The Ancestor Sweat Lodge will be at Sacred Groves on Bainbridge. RSVP yes ONLY after reading this event in its entirety. * Woman's Only Event *
Performing a lodge near the time when it is said, the veil is the thinnest, will be a powerful …. In this Ancestor Sweat Lodge, we will work on becoming hollow bones between the Spirit world, the fire, and the lodge. I will open the way for you to speak with, and feed your Ancestor Spirits, and all of our relations in the Ancestor realms. There will be time to express humor, to cry, to heal, to laugh, and to show joy but he most part of the sweat lodge should be experienced seriously. The lodge makes us realize how pure, innocent, and restored we can be after we exit and experience a new birth, born anew into our sacred lives. There have been many dreams, visions, and medicine teachings prepared for this lodge. I have found many times that right before the sweat lodge I will go into the lodge, and the spirits or creator will send me in a new direction for the ceremony. The spirits and the creator know the hearts, the spirits and souls of the women who will be entering the lodge. The creator knows what each person needs before she enters the lodge. This is why the spirits and creator sometimes changes the focus and direction of the lodge. This information is given to me, this is why change happens. Some of my lodges are led by the spirit of an ancestor of a person in the lodge, or the spirit of the lodge itself. Every step of the way is a sacred process where we only seek the highest divine happenings. Gentle, yet powerful… shall I count you in?
This is open to all women over 18 years of age, inside or outside the She Who Seeks Community and the Sunshine Grove. This will be posted on the SWS site as well so you will not see all the attendees here. This lodge will not have a limit set for now, however the interior lodge capacity is 15-22. Do you want to come but NOT be in the sweat lodge? Please do. We will be providing space outside for those who would enjoy melding with the lodge's work, yet be on the outside vs inside of the lodge. You can hear us, we can hear you, you are included every step along the way. It's a gentle, powerful way to attend lodge.
To read about our Rainbow Way of sweat lodges, as they are fun and gentle - go here to read about our gentle way of the sweat lodge: Go Here:
Any woman on their 'moon time' are welcome in this lodge.
Date: Saturday October 26, 2013
Fire Lighting, Fire Tending and Door Keepers: My Long Dance Sister Ruth Raven, from the old Raven Turtle Lodge, will be our primary Fire Tender. Cara, will be her side by for the ceremony and Tere is TBD. Ruth will be lighting the fire between 10:30 and 11:00. If you want to be part of this please arrive and plan accordingly. I am currently seeking two door experienced Door Tenders for the ceremony. Please email me at [masked] Women in service have their donation waived.
Arrival: Please arrive and be ready to begin the ceremony for the lodge and the lodge by 11:00 Ferry times etc are below in the Location section. If you want to stay they day before or after the lodge, please contact Therese at Sacred Groves directly to make arrangements.
Bring: This is a clothing optional lodge. Most women do enter the lodge just as they were born into this world yet, please be free to do whatever suits your needs. We will NOT have any chairs in this lodge. Please wear comfy clothing and dress no matter the weather. Drums, rattles or other instruments or percussion are always welcome. We will have access to the Dome to store your items and to dine in case the weather lets loose.
Ancestor Spirit Offerings: Bring with you, a small bundle construct of materials safe to burn. Within this bundle, place any offering you wish to gift to the Ancestors, and also place food within.The food is traditionally gifted to the fire, to feed your Ancestors. Bring this bundle with you, and set it upon the Altar right outside of the lodge before entering. There will be a round in which we emerge from the lodge, to the fire, and they will be handed to the Fire Tender which will place them into the fire, then we return to the lodge.
Fire Wood: Firewood is available for this Ceremony however, you will be blessed by bringing along a bundle or pieces of wood that are Sacred to you. Sacred wood and herbs are most welcomed as the Fire Tenders will be placing them within the fire for the invocations and lighting.
Food: Please bring a nourishing prepared potluck item, serving utensil, utensils for your meal, and a plate, including a mug. Pack all of your own trash out please. Bring your own water bottle, and it's suggested you provide yourself with nutritious energy supplement such as emergen-C. Water bottles are welcome in the lodge. We will not be providing electricity or ovens to heat food. Bring a serving utensil. Plan on bringing your plate etc home unwashed as we will not be providing any kitchen service. BRING AMPLE WATER FOR YOURSELF.
Time: 9:30– 7ish pm or so. Remember we are on Spirit time, so please allow for flexible time. This is not a day to be in a rush. Everyone MUST arrive to help put the lodge blankets on, and stay to help put the Lodge blankets back away, clean up our potluck and leave the land as we found it. PLEASE DO NOT leave early, and leave the others to do this alone. It's the Woman's Way to help beyond yourself. Plan to come earlier if you would like to assist in the per-preparations of the ceremony such as blessing the wood, the fire pit, the lodge and such.
Advance Donation: $30.00 - $50.00 - Donations must be mailed to me no later than October 16th. No checks. No exceptions. If your donation does not arrive by October 16th, your RSVP will be moved to a NO. Mail to: WoMN[masked]th St Ct E, Edgewood, WA 98372
Location: We will be meeting in the Meadow of Sacred Groves and not at the Round House. Please park in the lot named Moonlodge, which is the last primitive lot on the left ONLY. DO NOT park on the street for ANY reason, it does not allow firetruck access if a neighbor needs their assistance. Here are the directions: Click here Ferry Schedule to Bainbridge from Seattle: Click here: Sacred Groves is on 10 acres of lush forest and the meadow is very private.
Carpooling is highly suggested so please email those that rsvp yes directly. If you need a ride, please do NOT rsvp until you have a ride.
Preparation: We have a file in the 'more files' section above. It tells you about the lodge and how to prepare. Every woman practices self-care.
I personally bring two towels, one to sit on in the lodge and one to dry off with after a quick wash. I also bring an extra bottle of mineral water to drink right after the lodge and a quick snack like a bananna etc. The potluck takes a bit of time to get going after the lodge due to getting dressed etc...
Women in Service: The women in service travel great distance, put in time preparing, and are in service to you all day. it is a tradition that you bring a gift for the fire tenders, the door tender and for the water pourer... Ideas: Tobacco, a special stone, herbes, a poem, a feather, .. .... something special you want to pass on... nothing that you have to purchase ...just a gift of gratitude for them being in service to you while you are in the lodge.
More About Preparations For The Day
Presented as written from Sacred Groves. When you come into the sweatlodge, you will be bringing with you, your four sacred bodies (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) that are reflected in the four sacred directions of the ancient medicine wheel. It is important for you to begin ahead of time to thoughtfully/prayerfully prepare each of these bodies. You are each responsible for choosing/creating what that preparation looks like. For the physical body, it could mean altering your regular eating/drinking habits for some days prior to the lodge. If you use sugar, tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs, it would be best to clear your system of these the day of the sweatlodge. On the emotional side, you might reflect on what feelings, resentments, and patterns you are holding onto that no longer serve your life, and open to releasing them yet know these are not counseling sessions. In the mental realm, you might choose a practice that empties your mind, and opens it up to receiving new insights and understandings that may be "beyond thought". In the spiritual realm you might take time to receive and articulate guidance from the grandmothers.