New Years Day Steam Blessing
February 5th, 2022
Fire starts at 10 in lodge about 11:30
There will be a feast after the ceremony
Led by: Nan Citty Firekeeper: Paradise Kirkland Lodge elder: Steve Citty
Steam Blessing & Prayer Lodge
As we work through what we hope are the end days of the pandemic, we decided that in place of the sweat lodge this month, we are holding a steam blessing purification lodge. This event will be held at the site of the sweat lodge. The lodge will not be covered and the participants will sit around the outside. Each person will have a sheet to cover themselves with and a hot stone to provide heat and steam. Nan will lead the lodge and guide us through the blessing. There will be drumming,songs and prayers.
Much like a sweat lodge, the purification lodge can be an intensely rewarding experience. We seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer. The experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam and the heat help intensify and hold our prayers and add to our personal introspection.
The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.
Steam Blessing Lodge: The fire is generally started at 10:00 am.
It is suggested that you to arrive near this time so you can prayerfully prepare for the lodge.
- Call Steve Citty, 1-865-300-4424 for information on lodges.
- If you have any questions, please ask the lodge master and/or the fire tender.
- Composting toilets are located in the meadow and near the Peace Sound Chamber.
- You may change clothes in either the Peace Sound Chamber or the composting toilets.
Feast Afterwards (may depend on Covid conditions)
After the Steam Blessing Lodge we will share a potluck feast. Please bring potluck type food (casseroles, salads, fruits, meat or vegetable dishes). We will gather in the kitchen at the house and share a meal.
It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary donation for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.
Directions to the Sweat Lodge
Leaving the driveway at the Center, turn right on Graves-Delozier Road. At the first right (a paved road), drive down the hill. Please park in the meadow. The sweat lodge is in the north end of the meadow.
Donations for the Lodge
The Center for Peace is a non-profit organization that is blessed to continue based on the donations of members and those who attend its functions. Donations are used to support the sweat lodge. A cord of wood, for example, costs more than $200. We use lots of wood for the fire as well as supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, sweetgrass, and more. Donations are always appreciated.
THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE FOR CEREMONY. IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING ABUNDANT, PLEASE DON’T ALLOW THIS TO PREVENT YOU FROM COMING. If you have no idea what would be appropriate, we would suggest $20 although less, more, an item, and/or a prayer would also be very much appreciated.