Sweat Lodges

 DATES FOR WINTER-SPRING 2017:

March 12
April 9
May 14

Please email RSVP to Maggie Murphy (murphy.maggie@hotmail.com); if a lodge is canceled, an email will be sent to you.

Come join us in this ancient ritual of purification, healing and prayer, practiced in many forms around the world.

Spiritually speaking, we do not claim a specific spiritual lineage for Lodge at Spirit Hollow.  That being said, we respect lodge as the sacred gift it is, and we do our best to hold Lodge in a good and holy way that is respectful to those how have come before, those who are here now and those will come after. We believe Lodge is a place of prayer, a place of healing and a place to go within the womb of the Mother and be reborn.

Logistics and Timing:

Lodge starts at 10AM with the dressing of the Lodge and the building and lighting of the Fire.  Ending varies, but is usually between 5 and 6 PM.

As a general rule, the stones need to be in the fire a minimum of 2 hours.  Once the stones are heated, Lodge generally takes between 2 to 3 hours, but can take as long as it takes based on the needs of the participants.

Lodge consists of four rounds: East, South, West and North.  The Pourer, who leads Lodge, asks the Fire Tender to bring in a number of stones before each round.  After the stones are welcomed, the door is closed and the round begins.  At the end of each round, the door is opened.  The participants can leave and come back in between rounds; while outside the lodge, we still hold sacred space.

Anyone may leave the lodge at any time if s/he needs to.  We ask that you tell us first so we can open the door as it is very dark inside, and there are extremely hot rocks in the center.  If you wish to return, you may when the door opens at the end of the round.

If you have a medical condition that might be aggravated by high heat, talk to your physician before attending, and if you get an “ok,” please also discuss it with the lodge leader before you decided to enter the lodge.

After Lodge, we usually break down the lodge and then have a potluck together.  This time is good because it is not recommended to drive immediately after leaving Lodge.  Use this time to ground, rehydrate and share in community before getting on the road.

Preparations and Things to Bring:

Come, having eaten lightly; drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated before Lodge.  Bring loose, comfortable clothing (sarong, bathing trucks or suit) to wear in Lodge.  Bring a towel to sit on and one to dry off with.  Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share after Lodge.

Optional, bring an offering for the outdoor altar.

Maggie’s Lodge Experience:

“I first started going to Lodge in the early nineties on Block Island, where Lodge was poured by Prim Das and Smita, a couple trained in the Lakota tradition.  When I moved to Albany, I found Spirit Hollow’s community and began going to Lodge, led by Ananda Forrest there.

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I was introduced to House of Mica and began to go to Lodge, led by Rick and Elise Cotroneo there.  On return visits to Block Island, I have attended Lodge let by Carl Bigheart; I have also joined the Heron Brook Haven community where Tim and Jana pour.

I began pouring rounds at Spirit Hollow several years ago with Ananda and Tim Bell and have now led Lodge at Spirit Hollow for five years.  Each of these experiences has taught me and given me valuable insights about leading Lodge and I continue to learn from my teachers about this.”

General Wish List:

There is no charge for Lodge at Spirit Hollow.  All are welcome. There are some things we could use and, if you wish to donate, here are is Maggie’s wish list:

  • Spirit Hollow truly needs blankets for Lodge.  The old ones have become holey more than holy, if you know what I mean, and may have had to be thrown away.  We are asking everyone to please keep an eye out for good blankets to donate.  We are aiming to have Lodge be dark and warm, using the fewest blankets to do that without weighing the structure down; so think opaque, warm, light weight.  Woolen Army blankets work well.
  • We need good stones and, by that, I mean ones that are roughly the size of or slightly smaller than a football, that come from land and never from a river or water and that are not sedimentary (e.g. shale).  Of course, volcanic rocks are the best if anyone has some. It gets a little tricky here because we also need you to ask the stone if it wants to be a lodge stone at Spirit Hollow and, if it does, to make an offering to the land where the stone was and to the stone itself when you gather it.
  • And lastly, Spirit Hollow Lodge depends on monetary donations to purchase wood; donations throughout the year toward this are appreciate.