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What to Expect: · The medicine sweat lodge is a healing ceremony. With drums, shakers, song and prayer, we are encouraged to let go of negative emotions, energies that hold us back from living life in compassion and joy. · The ceremony will take a minimum of 2-3 hours, followed by a potluck meal. · Rocks are heated in a large fire outside, and brought into the lodge several at a time. · The door is closed; water is splashed on the rocks to create a medicinal, healing steam. · The ceremony is done in four rounds, each lasting 15-20 minutes, or the duration of 4 songs. The door is opened and those wishing to stretch their legs, get a drink of water may do so. What to wear: · This is an outdoor experience, so dress appropriately to spend time outdoors. · Men wear bathing suit and towel inside the lodge; women traditionally wear long skirt or wrap with a tee shirt, or dress, or nightgown. · Metal objects should be not be brought into the lodge(jewelry) What to bring: · Tobacco is given as an offering. Tobacco is used to honour the spirits, bless the fire, rocks etc. A pouch of loose tobacco or pack of cigarettes is appropriate. Donation or honorarium to offset the cost of operations. An appropriate energy exchange is important, including skills or talents that contribute to lodge operations. ·Optional “Prints” are offerings of coloured broadcloth, usually 1 meter, any colour but black or grey. · towel · Drinking water · Potluck dish · Change of clothes** Basic Rules: · Women on their moon time( menstrual cycle) are traditionally asked not to attend the sweat lodge. No drugs (other than prescription) or alcohol consumption for two days prior.