Cleansing & Purification Weekend

The Firewalking Academy near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Includes the opportunity for a Sweat Lodge & Shamanic Journeying

Day one runs from 1pm till 9:30pm. Day two runs from 10am till 4pm.

5th & 6th March 2022

Onsite camping available

Background

Sweat lodges and the purification ceremonies held within them have been part of ancestral ceremonies for thousands of years. Although mostly known from Native American tribes, sweat lodges are found in (amongst other) Nordic, African, Celtic, Siberian, Roman and Peruvian historical and spiritual practice.

These ancient teachings and methods have been passed down by our forefathers so we can experience, heal, and purify in the way of our ancestors. Not just for ourselves but for the world around us. Partaking in a “sweat” is a deep, powerful, and transformative practice that can bring about genuine emotional cleansing.

Sweatlodge

All of our workshops, ceremonies and events have you at the heart of them.

What Is A Sweat Lodge?

Logistically the lodge itself is traditionally made from supple branches arched into a dome shape. This is covered with skins or blankets, creating a low tent-like space. A small pit is dug into the centre of the structure and participants sit around the centre.
Hot stones are brought into the lodge, before the door is closed, creating a near pitch black environment. Water is poured over the rocks during the ceremony to create warmth and steam. The lodge is run over a series of rounds, in between each round the door is opened and water is passed around.
Beyond those simple logistics lies one of the most powerful ceremonies you may have the honour to experience The connections, cleansing rituals and healing ceremonies associated with the lodge have the genuine power to be transformative to both yourself and the world around you.

We run our sweat lodges as a traditional spiritual ceremony and treat it with the respect that it deserves. That said, there is often laughter and joviality. We are all human, and for us the best healing tool is smiles, laughter and community. Expect some seriousness, tied in with genuine real connections, open heartedness, honesty, healing and the opportunity to learn from the teachings of both our ancestors and the world around us.
All of our workshops, ceremonies and events have you at the heart of them. So, whether you have experienced Shamanic practice or a sweat lodge before, or have never taken part in a spiritual ceremony, this can be an immensely powerful, transformative, and enjoyable experience.

What Is Journey Work?

The Shamanic journey has been used as a meditation, and a method of reaching a lucid dream state, connecting ourselves with our inner thoughts, ancestral teachings and with the spirit world. This powerful tool can bring about deeper understanding of ourselves and the natural environment we live in.
In this Shamanic path, we consider everything to be alive and interconnected, bearing an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. Power animals and guides are a spiritual representation of this, demonstrating a person’s interconnection to all life, their qualities of character and their power, their inner self. They are an entity creating a symbiotic relationship and guiding your journey into awareness.
It’s with respect to our ancestors and the wisdom they have left us that we offer the opportunity to learn the principles of Shamanic journeying and the opportunity to begin creating a relationship with your personal animal and spirit guides.

Is It Right For Me?

The aim of the weekend is to provide an open space, for all to grow, cleanse and release as needed, all with respect to the teachings of our ancestor’s spiritual connection.

Day One

We will incorporate meditations, group work, talking stick and facilitation in Shamanic journeying to create or strengthen your connection to your personal animal and spiritual guides.  We will use these connections and learnings to set our intentions for personal healing in the sweat lodge at the end of this day.

Day Two

Will be based upon reflection and letting go. Preparing us to take the teachings and experiences given, back into our daily lives. Using the tools from day one and some holistic reflection practices to move ourselves forward.

A sweat lodge ceremony is so much more than just the lodge itself.

We will spend some time in circle, getting to know each other as a tribe, learning the ceremony of the sweat lodge and prepare through techniques such as guided meditation and journey work. We will create the fire and dress the lodge as a tribe. Whilst the fire heats the rocks, there will be time for some personal reflection and meditation, before coming back together for the sweat lodge itself.

The time in the lodge varies but expect to be in the sweat lodge for at least an hour, through several ’rounds’.

After the lodge there is a shared feast, where we have the opportunity to talk freely, give thanks for the teachings given & received, laugh together, make new friends and generally enjoy the energies of the group experience.

The opportunities to take part in the sweat lodge ceremony and shamanic Journeying are optional, but no additional charge is made for these. In keeping with Lakota tradition, after the ceremony, you will be invited to make a voluntary donation directly to the lodge keeper to recognise his skill and expertise in leading you through this ceremony and journey.

Please Note: Camping tickets are per person, not per pitch, so please ensure you book a corresponding number of camping tickets to people in your party. We are able to provide a pitch only – i.e. we cannot provide camping equipment. we do provide access to communal showers and access to toilets. If camping is booked, you may arrive on site from 11am on day one to allow for set up.