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SHAMANIC CEREMONIAL SWEAT LODGE
All Nations Lodge is based on native and ancient teachings from all lands, cultures, tribes and nations with an emphasis on the Mayan Cosmology and Earth shift prophesies.
Below are all the details:
NEW RESERVATION POLICY: The reason for this new policy is that people on the waiting list haven’t been able to get a spot, because many people with reservations haven’t been showing up. Soooooooo, no more waiting lists. Now when you RSVP you will be required to pay through WePay. If you made your reservation before the WePay went into effect, then you're reservation is not guaranteed unless you make your contribution in advance or you are a regular who attends every month and we can count on you showing up. In the future, if you are a regular who attends nearly every month and want to RSVP without paying in advance for some reason, you can message, text, or call me, and I will put you on my private list--805-469-9847. If you prefer to prepay through paypal instead of WePay, you can use my email address to make your contribution—email@example.com--PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INDICATE WHO THE RESERVATION IS FOR IN YOUR PAYPAL TRANSACTION, or you can send a check made out to me Patrick Harbula to the same address as the event location. If you choose this option, I will put you on my private list as well. You can get a refund for your advance payment if your plans change and you cancel 48 hours in advance. If you want to do a trade for your contribution if space is available, you can also call me and I will put you on my private list. Please remember that your reservation is only guaranteed if you make your contribution in advance unless you are a regular attendee. As long as reservations don't exceed our capacity of 30 everyone will get a spot. We will try this new procedure for a while, and feel free to give me your feedback about it.
SACREDNESS: The sweat lodge is a sacred ceremony, so please come with a sacred intention, and maintain the focus of that intention throughout your time here with us. We come together to re-enter the womb of Mother Earth to be purified and reborn, and have fun in the process.
DONATIONS: We do appreciate your donations as a great deal of time, energy, and resources go into the offering of these sweat lodges. The requested contribution is $30 per person. To have a guaranteed reservation, you must make your contribution in advance through paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org . You are of course welcome if you don't have $30 to spare, but an exchange of something equal in value is requested, perhaps an item you have made or something you no longer use. You can also offer the service of your time, to help with building the fire (which usually happens at 3 p.m. on the day of the ceremony), spitting wood, etc. Or here’s a new idea: Bring $30 worth of wood that you gather. We particularly need branches like 4’ long and 3” or more in diameter, but any natural wood (definitely not particle board or plywood) without any coating will work. Logs are nice too. Please call in advance to arrange any kind of exchange. 805-469-9847. Trades will only be made if there are spots available after those making the financial contribution have received one.
CANCELLATIONS: If your plans have changed, please cancel 24 hours in advance if at all possible, so we can offer your spot to someone else. We do keep track of those who don't show up. We understand emergencies come up, but if we don't receive a cancellation with adequate time without a really good reason, you may not be invited to attend in the future. I hope you understand we set this boundary in order to provide the best experience possible for our sweat lodge community.
TIMING: The new start time for all year round is 6 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time so you can be checked in and around the fire by 6. We will start the sharing promptly at 6 p.m., and an important part of the ceremony is the interaction and synergy that takes place through all of us sharing and supporting each other's intentions for the lodge. There is about an hour of preparation before going in the lodge, and once in the lodge, the ceremony lasts around 3 hours, sometimes less, sometimes more. Please plan on staying for the entire ceremony even if you do not stay in the lodge until the completion. This request is to honor all those in attendance and the ancestors who have come to join with us as well.
POSSIBILITY OF RAIN: In holding lodges here since October of 2008, we have never had rain that stopped us from getting the fire lit and heating the rocks, so we do hold them rain or shine of the moon. And, being in the rain around the fire and then hearing the drops in the lodge is a most pleasant experience. That's right, we don't have to hide from the rain. It’s beautiful! smile.
PARKING: If you wouldn't mind, please park down the street a bit from our place (or really the farther away the better). And please not in front of the place to our left (facing our house that is) 2583 Young. Our neighbors are not happy when there are a lot of cars parked in the cul-de-sac, and we want to keep the peace. If you get here on the early side and want to park in our driveway (if there is space), feel free.
PREPARATION: Eat light before the lodge (not fasting, just don't eat a big stake dinner or something like that) and hydrate yourself well all day (but not too much just before going in for the sake of bladder comfort). We strongly recommend that you not use alcohol or recreational drugs at least 3 days before the lodge (and definitely not the same day for alcohol as it will dehydrate you, and you are going to need your hydration). You will be purifying and it will be easier and more enjoyable the more toxin free you are to begin with. On that subject, eating and drinking healthy (if you don’t already) leading up to the lodge is also helpful. Bring two towels and loose fitting cotton clothing (shorts & t-shirt are ideal or some people prefer bathing suits or trunks) to change into for the sweat lodge, or wear your lodge clothes and bring clothing to change into afterward as you will be soaked. Sandals are helpful as well. Bring plenty of bottled water. IF YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS--ESPECIALLY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR HEART CONDITIONS--YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN SWEAT LODGES.
MOON CYCLE: As a non-traditional lodge, we do not subscribe to the practice of prohibiting women to participate if they are on their moon cycle. So you are fine to join the lodge if you are on your cycle. If you want more information about the philosophy behind this decision just ask.
MEDICINE GIFT: The medicine gift is optional and always appreciated especially if it is your first time to the lodge. Substances relating to fire are always the best medicine gifts, such as sage (which we are getting low on), sweet grass (which we are just about out of) and tobacco (which we are pretty well stocked on for now). And we can always use more wood as well.
ADDRESS: 2593 Young Avenue Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Again my phone is 805-469-9847. You are looking for a house at the end of the cul-de-sac. Remember to park down the street a bit.
If you are not on the meetup group, you can join, so that you receive notifications of the lodge schedule, or request to be on my email list and you will receive notices for all of our events. Here is the meetup link: http://www.meetup.com/Sweat-Lodge-Shamanic-Studies-Los-Angeles-Ventura/ . Just mention that you have already been approved by me, and I will approve your membership. Please see our other meetup groups at http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angels-Ventura-Spirituality-Meditation-Meetup-Group and http://www.meetup.com/Full-Moon-World-Healing-Meditation-Ceremony .
IF YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS--ESPECIALLY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR HEART CONDITIONS--YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN SWEAT LODGES.
INTERNET REVIEWS OF ALL NATIONS LODGE: Below are some links to articles and a short NBC Dateline interview with All Nations Lodge:
NBC Dateline Video: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/44980612#44980612
Alexis Cox Blog—very clear description of the All Nations Lodge ceremony
Whole Life Times Article on sweat lodges interview with Patrick Harbula and others.
Space is limited: To reserve or for more information call 805-469-9847. Also call this number if you are coming and need to call at the last minute to find the place or anything else.
Please see our other meetup groups at http://www.meetup.com/Full-Moon-World-Healing-Meditation -... and http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angels-Ventura-Spirituality-Mee ...
Located in Thousand Oaks, Southern California and serving Ventura County, L. A.--Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara County.
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