Building the sweat lodge
This is not an extensive guide.
All the moves are sacred here.
A sacred space invites you to enter
deeply in touch with the Self in the most common circumstances.
How could I render this with pictures?
Only the direct experience can allow you to integrate this energy
in your cells.
What follows may give you a taste of the external part of the ceremony.
The best branches are from the river willow.
This time we had eucalyptus branches.
Ask each branche if it's willing to be part of the sweat lodge before
Make sure they are flexible enough.
Check the directions
Create the firepit area
with open doors to the 4 directions
Make the path towards the
Move the rocks and the wood for the fire consciously.
Clean the firepit.
Dig a 20 inch deep
hole of to receive the Grandfathers stones in the sweat area
Find the 4 directions and take equal distances
around the center of the sweat lodge's central hole.
Holes for the branches
held by stones.
Start with the east.
All together supporting the branches. They
cannot break. Bend gently.
Start with the east west
Next is the south north connection
And finally the four in between directions
Tie the branches together with jute and make
sure no threads are left hanging.
And this was the result
Some blankets and plastic to cover it
and you are ready to go.
Don't forget to burn your prayers ties
after the sweat !