July 2nd, 2022
fire starts at 10am, in lodge about 11:30am
Led by: Nan Citty Firekeeper: Paradise Kirkland Lodge elder: Steve Citty
We returned to the sweat lodge on the first Saturday in April.
We understand that not all feel comfortable yet with the idea of being in confined space. For those who wish to come to the ceremony but prefer not to go into the lodge, we will offer individual steam blessings (see below) outside the lodge.
There will be a community (pot luck) meal after the lodge. Bring a dish or fruit or soft drink to share.
Corona Virus protocols
In this time of Corona Virus, We know that each individual has the right to choose for themselves what they will participate in and what they will avoid. We wish to support all of our friends in whatever choice they may make. Many of us feel safe in our own choice to participate fully in the sweat lodge. Others may find that they are not yet ready to do so.
For anyone who is concerned with COVID health issues we offer a Personal Purification Lodge which includes those wanting this to sit in a chair or the ground outside the Lodge and have stones brought to you. It is powerful and gives us all options.
Purification & Prayer Lodge
A sweat lodge, or a stone people’s lodge, can be an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the mother’s womb (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.
Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness 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.
SATURDAY 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 Sound Peace Chamber.
- You may change clothes in either the Sound Peace Chamber or the composting toilets.
Suggested Items to Bring
- Please dress modestly for this ceremony.
- Two towels (one to bring in the lodge with you and one for after the lodge)
- Change of clothes.
- Food to share for the feast after the lodge.
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.