul and guides. In 2005 he had the honour to be invited to volunteer, live and work with the Navahos where he assimilated much of the teachings he shares with us today. An intuitive healer since birth, a channel for Spirit, and an experienced healer of animals and people, whether channeling spirit guides, universal healing energy or supporting personal growth through soul recovery, Mark’s work flows from the heart.
Read more about Mark
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Some restrictions for participating in the Sweatlodge.
If female participants are in their moon time (menstruating) around the time of the ceremony, then please contact Claudia. Depending on the day of your flow, it will not be possible to take part in the Ceremony. The reasons are rooted in respect and honour of the Feminine, as it is not a time to put extra strain in the body. At moon times there are big changes in the flow of energy in our body.
Sweat lodge is not compatible with pregnancy.
It is not possible for you to participate in a Sweatlodge Ceremony if you have: high blood pressure, angina, migraines, panic attacks, claustrophobia, strong back pain, ashma, diabetes or any other strong medical condition.
Three days days before it would be helpful if you avoid alcohol, red meat and cigarettes (if you are a smoker), this will assist and begin our cleansing process.
We will meet in the morning and work together as a community, preparing for the lodge, gathering the wood, the stones, clearing the area, making the fire, covering the lodge, etc. The fire needs to be on for 2 or 3 hours for the stones to get hot. After the fire is done we will have time to share, prepare and talk about the lodge.
For your own safety and well-being, it is important that you let us know if you have any of the following conditions or any other condition that may be relevant to you participating or not in the lodge: high blood pressure, angina, migraines, claustrophobia, any allergy, back pain, pregnancy, panic attacks or if you are under any strong medication. All the information given is strictly confidential.
Fasting is very beneficial and will heighten our awareness. If fasting all day is really difficult for you then we recommend you eat fruit or something light during the day.
The mound of the earth outside the lodge is the altar. It is sacred and powerful. You can bring small objects or crystals to place in the altar if you wish.
Absolutely no alcoholic beverage or drugs are allowed on the day.
If you have to wait for your lodge to begin, please be patient, and use the time to consider what you want to release and what prayers you would make for yourself, your loved ones, your Earth Mother and your relations upon Her.
During the lodge, we can rub parts of our body that have pains or sickness, putting our hands on it and directing energy towards it and praying for healing.
If you are too hot in the lodge, keep your face to the ground and breath in the coolness of the Earth, let go of what may be holding you back and pray hard. Within the sweat lodge, when you are offered water to drink, remember this is the lifeblood of the Earth Mother, and feel its healing energy flowing through you.
After leaving the lodge, it is best to rinse your body to wash the toxins you have released and to close the pores. Also after the ceremony, give yourself a quiet space before you go back to the group. Relax or meditate.
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What to bring
We are asked to be modest and to keep ourselves clothed while inside the lodge. Please bring light clothes to wear inside, clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. Suggestions: 2 towels, a bathing suit, light cotton t-shirt for women: a sarong if you have one (for women), shorts (men). Also outdoor warm clothes, cloves, a torch if the lodge is happening during winter time, boots or wellington boots (around the area can be very muddy at certain times of the year). You will also need to bring plenty of water to drink all day and some light food to share afterwards.
TIMES: We will all meet at 10am on the day of the lodge at the terminus bus stop in Balerno. We will finish the lodge around 7pm. Please leave the evening free so we don't have to rush.
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The process after the lodge
It will really help if you can avoid any doings until next morning or if at all possible even for the whole day. The integration process takes a few weeks, however, the time and space that you give to yourself after the lodge will be the foundation for that process to go as smooth as possible. Also, if a few days after the lodge you feel you need to talk to us, please do get in touch. The lodge is very powerful and it is a wonderful experience of transformation, releasing and getting in touch with a greater meaning and love inside. Sometimes that process is not so easy and if that is the case for you, please do get in touch and we will support you in all the ways we can.
The Sweat Lodge is a unique spiritual journey. The Ceremony will open up a doorway of deep healing, purification, new beginnings, clarity and more joy and love into your life.
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We do not charge for the Ceremony itself, we do, however, ask for a suggested contribution towards our time working during the whole day, towards rent of the woodland and towards getting materials. Suggested contribution: £50, £40 or £30 concession. If financially this is not possible for you, please talk to us, the lodge is a Sacred Ceremony for Healing and as such is open to all regardless of financial circumstances.
"Lets make it Sacret, for it is Sacret." With love and light from the facilitators Claudia Standing Stone and Mark Halliday
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