Sacred Sweat Lodge (Inipi) Ceremony (Saturday night)

Sacred Sweat Lodge (Inipi) Ceremony (Saturday night)


Saturday, July 13, 7-10 pm

You are welcome to join us for a sacred sweat lodge ceremony according to Native American tradition. A sweat lodge may be described as a Native American prayer and purification ceremony, a cleansing and affirmation of the spirit. The sweat lodge at Breitenbush will be conducted by Nunpa, a kind and wise man who has led the Sweat Lodges for our Breitenbush retreats for over 15 years.

In a sweat lodge, a frame of saplings is covered with hides or blankets. Stones are heated in a fire and then placed in a pit in the center of the lodge. Water is then poured on the stones to create steam. Participants sit around the hot stones in a circle and are guided through the ceremony.

Sweat lodges can be arduous and will last three to four hours. Eat only eat a light meal beforehand. Wear loose clothing — you will sweat. This activity is open to everyone over age 15. Please note that women on their moon (menstrual) cycle are asked to refrain from participation because of the powerful flow of energy they’re already undergoing. 

Read more in the sweat lodge handout (PDF) to decide whether you want to participate. 

There is no charge to individual participants for the sweat lodge ceremony itself. PNWSM pays associated costs, such as lodging for the sweat leader and firewood. A donation to PNWSM is requested to help cover these costs; after you register, you will receive an email with a link to make a donation. Also, it is customary after the sweat lodge for each participant to make offerings to the leader and fire tender, such as pipe tobacco, spiritual gifts, food, or money. 

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