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in touch with Nature and Mother Earth is the best way!
Celebrate and commune with Spirit at an
Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge
Entering the Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge, Santa
Fe, New Mexico
the information on this page to gain a deeper understand
of what a sweat lodge is and what happens during the ceremony.
again so very much for the incredible sweat lodge experience.
I had reached a plateau in my journey of recovery from child
abuse and neglect, and the sweat lodge experience helped
me break down internal barriers to future progress. I am
more self-confident and spiritually connected, and I have
already made great progress in my therapy work since my
return. I was led to the lodge and to you, Raven, for a
reason, and that was to reach the next level in my healing
process. I am so glad I made a leap of faith and trust to
try a new approach. And thank all of you for your hospitality
and good company following the ceremony."
of an Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge
the power of renewal.
prayer, song and the setting of intention you heal
and purify yourself as well as Mother Earth.
new insight into your true path.
with your Medicine Path, the unseen world around you,
you alies, guides, & teachers.
honoring the powers and energies of Spirit through ceremony
you leave the womb of mother earth a new person, leaving
behind that which no longer serves you.
new people and have lots of fun!
you are a AAA (automobile club) member in New Mexico, you
may have read a fabulous article by Dimity McDowell that
included Raven and the lodge at Spirit of Nature Retreat.
The article was focused on native american spirituality
and spas. When Dimity called to interview Raven about sweat
lodges, he said, "You can't write about one unless
you have experienced it." So she came. It was delightful
meeting her and like so many before her, she had a powerful
experience. The photos were fabulous of our lodge and Raven
with the moose skull that hangs outside the healing sanctuary
- we often get really odd gifts. Here are a couple
of quotes from the article:
as the doors opened after the 2nd round) ". . . I'm
grateful for the rejuvenating air and for surviving the
second of four rounds in the lodge, but I'm more appreciative
of the lightness I feel in both my body and mind, and
for the healing, compassionate presence I sense around
me." When the lodge is complete she comments that,
"All I can do is savor the silence and the strong
sense of inner peace and purpose, which I've never before
experienced with such intensity."
- Dimity McDowell, AAA New Mexico Magazine
Woman's Experience of the Earth Sky Lodge:
would like to dedicate this poem to Raven and Spirit
of Nature, in appreciation for my wonderful experience
at his Sacred Medicine Lodge.
watched Raven as he walked and prayed,
gathered wood and prepared for the sweat lodge ceremony
that lovely day.
The air was charged with magic as little people gathered
and dragons hovered near.
We gathered blankets and tarps to cover the willows
bent in homage forming a dome-shaped dwelling.
Precious objects were placed upon the alter to be
as the fire cooked lava rocks until they smoldered
We followed Raven on hands and knees clockwise into
carefully around the fire pit that awaited the stones.
Stone people were carried upon deer horn to the fire
as Raven blessed each stone with cedar praying all
We sat waiting in the darkness humble and quiet
as ancient spirits sang thru Raven while he prayed
and played his music.
We were transported back to a time when ancient ones
sat in sacred circle
connected to Great Spirit and Mother Earth.
Thru Raven, the winged ones chased problems from our
hearts and minds,
gently and kindly Raven led us through the ritual.
We met each direction giving our sweat to Mother Earth.
Burdens lifted from our shoulders, my mind cleared.
My heart opened as I moved through the prayers, sounds
After the fourth direction we followed Raven on hands
into the cold night - warm, purified and free.
Fire crackled its dying embers, Grandmother Moon shone
as star people smiled upon us on that cold winter
Raven then brought us into his home,
his kindness and care continuing to nourish us with
food and drink.
As I drove home that night I knew I had undergone
transformation of my Soul
- that Mother Earth had my burdens.
I prayed, grateful for Raven and all his relations
for this most wonderful and beautiful experience.
I have been in many Native American sweats,
but none where I have felt so accepted and so at home.
Maureen Jett, Santa Fe, NM
of the Lodge:
provide a doorway or access to parts of yourself and parts
of the Universe that are usually hidden from view. The ceremony and the Lodge offer you a time of renewal and reflection.
The Earth Sky Lodge is a safe sacred space that allows for purification, transformation, and deep healing.
Takara, we've been meaning to email you since the beautiful
day we spent with you and Raven. What an amazing experience..it
has given us both so much. Thank you for the opportunity
to meet you and Raven and to participate in the sweat
lodge experience. Thanks to you both for all the
work you are doing in the world!" - Debbie and Matt,
During the creation of the 9 Fires Medicine Wheels of Peace,
many participants have reported having extraordinary experiences
- everything from energetic awakenings to visual, auditory
and kinesthetic perceptions. Here are just a few of their
was sitting with my eyes closed. I could hear Raven making
a sound, but I did not know what he was doing. Every time
he made the sound, I found myself raising my arms above
my head feeling energy flowing through me. The third time
this happened, I opened my eyes to see what he was doing.
I realized that I was feeling the activation and raising
my arms at the same time that Raven was raising his as
he directed the energy of the pillar upwards. It was an
amazing experience." - participant Eldorado, NM
time Raven ignited a fire during the activation, I felt
energy move right through my heart and expand my heart
chakra." - participant Eldorado, NM
"I'm glad I was so grounded or I would have fallen
over. When Raven activated the 9th fire in the center
of the wheel, I could see this ball of energy raise up
and move skyward. It kept going higher and higher and
getting bigger and bigger until it just disappeared into
the sky. I usually don't see things like that. It was
quite something." - participant Pagosa Springs, CO
was definitely the highlight of my three days here."
- participant at a 3-day conference at Ghost Ranch, NM
The Steps and Stages
of a Lodge:
begin with the lighting of the Sacred Fire. The Fire heats
the Grandfather Stones that are used in the lodge. The number
of stone people used in each lodge varies but is usually
between 16 and 28. There is a Fire Tender that is in charge
of working with the fire and the energies for getting the
stones and lodge area prepared for ceremony. Usually we
have a teaching circle and discussions about the lodge and
any special intention that is being set for that day. Following
this we prepare our selves by smudging, praying to the fire
and the stone people and enter the lodge. We enter the lodge
on hands and knees, being humble before Creator and leaving
our egos and expectations at the door.
yourself the gift of self exploration through ceremony,
spiritual community, and new paradigms of unfolding
with Raven . . . don't let this opportunity pass you
- Page Press, Santa Fe, NM
for the various symbols, rituals, and customs used in the
- The lodge represents the womb of Mother Earth. It is the
place that we go to be reborn, to purify ourselves and to
heal. Inside is dark, warm and wet just like the womb of
our own mother. It is through this womb that we begin a
- The Sacred Fire represents the Fire of Creation. It is
the place where the Grandfathers are heated and return to
their original form. It is the place where we give back
all that no longer serves us to be transmuted and returned
to Creator to be made useful again. The fire is sacred in
many traditions and often burns for the duration of an event.
This could be several days. Do not approach the fire without
permission of the fire tender. Always ask before offering
tobacco to the fire.
- The alter is between the fire pit and the lodge. It represents
all of creation. It creates a bridge to connect the physical
and spiritual worlds. It also connects the lodge and the
sacred fire. This is where offerings and sacred objects
are placed to be charged (or blessed) with the energy of
between the fire and the alter - this is the line of
communication between the fire and the lodge. It is sacred
and should never be crossed as this could interfere with
the energies that are being created. The fire tender and
ceremonial leader will often cross this line, however they
are intimately involved in what is happening and this does
not interfere with the energies.
directions - The directions are honored in many different
ways. They represent the teachings and wisdom of our ancestors,
Mother Earth, Father Sky, the elements, animals and all
of our relations. Each direction has a color, animal, plant
and mineral that correspond to it.
Stones - The ancient wisdom of Mother Earth is contained
within the stone people. If we listen and watch we can receive
messages from them in the lodge that will assist us in our
own lives. We use the stone people until they split open,
giving up all of their wisdom and power to us at that time.
They are then placed around the fire pit to watch over their
- to cleanse ourselves and clear away any negative or lower
vibrational energies to be returned to Creator to be transformed.
- a sacred plant used in smudging.
- after smudging, sweetgrass helps to bring in the sweetness
of life and balance our energy.
- the drum is sacred and represents the heartbeat of Mother
Earth. It connects us with Creator through song and sound.
- the songs we sing open us for healing and strengthen our
connection to each other and Source.
- There are usually 4 rounds. Each round has a different
purpose and can vary from lodge to lodge.
Medicine - This is what all of the different plants,
songs, prayers are called. They are all medicine because
they help us heal. We call the lodge a Medicine Lodge because
the whole purpose is about becoming whole and finding our
about an Earth Sky (sweat)
"We thank you for a wonderful, inspirational, and healing
time. . . we feel the positive effect already. . . . Thank
you again for providing a place where people can heal, and
renew their spirit within. It was a real treat for the two
- Regina and Weldon Merritt, Santa Fe, NM
"Although my time with Raven and Takara was short,
I have never felt so connected to the Universal Source.
It has changed my life forever. . . They helped me Empower
my life. For this I will be eternally grateful."
- James Jeffrey, San Clemente, CA
". . . you (Takara) and Raven have been so guided,
so intuitive, so "ready" that you were given information
ahead of most of us. I just wanted to acknowledge you for
your inner wisdom, your willingness to share it, the love
that you are. NO accident that the two of you were brought
together to do your work."
- Joy Linsley, Chicago, IL
to Bring to a Lodge:
participants will need to bring: a tobacco offering (any
loose leaf or pipe tobacco), a small gift for the fire tender
(crystal, candle, tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, handmade item),
two towels, water bottle, lodge clothing - which is a dress
or sarong for women and shorts or swim trunks for men. We
have a feast and sharing after the lodge and we ask people
to bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Please
DO NOT bring pets. Bring children ONLY by prior arrangement
or if you are bringing your own babysitter. Thanks.
Exchange for the Ceremony
Within native culture everyone knows that
there is always an energetic exchange given to the medicine
person or facilitator for healing or ceremony. There is
not that same understanding in non-native cultures unless
they have been taught. And these non-native people are primarily
who visit the Spirit of Nature lodge. That is why there
is a minimum donation. Because in white society, if you
don't ask or at least explain about energetic exchange,
many give nothing.
The Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge is not a traditional
lodge. It is based on the many forms of sweat experience
available throughout the world and the prayers and inner
guidance received by Raven. Numerous natives from a variety
of traditions have participated in the Earth Sky (sweat)
Lodge including two who proclaimed that it was one of the
most powerful lodges they have ever experienced. Several
teachers, including native elders, who lead workshops in
Santa Fe, often have Raven facilitate a lodge as part of
their experience in the Southwest. The "white"
groups typically bring money and tobacco. The "native"
people typically bring gifts and tobacco. Both are simply
giving what is common within their society.
Raven spends the entire day preparing the
space and the Lodge in order for people to have the sacred
and powerful experience that they do. He doesn't own the
property and it takes much money and time to keep the space
available. He lives in white western society where products
and services are exchanged for money. He requests an energetic
exchange that he feels is fair and affordable. He therefore
feels that receiving a monetary donation is equivalent to
the traditional gifts always offered to a shaman, medicine
person, or ceremonial leader in an indigenous culture.
to Get the Most Benefit:
yourself why you are attending and set a strong intention.
Speak with your guides and helpers and ask that they be
there to assist you as you heal and purify. Come with an
open heart and a clear mind. Leave your judgments and expectations
Raven is no longer offering sweat lodge.
Megwetch, Thank you.
from Earth Sky (sweat) Lodge to the Spirit of Nature spirituality
and shamanism home page.
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