NEXT SWEATLODGE: April 2nd (Good Friday) 3pm – 7pm See events to book your space Awakening Centre Sacred Sweatlodge ceremonies are based on ancient Lakota rituals with added elements coming from a variety of Shamanic and meditation traditions. The lodge itself symbolises the womb. We enter in sacred silence and then experience the power of heated volcanic stones, blessed water, sacred herbs, guided meditations and group chants, before being re-born cleansed and purified. It is important to follow some specific preparation guidelines to attend a Sweatlodge ceremony, all potential attendees need to fill in a health check form and once done we will send the specific preparation email We offer complete Sweatlodge Ceremony including creating sacred shared space to open and close the ritual and conclude with a shared meal for your private group of 10-15 participants. We occasionally offer public groups, and when available will be listed on our Events calendar Contact us on 07 5494 2101 or via email for bookings and enquiries. This video shows Laurel preparing the lodge and setting the fire for one of her New Moon Womb women’s lodges: The Sacred Sweatlodge has a long and wonderful history, spanning several continents, names and traditions. The current revival in Sweatlodge comes to us courtesy of a number of Native American and meso-American traditions, where fortunately this amazing practice has been carried on into modern times. In other cultures, particularly in northern Europe and the British Isles, there are remnants of evidence that ceremonial sweating was part of general spiritual traditions. The Irish and other British Isles Celtic peoples have recently revived their teach an alais, which was a purification ritual using a space dug into the side of a hill and covered with turf. And of course the modern Scandinavian and Finnish sauna is a remnant of an age-old tradition which is nowadays preserved as a social and physical cleansing experience. Unfortunately the dominance of patriarchal religion over the past couple of millennia has seen the spiritual aspects of these traditions and many others all but wiped out. Our lodge ceremonies are very much based on the Lakota tradition from the mid-western USA, but we have incorporated elements of other traditions: Celtic, Sufi, Yogic, indigenous Australian among others. The ceremony takes place in a specially-built dome-shaped structure covered in canvas and containing a central pit for heated stones. We are smudged with sacred white sage before entering the lodge and in this traditional all participants will be given a small piece of tobacco as an offering of gratitude to the Fire. During the ceremony several rounds of red-hot volcanic rocks are brought into the inipi, placed in the central pit, blessed with sacred herbs and words and then sprinkled with blessed water. This is enhanced by guided meditations, chants and drumming. The whole ceremony lasts between 90 and 120 minutes, we ask that you allow 3-4 hrs for these events that includes showering, sharing and feasting Preparation Before you can join a sweatlodge ceremony you’ll be sent a link to an online form to fill-in. This takes about 5mins, it is an important health check All you need to prepare will be sent via email prior to the ceremony, Intention Like any deep experience, your intention or prayer for the ceremony is very important, and worth having a good think about before you arrive. Clothing  We follow the Lakota way which is a modesty lodge, no nudity. Women are asked to wear sweat-dresses that cover shoulders and knees and men wear board shorts or sarong. What to bring:
  • Two towels (one to sit on in the lodge, the other for when you rinse off in the shower or swimming pool afterwards), a sarong or similar to preserve your modesty outside of the lodge.
  • A water bottle to make sure you’re hydrated before the ceremony
Some words you might hear in the lodge ceremony: “Aho” … means “I have spoken”, said at the end of an intention statement or when you have finished a sharing. Often echoed by the rest of the group, accompanied by the namaste gesture (praying hands at the heart). “Mitakuye Oyasin” … means “all my relations”, an expression of the interconnectedness of all beings in the universe. We use this as a blessing for the stones as they are brought into the lodge. “Senna” … means simply “thank-you” “Tunkashila” … Great Spirit