Filston Farm, Shoreham, Kent
For first time attendees:
A preparatory consultation is required before your first sweat lodge which can be arranged either remotely or face to face at triyoga
Death and Rebirth: The Transformative Power of the Sweat Lodge
The sweat lodge is a purification ceremony; it relieves stress, cleanses toxins from the body, provides a cure for illness, releases negativity and revitalises the life force. It also helps to remove obstacles obstructing one’s spiritual path. The lodge is also responsible for expelling the cold and harmful winds from the body and reinstating warm and vital energy.
It was originally employed to heal mother and child after childbirth and is often referred to as The Womb of the Earth as its energy is distinctly nurturing and maternal, drawing us closer to earth and the female principle in nature. It is an integral part of traditional Maya medicine, used for the treatment and prevention of disease.
Essentially it is a natural steam bath, made by driving pliant willow into the ground and covered with blankets. Hot volcanic basalt stones are heated on a fire outside then placed in a hole in the centre and dowsed with water and herbs. The medicinal steam and the healing power of the elements help one to open and cleanse.
Each ceremony has a distinct theme or teaching which is explored through the different rounds with prayer, song, meditation, story telling, visualisation and purifying practices. The lodge ends when all the rocks from the fire are used up which may take up to five hours.